KEARNEY – Three University of Nebraska at Kearney students have been selected as winners of the 2023 Concerto/Aria Competition.
Kylie Mendiola-Ozuna of Hemingford, Megumi Sakamoto of Toyama, Japan, and Noah Reimer of Bellevue won the event conducted Oct. 5 in UNK’s Fine Arts Recital Hall.
The Concerto/Aria Competition recognizes and celebrates outstanding student performers at UNK while providing opportunities for professional growth. Each fall, student competitors perform for a jury of UNK music faculty during a public concert. Winners earn the privilege of performing the following semester with one of the large, instrumental ensembles on campus.
Mendiola-Ozuna will perform as a soloist with a medley from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” arranged by Ralph Hermann, during the UNK Wind Ensemble concert on Feb. 28. She’s a junior studying music education.
Sakamoto and Reimer will both perform as soloists with the Kearney Symphony Orchestra.
A sophomore studying music performance, Reimer will perform the first movement of Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21 during a March 5 concert.
Sakamoto will play the first movement of Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 during a May 7 concert. She’s a postbaccalaureate student studying music business.