MACON – Cynthia Wilson of Warner Robins and Rachel Hauser of Conyers received top prize in the 22nd Annual Macon Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, held at Mercer University's McCorkle Music Building Recital Hall on Saturday, Jan.11.
Wilson, a sophomore Mercer University Music Performance major won the piano competition. She is a student of Dr. John N. Roberts, one of Mercer's piano professors and chair of the Music Department. Wilson has been a pianist for nine years.
Hauser a junior Mercer University Music Performance major won the woodwind competition on the flute. She is a student of Mercer adjunct flautist professor Kelly Via. Hauser has played the flute for 12 years. Both she and Wilson plan to continue their musical studies through graduate school.
Each was awarded a certificate and a cash prize as well as the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra in a Young People's Concert this spring.
Founded in 1833, Mercer is a 7,300-student, comprehensive, Baptist-affiliated university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through the College of Liberal Arts, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, the Tift College of Education, the School of Engineering, the Walter F. George School of Law, the School of Medicine, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the Southern School of Pharmacy, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta and education centers in Douglas County, Covington, Griffin and Eastman. The University also operates the Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins and the Mercer University Press in Macon. For the past 13 years, U.S. News&World Report has ranked Mercer among the leading universities in the South.