2020 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition winners (videos)
The Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition, open to CMU music students, is made possible each year through the generous contributions of the event sponsor and prize donor, Peter Janzen of Deep River, Ontario. Janzen established the competition in memory of his wife, Verna Mae, who died of cancer in 1989 at the age of 53, and who shared the joy of singing with her husband.
The 2020 Verna Mae Janzen Competition was held on March 17, and marks the event's 15th year.
Nathan Dyck received first place, while Anne Kelm and Anna Schwartz placed second and third respectively.
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First Place: Nathan Dyck
"The Roadside Fire" from Songs of Travel, Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958)
Second Place: Anne Kelm
Musical Moment No. 4, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Third Place: Anna Schwartz
L'isle joyeuse, L. 106, Claude Debussy (1832-1918)