McDuffie Center cellist takes national prize

From staff reportsApril 9, 2013 

Students at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings are drawing more national attention.

Freshman cellist Sihao He won the grand prize Monday at the American String Teachers Association’s National Solo Competition in New York City. He shared that prize with a double bass player from Denton, Texas.

He, who won the cello competition, and two other students at the McDuffie Center, Riana Anthony and Shinjung Lee, competed, according to Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the center. There were three players from across the country in each area: violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar and harp.

“I couldn’t be more proud!,” Moretti said in an email to the McDuffie Center faculty artists. “Thanks to all the GREAT teaching and the hard work by these students.”

The winner of the violin competition was a student of Moretti’s from Portland who attended the McDuffie Center’s Labor Day Festival back in 2005. She will soon be working on her master’s degree at Juilliard.

The McDuffie Center, which trains 26 students from around the world, is scheduled to move into the former site of the Beall’s 1860 restaurant on College Street by this coming fall, thanks in large measure to a $1.5 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation that is being used for renovations.

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