Students Win Maryland Music Award

Two Washington Adventist University music majors walked away with the Maryland State Music Teachers Association Chamber Music Festival Award at an annual competition held March 17 in the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center on the University campus.

Tucker Kiplinger Tenor Aaron Tucker, and piano performance major Jonathan Kiplinger, performed three works for the competition: Una furtiva lagrima from the opera “Elixer of Love” by Gaetano Donizetti, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss, and Widmung by Robert Schumann.

The two judges for the event, pianist Yoon Huh and violinist Eva Cappelletti Chao, praised the duo for their “great teamwork.” One judge described Tucker’s singing as “exquisite” and compared him to a young Placido Domingo. Another judge praised Keplinger’s “beautiful tone” on the piano.

Tucker studies voice with Dr. Medea Namoradze at WAU, while Keplinger studies piano with Dr. Daniel Lau.
This festival is a statewide competition of chamber music for duos, trios, and quartets in three divisions: pre-high school, high school, and collegiate.

The collegiate division of the Chamber Music Festival is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the state of Maryland. The Chamber Music Festival is co-chaired by WAU music faculty members Lau and Dr. Mark Di Pinto.