Winners of the 2008 Fine Arts Guild Scholarship Awards Announced

CHICAGO, IL (April 2, 2008) – The North Park University School of Music wishes to extend congratulations to Nancy Wiebe Mazurowki and Deborah Wanderley dos Santos on their respective receipts of first-place honors in this year's Student Performance Awards, held in Anderson Chapel on March 28.

Nancy Wiebe Mazurowski, soprano, a graduate of North Park University's B.A. in Music program and a current student in the University's Master of Music in Vocal Performance program, is the 2008 First Place Winner – Graduate Division of the Fine Arts Guild Award for excellence in musical performance. Ms. Wiebe Mazurowski has studied voice with Dr. Karen Bauer and Judith Haddon and is currently a student of Dr. Annie Picard. Some of her memorable singing experiences include performances with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Berlin Staatskappelle Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (Beethoven Symphony #9, Daniel Barenboim conducting), the Grant Park Symphony Chorus ("Carmina Burana"), and the North Park College Choir tour to Poland and Hungary (soloist, "Ain't Got Time To Die"). As an undergraduate, she placed second on two occasions in North Park University's Performance Awards.

Deborah Wanderley dos Santos, junior violinist, is the 2008 First Place Winner – Undergraduate Division of the Fine Arts Guild Award for excellence in musical performance. Ms. Wanderley dos Santos has been captivating people with her passionate approach to music for the past twelve years. She began violin studies at age ten in her home town of Brasilia, Brazil. She studied in the Escola de Musica de Brasilia with Patricia Mello, a teacher who, for seven years, nourished her technique, inspiration, and love for music. Deborah debuted at age twelve with the Art Brasilia Orchestra. She had the privilege of serving as concertmaster in many youth and academic orchestras, including the Orquestra Sinfonica da Escola de Musica de Brasilia, the Vancouver Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra, and the North Park University Symphony Orchestra. At age 18 she won a place in one of the top five orchestras in Brazil, the Porto Alegre Symphony (OSPA). Since than she has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Youth Orchestra Simon Bolivar, Symphonic Orchestra of the National Theater Claudio Santoro (OSTNCS), and the Caxias Symphony. Deborah is also a strong advocate of chamber music. She is the founder of the Carlos Gomes Quartet, co-founder of the Collegium Musicum of OSPA, and participant of the Peridot Quartet. Performances of the Peridot Quartet were broadcast on TV and radio in the greater Midwest and Chicago areas. The Peridot Quartet received intensive coaching from Richard Young and participated in Zeist Musik Dagen Chamber Music Festival in Holland having been awarded full scholarships. Just recently, Deborah founded the Bachianas Chamber Ensemble, a group of six musicians that perform in homeless shelters, retirement houses and in the streets of Chicago. The group strives to inspire joy and hope by sharing music. Deborah is studying business and economics with concentration in Non-Profit Management at North Park University, as well as Violin Performance in the studio of Richard Young. Deborah's highest aspiration in life is to inspire the hope, dreams, and enthusiasm that were given to her through the sharing of music.