04/02/2007 - MUSIC DEPARTMENT NAMES OUTSTANDING STUDENTS
Fisk University Music Department acknowledged outstanding students at
the Spring Arts Festival Awards Banquet on Sunday. Kaylina Madison,
’10, a Piano Performance Major from Vicksburg, Mississippi, was named
Outstanding Piano Student. Kawana Williams, ’07, a Vocal Performance
Major from Chicago, Illinois, was named Outstanding Voice Student.
Jacqueline Patterson, ’07, a Music Education Major from Chicago,
Illinois, was named Outstanding Music Major. The outstanding student
awards are determined by the Music Faculty at their March meeting.
Recent performances by Kawana Williams include the roles of Countess “Almaviva” (The Marriage of Figaro), “Hansel” (Hansel and Gretel), and “Electra” (Idomeneo), and “The Queen of the Night” (The Magic Flute)
in the Fisk University Opera Workshop scenes. She is a student of Ms.
Valija Mellins-Bumbulis. Ms. Williams has been a member of the
world-renowned Fisk University Jubilee Singers for four years and is
also an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.
She is active on campus and her community as a volunteer at the Boys
and Girls Club, the Nashville headquarters of the N.A.A.C.P. and other
community service projects on campus. She aspires to perform on
Broadway or become an opera icon and become a national spokesperson for
women with Ovarian Cancer between the ages of 18 and 25.
Having been raised in her father’s church, Jacqueline Patterson
has sung in the choir, and she became their director. She attended
Curie Metropolitan High School, where she majored in Music. While
there, she participated in the Advanced Mixed Choirs all four years and
led the soprano section in the gospel choir. She took part in many
choral competitions, where Curie ranked Superior.
Jacqueline enrolled in Fisk in Fall 2003. She was awarded the
UNCF/Chicago Drifters scholarship for an incoming freshman, class of
2007. She is also the recipient of the John W. Work Chorale
Scholarship, the Gamble-Kennedy Scholarship, and the University
Jacqueline has participated with the University Choir, Opera Workshop (singing the role of Genie in The Magic Flute), and the Fisk Jubilee Singers®.
She is looking forward to teaching elementary music, and will
continue her studies on the graduate level. Ms. Patterson I a student
of Valija Mellins-Bumbulis.
04/02/2007 Kaylia Duncan Places in Hefner Competition
Pianist Kaylia Duncan (’10 Freshman Music Minor from Kingstown, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines) placed third in the James A. Hefner HBCU
Piano Competition at Tennessee State University on March 31, 2007. The
competition, begun in 2003 was established to promote cooperation and
collegiality among piano students and piano faculty from historically
black institutions. Competitors represented Fisk, Tennessee State
University, Central State University, and Morehouse College. Fisk is
the only institution to have been represented in the competition every
year. Representing Fisk along with Ms. Duncan were pianists Troika
Hanna (’09 Sophomore Piano Performance Major from Nassau, Bahamas),
Jessica Johnson (’10 Freshman Music Education Major from Upper
Marlboro, Maryland) and Kaylina Madison (’10 Freshman Piano Performance
Major from Vicksburg, Mississippi). Mr. Hanna, Ms. Johnson, and Ms.
Madison were publicly recognized for outstanding musical performances.
Earlier, that day, the four pianists participated in auditions held
by the Nashville Area Music Teachers Association. The NAMTA Auditions
were held at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University. Ms.
Madison and Ms. Johnson received the rating of “Excellent.” Ms. Duncan
and Mr. Hanna received the rating of “Superior,” which entitles them to
represent Nashville in the Tennessee Music Teachers Association
Collegiate Auditions on November 2, 2007 at Tennessee Technological
Kaylia Duncan, Troika Hanna, Jessica Johnson and Kaylina Madison are students of Dr. Philip Autry.