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Student Concerto Competition Winners Shine at Kent State Orchestra Concert

Posted Jan. 25, 2011

Richard Jeric, undergraduateOn Sunday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Cartwright Hall, the Kent State University Orchestra, under the tutelage of Dr. Scott Seaton, will present the annual Student Concerto Competition Concert featuring the talents of two Hugh A. Glauser School of Music students who were winners of the Kent State University Concerto Competition.

Tickets are $10, students $5, KSU students free with ID. Cartwright Hall is located at 650 Hilltop Drive, Kent. Cash or check at the door. For tickets contact Larry Andrews at 330-673-4535 or

The Kent State concerto competition finals, which are exclusive to Kent State students, were held in December 2010. With outside judges brought in for the finals, one winner was determined for each the undergraduate and graduate divisions. Winners were chosen from a pool of over 20 finalist candidates. The prize for the two winners is the opportunity to perform their prepared concertos as soloists with the Kent State University Orchestra.

The winner for the undergraduate division is Richard Jeric, piano. Jeric is a senior piano performance major and studies with Dr. Jerry Wong, Kent State's Steinway artist-in-residence. Jeric is originally from Aurora, but moved with his family to Dublin, Ohio eight years ago. Upon graduation, Jeric plans to pursue a Master's degree in piano performance. Jeric has won many competitions. Most recently he has taken prizes from the 2010 and 2008 Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition.

Marlene Ballena, graduate studentJeric will be performing the Ravel Piano Concerto in G with the KSU Orchestra. "My piece has jazz influences and infuses soaring lyricism with high energy," said Jeric. "I am excited to bring this great piece as a soloist with the orchestra. I'm honored and humbled to have been chosen."

The graduate student winner is cellist Marlene Ballena, who is pursuing a Master's in chamber music performance. Studying with Miami String Quartet artist-in-residence Keith Robinson, Ballena is also a member of the prominent Aidan String Quartet.

Originally from Lima, Peru, she travelled to the U.S. in 2003 to study with Paul York at the University of Louisville then to the Cleveland Institute of Music to study with Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

She will perform Dvorak Concerto in B minor. "This piece is one of the most representative works of the cello repertoire," said Ballena. "It is a dream come true being able to perform this epic piece with a full orchestra."

For more information, please call the concert hotline at 330-672-3609 or visit


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For more information contact:

Effie A. Tsengas, PR/Marketing Coordinator, College of the Arts or 330-672-8398