Published: March 31, 2021 By

Ethan BlakeEach spring, the College of Music recognizes two outstanding students as winners of the college's annual Honors Competition. The competition for these winning spots is fierce and this year was no exception.

Ethan Blake (BM cello), a junior, is this year's undergraduate winner. When asked about his musical selection—performed with collaborative pianist Chen-Fang Hsu—he says, “The Dvořák concerto was one of the first concerti I learned, and it was one of the pieces that really got me into playing cello. 

"To be able to play it with an orchestra is both a blessing and a revitalizing experience for any cellist.”

Indeed, the opportunity to perform with an orchestra is rare, which makes winning the Honors Competition all the more impactful.

Anita DumarAnita Dumar (AD violin) is a member of the Ivalas Quartet and winner of the graduate division, having competed with collaborative pianist Hyeji Park. "Winning this competition was such a huge honor," she says. "Our University Symphony is an amazing orchestra and Professor [Gary] Lewis is such an incredible conductor—I’m pinching myself!”

Specifically, Dumar will perform Maurice Ravel’s "Tzigane" next fall. She credits her teacher Harumi Rhodes, associate professor of violin and Takács Quartet artist-in-residence, for providing the courage and support to tackle it.

To enjoy the winners' performances in the fall semester, visit for details.