Seniors John Livingston (B.M.A.) and Eddie Sundra (B.M.) have been named the winners of the Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Music Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the Penn State School of Music. Created in memory of Marjorie Jane Brewster (’61 B.A. Arts) by her father, the scholarship is awarded based on competition to selected undergraduates in their final year of study who wish to pursue advanced degrees. The scholarship supports one year of graduate study at any accredited institution of higher learning or conservatory of the student’s choice.
Pianist John Livingston played Alexander Scriabin's Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30 and an excerpt from the Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites for the scholarship competition. He was assisted by soprano Lisa Rogali and tenor Carlos Feliciano. He is the previous winner of the School of Music's Presser Scholarship and the College of Arts and Architecture's Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, John plans to pursue graduate study in collaborative piano. He is a piano student of Steven Smith.
Clarinet major Eddie Sundra played the third movement of Frank Ticheli's Clarinet Concerto, titled "Riffs for Lenny." He also performed the first movement of the Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 120 by Johannes Brahms. From Media, Pennsylvania, Eddie is a clarinet student of Anthony Costa. Upon his spring 2014 graduation, Eddie hopes to enter a graduate program in clarinet performance. He is a former winner of the school's Eleanor Beene Scholarship, and is one of the winners of the 2013-2014 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.
Soprano Julia Wolcott, a voice student of Jennifer Trost, was named first alternate. Second and third alternates were Kate Anderson and Brennan Lagan, both students of saxophone professor David Stambler.