This spring was a busy one for our Performing Arts Center of Excellence students! Pre-Conservatory student Dina Dautova ’23 and Vocal Performance Program student Hannah Ray ’21 both displayed their musical talents to wide acclaim on Sunday, May 16.
For the last five years (though last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic), prominent piano teachers in the Twin Cities such as Ivan Konev, Denis Evstuhin, and Anton Melnichenko have nominated their best students to perform in a spring recital. All of these teachers in turn were former students of Alexander Braginsky, Dina’s piano teacher and one of the instructors working with SSM’s Bravo! Summer Music Academy.
Dina was nominated as one of three students representing Mr. Braginsky, among only 14 students total playing in the recital. These students were nominated based on their expertise and age; this year’s recital even included students as young as seven years old! For Dina to be chosen to play in the recital was a great achievement, and the rest of the Pre-Conservatory students traveled up to the Twin Cities to watch her play on May 16th.
On the Vocal Performance side of things, Hannah took second place in the Massachusetts division of the Schmidt Vocal Competition, which included a monetary prize. Due to the pandemic, participants were allowed to compete in any region of the competition that fit with their schedule. Hannah will be attending North Dakota State University next year to pursue her dreams of being a professional opera singer.
Congratulations to both of these students for their accolades this spring! To read more about achievement in the arts at SSM, learn about Pre-Conservatory alum Osip Nikiforov’s recent career milestones, or more of Hannah’s singing success earlier this year. You can also watch the Vocal Performance Program spring recital on YouTube.