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March 16, 2005

Birmingham-Southern students take top prizes in national cello composition contest

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College students recently took the top prizes in the inaugural Wheaton College Internet2 cello composition competition.

Erika Pipkin of Irondale, a senior music composition major, won first place for her composition Taj America. She is the daughter of James and Marilyn Pipkin. Music majors Chris Adkins of Marietta, Ga., and Brad Sims of Katy, Texas, tied for second place with their compositions The Juxtaposition of Fragmented Music Cells and The Curtailment. Adkins is a sophomore and the son of Rosemary Adkins. Sims is a junior and the son of Thomas and Barbara Sims.

The cello competition, which was held in February, invited music students from high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation to submit solo cello pieces. The winners had their pieces performed and critiqued via video conferencing that was conducted with the new and faster high-capacity network “Internet2” created for colleges and universities.

Craig Hultgren, BSC adjunct professor of music and cellist, will perform and record the winning compositions this spring. Cash prizes were awarded.

The cello competition was sponsored by Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), UAB, and the National Institute for Technology and Education. The inaugural competition honored new Wheaton College president Dr. Ronald Crutcher, who is an accomplished cellist.

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