2016 Winners – Advanced Music Study Scholarship
Congratulations to our 2016 Winners
Xinzhu (Zoe) Ma, piano – Capital University
Cameron Leach, marimba – Capital University
The judges chose to award a tie for first place this year. Each of the winners will receive an award of $875 and a solo appearance with the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra on the March 12 concert. A special thanks to the judges and volunteers for this event.
Xinzhu (Zoe) Ma, native of China, currently is a junior at Capital University, majoring in Piano Performance, under tutelage of Dr. Tianshu Wang. A frequent competition winner, Zoe was the finalist of the 7th USASA Yamaha International Competition held in Arizona in 2015. She won the gold cup at the 2014 Pan Asian Young Artist Music Competition in China. She is also the winner of 2014 Graves/OMTA Piano Competition Senior Solo Division. Other honors include winning the regional first prize at the 7th Steinway Piano Competition in China and an Outstanding Performance Award at the Changchun Music Festival. As a winner of the Student Concerto Competition, she recently performed the Piano Concerto by David Maslanka with the Capital Symphonic Band, with the composer in attendance. Maintaining a straight A on her transcript, Zoe demonstrates excellence in the academic work. She is the recipient of the Global Ambassador Award at Capital University, and has won the Keller Award for Outstanding Freshman, the Perrini Award for Outstanding Sophomore, and the Foster Award for Outstanding Keyboard Major.
Cameron Leach is a versatile performer with experience in both the marching and concert realms. He set a world record with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014 and earned a gold medal with the Rhythm X Indoor Percussion Ensemble in 2013. He has been a featured soloist in several chamber settings, including Bob Becker’s Mudra and both Michael Burritt’s Shadow Chasers and White Pines. Cameron recorded the premiere of Dave Maric’s A Greek Tragedy. In 2015, Cameron was a winner of Capital University’s Concerto Competition and received the the Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award. Cameron performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in San Antonio, Texas, with the newly-formed All-Star International Percussion Ensemble. Recently, he received third place in the MACCO/Women in Music Columbus Concerto Competition. Cameron currently studies with Rajesh Prasad, Ryan Kilgore, and Bob Breithaupt at Capital University, and will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance.