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The Patricia Bucheimer Piano Prize is awarded annually to a Hood student who has excelled in her or his study of piano at Hood. The award is made in honor of Patricia Bucheimer, who taught piano at Hood from 1972 until her death in 1998. Su Bin Chae is the recipient of this prize.

Su Bin, from Suncheon-Si, South Korea, has been studying English literature, communication arts and advanced piano during her year at Hood College.

The Marie A. Markow Excellence in Music Prize was endowed by the late Dr. Noel Lester, professor emeritus of music, and Mrs. RoseAnn Markow Lester, instructor in violin and viola and director of the music preparatory program, in honor of RoseAnn’s mother, a woman uncommonly dedicated to the importance of music in a quality education. This prize is awarded annually to a Hood student who has excelled both academically and musically. The prize is awarded to Matthew Brem.

Matthew, from Montgomery Village, Maryland, is a junior double majoring in math and music with a concentra- tion in saxophone performance.

The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Music Scholar Prize was established in 2011 by Ardine O. Gorden. The prize is awarded annually to the declared music major with the highest GPA. The prize is awarded to John Montez.

The William Sprigg Prize was established in 2013 and is awarded to a student who shows outstanding achievement in organ and/or piano performance. This year’s recipient is John Montez.

John, from Cathedral City, California, is a junior double majoring in political science and music with a concentration in composition.

The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Music Talent Prize was established in 2011 by Ardine O. Gorden. The prize is awarded to the two music majors who demonstrate the most potential for careers in music. First place goes to Devin Inman and second place goes to Adaire Crabbe.

Devin is a senior music major from Frederick with a concentration in composition.

Adaire is from Washington, D.C., and is a senior music major with a concentration in music history and literature.

The Hood Choir Award is presented to the member of the Hood College Choir who has proven to be a strong, effective, hardworking and dedicated leader. This year’s recipient is Carla Kronsbein.

Carla is a senior from Mt. Airy, Maryland, majoring in integrated marketing communication. She has sung in the Hood Choir for four years and in Hood Chamber Singers for two years, and she has served as choir president during her senior year.

The Kathryn Zimmerman Nicodemus H'05 Musica Award was established in 2015 by Charles A. Nicodemus,H’05, an emeritus member of the Hood College Board of Trustees, and Kathryn Zimmerman Nicodemus, H’05. The award is presented annually to a Hood student who has excelled in the study of organ or piano. Alexandra Skouras is this year’s recipient.

Alexandra, a sophomore from York, Pennsylvania, is double majoring in biology and Spanish, is in the Honors program, and is studying advanced piano at Hood.