Five MTA Seniors Receive Awards

Five seniors active in the Music and Theater Arts program received MIT Institute Awards at the Awards Convocation ceremony this month. Three of them, Jake Gunter, Nathan Gutierrez, and Hallie Voulgaris, received the Wiesner award in the arts.

Jake Gunter is majoring in 21E (Theater and Engineering).  Highly involved in theater arts as a lighting designer, Jake has taken a variety of both music and theater subjects and has also been a member of the Festival Jazz Ensemble.

Nathan Gutierrez, a music concentrator who has taken a variety of music subjects, is majoring in 6-2 (Electrical Engineering and computer Science). Nathan is the co-founder of the ETC, Experimental Theater Company, a student led theater group at MIT that incorporates the scientific interest of its members in its productions. Here is a link to a story about a project Nathan has been involved in with Prof. Eran Egozy called NoteStream. It is an app that runs on smart phones that delivers program notes and images to the user at a concert in real time.

Hallie Voulgaris is a Music and Mathematics major with an interest in theater who has enrolled in some subjects in that area. She was a 2016 Burchard Scholar which is a program that brings together distinguished members of the faculty and promising MIT sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated excellence in some aspect of the humanities, arts, or social sciences.  Additionally, Hallie has been a member of the MIT Symphony Orchestra’s violin section.

The Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards are presented annually to up to four students (undergraduate or graduate), living groups, organizations or activities for outstanding achievement in and contributions to the arts at MIT. Established by the Council for the Arts at MIT in 1979, these awards honor the late President Emeritus Jerome B. Wiesner and Mrs. Wiesner for their commitment to the arts at MIT. An endowment fund provides a $2,000 honorarium to each recipient.

Garrett Parrish received the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. Garret is a theater concentrator who is studying composition, arranging and directing.  He is a drummer in the Festival Jazz Ensemble. Here is a link to his profile on MIT News:

The Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts is presented annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence or the highest standards of proficiency in music, theater, painting, sculpture, design, architecture or film. The prize was established in 1982 by Mr. Sudler, a performer in the arts and an arts patron from Chicago. An endowment fund provides a $2,500 award to the honoree.

Joseph Kolman received the Albert G. Hill Prize. Kolman is a member of the MIT Wind Ensemble and a 2015 Burchard Scholar.  A recent article about Joseph appeared in MIT News here:

The Albert G. Hill Prize is awarded to minority juniors or seniors who have maintained high academic standards and have made continued contributions to improving the quality of life for minorities at MIT.

Congratulations to all!

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