Music Student Takes Choral Conducting Prize
School of Music second-year doctor of musical arts (DMA) student, G. Phillip Shoultz III, won first prize in the American Choral Director's Association National Student Conducting Competition - Graduate Division. Of 200 world-wide applicants, he was initially named one of 8 semifinalists. The first round of competition took place on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. From this round he passed on to the finals and took home first place on February 27. In addition to a cash prize, Shoultz won an all expenses paid trip to New York City to conduct the professional choir, The Manhattan Chorale, in concert. Shoultz's advisors are Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey.