Chelsea Wright wins prestigious Presser Music Scholar Award

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Sarah Lawrence College senior Chelsea Wright has been selected by the Music faculty at Sarah Lawrence College as the 2010-11 Presser Music Scholar. The Presser Music Scholar Award is given to an undergraduate student demonstrating excellence and outstanding promise for a distinguished career in the field of music.

Chelsea studied piano at the Idyllwild Arts Academy’s summer program in California and at the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute in North Carolina. In addition to piano, she studied flute and voice at the Arizona School for the Arts and performed with the Phoenix Youth Symphony as well as with regional and all-state orchestras and choirs. At Sarah Lawrence, she has studied piano with Anthony de Mare and Bari Mort as well as harpsichord with Carsten Schmidt. She has performed chamber music under the direction of Sungrai Sohn and with the Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Carsten Schmidt.

“Along with other music faculty members, I have had the privilege of directing and teaching Chelsea. She is an extremely gifted and talented musician and is very deserving of the Presser Scholar Award,” said Schmidt.