Cara Smith of Brielle, NJ, won best female artist at the 11th annual International Acoustic Music Awards. Finalists included Susan Cattaneo ’97, Oscare Peñas ’01, Emily White ’07, Devin D’Amato ’14, and Annie Johnson ’13.
In July, KC Daugirdas of North Hollywood, CA, conducted the premiere of his five-movement choral cantata The Singing Revolution at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, featuring 1,400 singers and a 40-piece symphonic band. Visit daugirdasmusic.com.
Jessica Brizuela of Pasadena, CA plays with the Los Angeles Harp Ensemble. She performed and presented a workshop at the American Harp Society 2015 Summer Institute in Logan, Utah. Visit jessicabrizuela.com.
Gizem Gokoglu of New York City had her composition “Inhale” awarded honorable mention in the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) Composition Contest. It will be performed and recorded live by the SWOJO with guitarist Mimi Fox at the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle. Visit gizemgokoglu.com.