For the second year in a row, Blair undergraduates won national honors competing against both undergraduate and graduate students at the 2017–18 Music Teachers National Association annual competition March 17–21 in Orlando, Florida. To compete at nationals, musicians have already won their state and regional divisions.
Lauren Urquhart, BMus’18, took first place in the voice category of the Young Artist Performance competition. She studied with Amy Jarman, senior lecturer in voice. The Music City Quintet—composed of sophomores Miranda Shum, piano; Hesoo Cha, violin; Emily Monroe, violin; Rachel Haber, viola; and Eric Cho, cello—won first place in the Chamber Music competition. They are coached by Cornelia Heard. Last year as first-year students Cha and Haber were members of the Claudius Quartet, which won third place in the national Chamber Music competition.