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Four piano students successful in competition

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Four Southeastern Louisiana University piano majors successfully competed in the 2007 DeBose National Piano Competition, April 20-21 at Southern University in Baton Rouge. 

     Christiana Iheadindu of Bucharest, Romania, garnered first prize in the Collegiate Senior Division.  Iheadindu, who will graduate May 12 with a degree in piano performance, plans to pursue a master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Maryland under a full tuition teaching assistantship. 

     Anthony Allulli of Madisonville captured first prize in the Collegiate Junior Division. Allulli is vice president of Phi Mu Alpha, and will shortly begin a piano technician apprenticeship at Lafargue Pianos, Ltd. 

     Kristen Hilliard of Covington won second prize in the Collegiate Junior Division. Hilliard was recently crowned 2007 Miss Southeastern and will compete in the 2007 Miss Louisiana pageant this June. 

     Alma Iuliano of Brasov, Romania, won second prize in the Collegiate Sophomore Division. She previously captured first prize at the state level of the 2006 Music Teachers’ National Association Young Artist Competition. She will continue her studies this fall at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

     Iheadindu, Hilliard and Iuliano are students of Kenneth Boulton, assistant professor of music in Southeastern’s Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, while Allulli studies with Department Head David Evenson.

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