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Talented trombone student racks up another award

July 19, 2010

KALAMAZOO--When it comes to winning awards, she just keeps on going.

Western Michigan University's "Energizer Bunny" trombone student Hana Beloglavec has hit another high note, this time winning a huge trombone soloist competition sponsored by the International Trombone Association.

Beloglavec won the Larry Wiehe Trombone Competition last week, beating two other finalists, both from the University of North Texas, the nation's second largest music school. She was named one of three finalists several months ago, placing ahead of honorable mention students from such schools as The Eastman School of Music, the University of Minnesota, UCLA and the University of Texas.

In taking top honors in the competition, Beloglavec won a King 3B tenor trombone valued at approximately $2,800. She also was featured at a competition winner's concert over the weekend in front of many of the 1,000 trombonists from around the world who were attending the International Trombone Festival in Austin, Texas.

Winning the competition is just the latest honor bestowed on the Lee Honors College student, who will be a senior this fall. Beloglavec was accepted as a participant in the competitive 10th annual Bar Harbor Week, an intensive educational and performance experience for select college and high school brass musicians held in late June in Maine.

In March 2009, the Slovenia-born Beloglavec won top honors in the U.S. Army Band's National Trombone Solo Competition, while in May 2008, the Loy Norrix High School graduate was the "low brass winner" in the esteemed Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. She also won the International Trombone Association's Gilberto Gagliardi Solo Competition for students 18 and under as an incoming freshman before beginning her studies at WMU.

Beloglavec is a student of Dr. Stephen Wolfinbarger, WMU professor of music.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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