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March 10, 2005

University Of Iowa Student Is Winner Of Two Music Competitions

Jamie Schneider, a native of Metamora, Ill., and an oboe student of Mark Weiger in the University of Iowa School of Music, recently won two musical competitions that will give her the opportunity to play a concerto in Fort Dodge, Iowa and take part in a summer music festival in Rome, Italy.

In December, Schneider sent a CD of her playing -- both solo selections and music for orchestra -- to the New York office of the Rome Festival. She was notified early in January that she was one of two oboists nationwide selected to participate July 3-25 in the 2005 Summer Institute.

A program that provides American musicians the opportunity to study and perform in Italy, the Rome Festival includes a repertory orchestra and a chamber music program. Participants study with leading artists, play in the orchestra and chamber music program, attend concerts and take language lessons.

On Jan. 22 -- soon after learning that she was chosen for the Rome Festival -- Schneider won the Ft. Dodge Symphony Concerto Competition, playing the same Concerto in D major by Ludwig August Lebrun that she had recorded for the Rome competition. She will perform the concerto with the Ft. Dodge Symphony April 24.

"The Rome Festival is a great opportunity for me to learn from musicians from around the world and to network with other artists to aid in my professional future," Schneider said. "It's a career launching opportunity."

Festival alumni are currently playing with orchestras around the world, including the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Houston Grand Opera and many other professional orchestras in the United States; the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Birmingham (England) Symphony, the Vienna Kammeropera and the Zurich Opera, to name only a few in Europe.

"As a representative of the UI, I will be performing as both a featured player in chamber music and as a member of the Rome Festival Orchestra," Schneider said. "As a member of the orchestra I will also perform with the acclaimed Rome Festival Opera, which is comparable to the Rome Opera, one of the four major opera houses in Italy.

"As a member of the orchestra I will make seven public performances of famously difficult repertoire to Roman music lovers and musicians from around the world, and I will play two chamber concerts. While there, I will have the opportunity to participate in master classes given by internationally renowned artists as well as experience the historical treasures of Rome."

Musicians participating in the Rome Festival receive partial or total subsidy for their expenses from several sources: the Associazione "Rome Festival" in Italy, which sponsors the Rome Festival; the Rome Festival Orchestra Ltd., an American educational charity; and local grants and contributions.

Schneider is a 2000 graduate of Metamora (Ill.) High School, where she finished sixth in her class. In addition to her studies at the UI, she has participated in master classes with many of the leading oboe teachers in the United States and played as a member of regional orchestras around the Midwest. She is the winner of a number of competitive scholarships at the UI and has been on the Dean's List throughout her studies at the university.

Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions, won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY), performed double concertos with the Chicago Symphony's former principal oboist, Ray Still, and presented solo recitals with many other notable oboists.

As the first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger performed recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka. He has solo and chamber music recordings out on the CRS, Crystal, Chandos and Centaur CD labels.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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