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Student and Faculty Accomplishments

From DUCSOM student to Drake University student!

We are thrilled to announce DUCSOM student Ruby Hummel, from Panora High School, has signed her letter of intent to attend Drake University as a music major.  She is entering as a clarinet major and piano minor.  She will begin classes in fall 2021.  Welcome to Drake!

Ruby Hummel signing

Pictured in back:  James Romain, Music Department Chair; Cynthia Giunta, Director of DUCSOM; Clarence Padilla, clarinet professor
Pictured in front: Ruby Hammel and her proud parents


Congratulations to the following students for their successes!  

Eleanor Burton participated in the Victor Borge piano festival at the Salisbury House on Feb. 26th and received a superior rating.  (from Kathy Gedler studio)

Miles Huston and Emerson Palmer, saxophone, both received 2nd place overall in the 9th/10th grade division at the Perry Band Olympics.  (from John Morgan Studio)

Camryn Johnson was named one of the top five clarinet soloists in her center at Perry Band Olympics.  She is a freshman.  (from Dana Sloter Studio)

Student Spotlight:

Bryson Kinnan performed his high school senior recital on March 29th, 2023.  He opened the program on piano with the Brahms Rhapsody, Op. 79.  He wrote two pieces of his own.  One for piano, titled “Soar” and one for Brass Quintet titled "Fall of a Hero." After performing 2 Tuba Solos, he concluded the program on piano with Stars and Stripes, arranged by the famous Vladimir Horowitz.  Congratulations Bryson on an outstanding senior recital!  (Bryson studies Tuba with Michael Short and piano with Cynthia Giunta)

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our DUCSOM family!  
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