Pianist Benny Wollin Places Third in State Music Competition; Will Perform with Lakeshore Wind Ensemble

Benny Wollin ’14

Lawrence University senior Benny Wollin will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” Saturday, March 8 with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble after placing third in the recent Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Young Artist Competition held at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc.

A piano performance major from Galesburg, Ill., Wollin also received a $750 scholarship for his performance at the competition, which drew 11 musicians from around the state in piano, brass and woodwinds. He is a student in the piano studio of assistant professor Michael Mizrahi.

Now in its 26th year, the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Young Artist Competition is open to students 16-25 years of age.

About Lawrence University

Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.