Ten students studying in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts have been awarded scholarships from the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation. This is one of the most prestigious awards given in the college.
The scholarships are named for Valerie Canady, a Morgantown native and WVU summa cum laude graduate, who was among the 270 people who died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in Dec. 1988.
Canady, who worked for H.J. Heinz Co. in their London office, was, aside from a businesswoman, an accomplished linguist and artist in different media of expression, especially in piano.
Loulie and William Canady, Valerie’s parents, and long-time residents of the Morgantown community, present the awards annually in December. Loulie Canady is a long-time supporter of the WVU Division of Music and Dr. William Canady is professor emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry in the WVU School of Medicine. The Canadys are also the major patrons of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performances at WVU—a series that is named in memory of Valerie.
Dean Paul Kreider presented the awards and congratulated each student, noting that they earned the scholarships through their academic credentials, talent and ability to speak a second language, and asking them to “Please use your talents and skills to continue to further the arts in our global community.”
This year’s Canady scholars are:
Maria Wang is a senior cello performance major from Taiwan. She was among the winners of the annual Young Artists Competition in the School of Music last spring and had the honor of appearing as a soloist with the WVU Symphony Orchestra. She is beginning her fourth year as a member of the orchestra, where she often sits on the principal stand, as leader of her rank.
Joyce Chiao Su Wang is a doctoral piano performance major from Hattieville, Belize, who was born in Taiwan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from WVU in 2008 and graduated in Dec. 2010 with a master’s degree in piano pedagogy. She is also a cellist and teaches private lessons for students of piano and cello, as well as working at the University Advising Center, where she is a mentor for incoming freshmen and at-risk students.
Maria Crystalia is a doctoral student from Indonesia who came to WVU from Sedaya University in Malaysia and is studying for a doctorate in piano performance. She is very active in volunteer work at the Indonesian/Malaysian Student Association and is also an academic advisor at the Undergraduate Advising Services Center. She speaks Indonesian, Malaysian, and several Chinese dialects, in addition to English. She has studied harpsichord with William Haller at WVU and has also begun organ lessons.
Alejandro Pinzon is in his last year of a doctoral program in orchestra conducting. He is originally from Yucatan, Mexico, and has been active professionally in both his native country and the United States. His activities include leading the Latin American Choir of Pittsburgh, teaching at Waynesburg University, and conducting new music concerts in Mexico. At WVU he is the conductor of the Community Music Program’s Community Arts Orchestra and the graduate assistant in conducting.
Sora Lee, of Korea, will receive WVU’s first Master of Music degree in collaborative piano. She has eagerly worked with wind, string, voice and other piano students in the School of Music and continues to develop her collaborative playing experiences with the choir and other ensembles. She is fluent in Korean and English and is interesting in continuing her studies, possibly in the doctoral program at WVU.
Daniela Londono-Bernal is a transfer student from Medellin, Colombia, and is currently a junior in the intermedia and photography program. She has a passion for art and came to WVU after beginning a law degree in Colombia. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has studied French as well. She is also an outstanding artist and her work was recently accepted into a juried art exhibition in New York.
Codi Renee Lamb, a native of Philippi, W.Va., is currently a junior studying for a bachelor’s degree in art history. She is fluent in Italian and also reads Hebrew. In the summer of 2010 she volunteered with an art museum in South Carolina in order to get hands-on experience in working with art in the public sphere. She also volunteers with the Art Museum of WVU. Last summer she also participated in an internship program at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
Danielle Sensabaugh is a junior from Charleston, W.Va., who transferred to WVU in the fall of 2010 to study art history after a year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is a skilled painter, is bilingual, and she has selected courses and research topics that enable her to deepen her understanding of other cultures, as her future plans include travel and research.
Jae-Eun Lee is a sophomore from Germantown, Md., studying for a degree in ceramics. She is fluent in both Korean and English and is an excellent artist, with lots of natural talent who can master any art form. She is hardworking and has an excellent technical vocabulary. Her passion to learn and succeed is a hallmark of her young academic career.
Vlad Constantin Basarab, originally from Romania and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, is studying for a Master of Fine Arts degree in the areas of multimedia, sculpture, performance and video. He speaks fluent English as his second language and is also fluent in Spanish and his native Romanian. Over the course of the last year, he has traveled to New York, Paris, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Germany, and Romania to visit major museums and galleries; to participate in conferences, film festivals and performance art events; and to realize his own performances. He is also dedicated to the craft of teaching.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
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