Nov. 8, 2007

Vongkoth Wins International
Percussion Scholarship Competition

Tihda Vongkoth, a senior music major at Meadows School of the Arts, is the winner of the 2007 Kerope Zildjian Concert Percussion Scholarship.

College undergraduate percussionists worldwide participated in the competition, sponsored annually by the Zildjian Company, renowned maker of cymbals and percussion instruments.

Vongkoth, who is from Seminole, Florida, received a $4,000 scholarship toward her fall 2007 tuition at SMU, as well as an all-expense paid trip to Zildjian's world headquarters in Massachusetts to tour the factory and select several orchestral cymbals as a free gift.

Vongkoth is a student of Douglas Howard, Kalman Cherry and Drew Lang at SMU and performs with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and the Meadows Wind Ensemble.

Earlier this year she won the 2007 Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She was selected by audition from a pool of about 50 applicants representing most of the top music schools in the country. Other awards she has won include:

  • Meadows Undergraduate Student Creative Activity Grant — 2007
  • Southern Methodist University, full Artistic Scholarship and University Scholar — 2004-present
  • Percussive Arts Society Val and Venus Eddy Scholarship to attend PASIC — 2004
  • National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, ARTS Honorable Mention — 2004
  • Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition, Winner — 2004
  • United States Air Force Band Young Artists Competition, Grand Prize Winner — 2004
  • The Florida Orchestra Young Artists Competition, Grand Prize Winner — 2003
  • Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Mock Percussion Audition Winner — 2003
  • Interlochen Arts Camp, Fine Arts Award — 2002

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