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Music professor takes two prizes in Italian competition

By Kari VanDerVeen
July 17, 2012

St. Olaf College Assistant Professor of Music Catherine Ramirez recently took top honors in the 10th International Music Competitions "Città di Padova Prize" in Italy.

The competitions, which took place from June 28 to July 4, involved musicians from 28 countries who performed in the three categories of woodwinds, strings, and piano. Ramirez, a flutist, won third prize in the Città di Padova Competition (woodwinds category) as well as third prize in the Virtuosity Competition (from all instrumental categories). She was the only American prizewinner in these competitions.

Ramirez earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May 2012 from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where she also won the 2010 Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize for Best Achievement. She joined the St. Olaf faculty in 2010 and this June was the featured soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra during the ensemble's five-city concert tour of China, which included performances at prestigious concert halls in Xi'an, Zhengzhou, and Beijing.

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