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The Patricia Bucheimer Piano Prize is awarded annually to a Hood student who has excelled in the 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. Joseph Colliver is the recipient of this prize.

Joseph, from Frederick, is a senior majoring in music with a concentration in piano performance.

The Marie A. Markow Excellence in Music Prize was endowed by Noel Lester, Ph.D., 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 Jared Bileski.

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 Jared Bileski.

Jared, from Waterloo, Ontario, is a senior double majoring in music, with a concentration in violin performance, and in communications arts.

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 Sandow Sinai, and second place goes to Ethan Peterson.

Sandow is a senior majoring in music with a concentration in guitar performance.

Ethan is a senior double majoring in music, with a concentration in piano pedagogy, and in history.

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

Minji is a student from Seoul, South Korea, who has studied piano and organ and has played in the Wind Ensemble while at Hood.

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 Lew Dean.

Lew is a senior pursuing a double major in mathematics and art and archaeology with a concentration in studio art. He is a student in the Honors Program and completed a Departmental Honors project in mathematics this year. He has sung in the Hood Choir every semester for the last four years and has taken on leadership roles in the choir.

The Kathryn Zimmerman Nicodemus  H’05 Music 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. Clayton Holdcroft is this year’s recipient.

Clayton is a junior majoring in business administration and has studied organ at Hood.