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2016 Winner – Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition

Women in Music Columbus (WMC) announced on Saturday, October 22, 2016, that Allison Smith, 16 (Dublin, OH) is the winner of the 2016 Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition.

The competition took place in the Huntington Recital Hall at Capital University in Bexley. The Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition is an annual competition for violin students (ages 16-24) who reside and/or take lessons in Central Ohio. The winner will receive a $3,000 award, generously donated by the late Dr. Tom Lesher, in memory of his violin teacher, Mary Lane.

Ms. Smith is 16 years old and attends Dublin Jerome High School. She began playing violin when she was 5. Allison currently studies with Annie Fullard at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Doug Locke in Columbus. She is very involved in chamber music; through Chamber Music Connection, Allison has had the opportunity to work with members of the Cavani String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, and the Jupiter String Quartet. Through Encore Chamber Music, Allison has had the opportunity to work with Paul Katz, David Bowlin, and Jinjoo Cho. She is a member of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, and she has also been a part of Regional and All State Orchestra since her freshman year, serving as concertmaster for both Regional and All State in 2016. Allison Smith

Allison performed the following repertoire at the competition:
• Henri Vieuxtemps: Concerto No. 5 in A minor, 1st Movement
• J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor, Chaconne
• Manuel de Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole

Smith has been invited to perform one of her winning pieces at WMC’s Sunday Recital Series on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Riley Auditorium at Otterbein University in Westerville. The recital will include performances by members of Women in Music Columbus, as well as the winner of the Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition, Allison Smith.

The recital is free and open to the public. All donations are generously accepted.

Judges for the 2016 Mary Lane Memorial Violin competition were:

Liz Fisher is a violinist and multi-instrumentalist based in Columbus, OH. She began playing violin at the age of three and has studied with Korine Fujiwara, Leonid Polonsky, and Dr. Kia-Hui Tan. In 2014, Liz received a Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestral Performance from The Ohio State University. She enjoys teaching violin and piano, performing for special occasions and in orchestras from time to time.

Liz is passionate about chamber music as it is presented in classical music and other genres as well. Her main creative project is as the front woman in the Columbus-based Alternative Rock band, The Cordial Sins.

Bruce Johnson is a classical musician and music educator originally from central Ohio who shares his passion for classical music with audiences and students alike. He began playing with the Westerville Symphony when he was just fourteen, and served as principal violist of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras for several years. As an undergraduate Joyce Fellow he was a student of Christine Rutledge at the University of Notre Dame, and later as a graduate student and Beinecke Fellow, studied with Clark Potter at the University of Nebraska. Bruce has held positions with a number of orchestras including the Lincoln and Omaha Symphonies, and over the years has performed with many local groups including the Central Ohio Symphony, Lima Symphony, Capital/Bexley and Westerville Symphonies.

Bruce continues performing, composing and teaching in central Ohio today as a private teacher and coach, a local adjudicator, an educator with Columbus City Schools, and recitalist.

William Manley is a Columbus native who started playing the violin at the age of eight. He spent his high school years at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where he studied with Julia Bushkova. William attended Manhattan School of Music in New York City completing his Bachelor of Music Degree as a student of Albert Markov, Oleh Krysa, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Ariana Bronne. He received his Master of Music degree at Indiana University as a student of Nelli Shkolnikova.

William attended summer festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. William also lived in Hong Kong where he played with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Upon returning to the U.S. he played in the Arkansas Symphony in Little Rock. Since returning to Ohio, William is in his 10th season as a member of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. He also is Assistant Concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic, and is an Associate Musician with the Columbus Symphony.

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