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Mary La Blanc

percussion / timpani

ABOUT
Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Laguna Hills, California
School
The Juilliard School
Compeer
Carole MacElhenny
Scholarship Donor
Marilyn and Dick Mazess Scholarship in Percussion
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Mary is currently earning her master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Daniel Druckman;
  • She competed in the 2021 International Artist Competition and won second prize in the Collegiate Solo Category for marimba;
  • She is a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at Juilliard.

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Austin Cernosek

Percussion/Timpani fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Percussion/Timpani
Age
27
Birthplace
Scottsdale, Arizona
Current School
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music,
Compeers
Kate Winn-Rogers and Christine Hoehner
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Percussion, anonymous donor

Austin recently graduated with an advanced certificate from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying with Joseph Pereira. Austin was awarded third place in the 2022 Modern Snare Drum Competition, and was a 2022 Tanglewood Music Festival fellow.

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Dana Dominguez

Percussion/Timpani fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
She/Her
Area of Study
Percussion/Timpani
Age
24
Birthplace
San Antonio, Texas
YouTube Handle
@danadominguez577
Current School
Rice University Shepherd School of Music
Facebook Handle
Dana Dominguez
Compeer
Tisha Weber Ford
Scholarship Donor
Anne and Richard De Rosa Endowed Scholarship in Percussion

Dana recently graduated with a master’s degree from Rice University Shepherd School of Music, studying with Matthew Strauss. She is a substitute musician with the Houston Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony, and performs as Principal Percussionist of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra.

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Paul Matthews

Percussion/Timpani fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Percussion/Timpani
Age
23
Birthplace
Omaha, Nebraska
Current School
Omaha Symphony
Compeer
Emily and Jerry Zacarias
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Percussion, anonymous donor

Paul is acting assistant principal percussion of the Omaha Symphony. In 2019, Paul was the Modern Snare Drum Competition winner. He is a substitute musician for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, and Sioux City Symphony.

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Leigh Wilson

Percussion/Timpani fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Percussion/Timpani
Age
22
Birthplace
Ayer, Massachusetts
Current School
Harvard/New England Conservatory
Compeers
Kate Winn-Rogers and Christine Hoehner
Scholarship Donor
Manitou Fund Scholarship in Percussion

Leigh recently earned a master’s degree in performance and chemistry from the Harvard - New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program, studying with Matthew McKay. Leigh is a recipient of the 2022 Rachel Mellinger Memorial Award, and is a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

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