University of North Texas master's student Janice
Fehlauer of Chilliwack, British Columbia, recently won
the top prize at the Nena Wideman Piano Competition,
earning a $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to perform across
The competition, sponsored by the Shreveport Symphony
Guild and hosted by the Centenary College-Hurley School
of Music, was held Dec. 2 and 3 in Shreveport. Her prize includes
appearances with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra in
Mississippi, the North Florida Orchestra and
the Shreveport Symphony. In addition, she will
present recitals at the Bell Series at Millsaps
College in Jackson, Miss., on the Dame Myra Hess Recital
Series in Chicago broadcast by WFMT, and at the Phillips
Collection in Washington, D.C.
"This award is the recognition of a lot of years of work, which
is great, but it's also the opportunity to perform," says Fehlauer,
who plans to graduate with a master's degree in piano performance
from UNT in May 2008. "I love performing -- that's why we practice
for hours and days and years."
The contest, which began in 1950, attracts pianists from throughout
the United States and other countries and is judged by nationally
and internationally known pianists and conductors.
"This is validation," says Pamela Mia Paul, Regents
Professor of piano and Fehlauer's teacher. "There are so many competitions
and so many fabulous pianists everywhere trying to get money, recognition
and most importantly, concerts. It's a huge boost for her to be
recognized this way. The opportunity to perform over the course
of the next nine or 12 months is a real taste of what the profession
is like when you get into it."
Fehlauer submitted a recording of Bartok's Concerto No.
2 for the competition and was one of 50 applicants chosen
to perform in the final rounds in Shreveport. From there, the
field was narrowed to five finalists, including competitors who
studied at Stony Brook University (also known as the State University
of New York at Stony Brook), the Cleveland Institute of Music,
Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School of Music.
Fehlauer received an associate diploma from the Royal Conservatory
of Music, Canada, in both piano and violin and went on to complete
a bachelor of music degree at the University of British Columbia,
where she studied with Jane Coop and Rena Sharon. She joined UNT
as a student in fall 2005.
Fehlauer was the winner of the UNT Concerto Competition and
was voted Most Outstanding Graduate Piano Student by
the UNT faculty in 2006. In addition, she has performed extensively
with members of Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver
Song Circle and Brio String Quartet.
Her performances have been broadcast and recorded live on Rogers
10, Bravo!TV and NowTV.
In 2004-2005 Fehlauer performed regularly for the UBC Learning
Exchange, a group of artists who sought innovative and non-traditional
ways of presenting classical music to the underprivileged in Vancouver's
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