Award Winners

Celebrating Excellence — Meet the 2018-2019 Music Department Prize Winners

Helen Blyth Hazen Music Prize I

Awarded to the outstanding senior who began her serious study of music at Mount Holyoke

Bingyao Liu ‘19

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Bingyao graduated from MHC in December 2018. She is now pursuing a master of music therapy at the University of Melbourne and doing a clinical placement at a special development school. After this two year master program, she will become a music therapist and use music to help various groups of people achieve health goals.

Helen Blyth Hazen Music Prize II

Awarded to the outstanding senior whose excellent work in the department reflects the integration of music history, theory, and performance

Mackenzie Stratton ‘19


“Upon graduation, I will be touring with the Glee Club to Germany and Austria. After gallivanting with friends to Prague and Berlin, I will be returning to the U.K. to work at Britten’s Aldeburgh Festival once again and conduct research at his archives for post-thesis fun. I will also be returning to the Amherst Early Music Festival to sing and study harpsichord!r research. Outside of music, I love studying philosophy, hosting tea parties, and playing Zelda.”

Healey Suto ‘19

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“After graduation I will be returning to Tanglewood to work as a Public Representative for the BSO. In the fall, I will be moving to France to teach English at a high school.”

Dorothy Chancellor Currey Scholarships

Awarded to sophomore, junior and senior majors/minors who demonstrate excellence in music

Hanna Danziger ‘19

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“After graduation, I will be returning to Tanglewood for my second summer to work in Development for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.”

Haven Fiering ‘21

Haven was awarded a Dorothy Chancellor Currey Scholarship

Nora Sackett ‘20

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“This is summer I will be in the Adirondack Mountains in New York leading crews of volunteers doing trail maintenance. I will be spending most of my time outdoors, but I will be playing music every chance I get.”

Oliver Stockert ‘21

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“Over the summer I will doing biochemical research about RNA-protein interactions in the Berry Lab at MHC while continuing my vocal studies.”

Brooke Von Ehrenkrook ‘21

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“I am hoping to intern with a community organization my mom works with, called Brockton Interfaith Community. They do a lot of social work and are planning a makerspace which may include some music tech resources, and I'm hoping to help with that and learn from them. I'll also be putting my name out as a back-up church pianist/organist for various churches in the area. In addition, I'm looking into Suzuki teacher training and plan on submitting my audition early on in the summer.”

Madison Walters ‘19

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Madison Walters '19 is an Architectural Studies major and Music minor. They have been a member of Glee Club, Chamber Singers, and the Five College West African Music Ensemble, and have performed in two operas composed by Five College professors in their time at Mount Holyoke. Madison will spend their summer working on campus in the Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab and apprenticing with a local sculptor before returning home to the west coast to pursue a masters degree in Historic Preservation at the University of Oregon.

Music Department Prize

Awarded to the outstanding student of music in the junior class

Samantha Tripp ‘20

Samantha Tripp

“This summer I am going to Italy to do research for my thesis on flutes and flute culture in 19th-century Italy. I will be spending a lot of time in archives, particularly in Brescia, Florence, and Milan. I also plan on attending at least one day of the International Piccolo Festival in Grado while I am there!”

Michèle Scanlon Prize

Awarded to the outstanding senior whose successful effort creates a career path, combining music studies with work in other disciplines

Relyn Myrthil ‘19

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After graduation, Relyn will be returning for her third summer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts to continue her work in artist management with the esteemed organization. In the fall, she plans on moving to Boston to pursue an administrative position in the museum realm while applying to graduate school for Art History focusing in music and visual art curation.

Irving R.Eisley Prize

Awarded to a senior who excels in writing about music

  • Mackenzie Stratton ‘19