AFMC is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the AFMC William Yick Collegiate Award.
Hunter Mabery is a Senior piano performance major at Henderson State University. In 2012, Hunter performed Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition. In 2013, 2014, and 2016, as a winner of the annual President’s Concert Concerto Competition, Hunter performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G Major K.453 and A Major K.488, and most recently, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at HSU. Hunter especially enjoys collaborating with other musicians, and is passionate about refining his skills as a collaborative pianist. In 2015, Hunter attended the American Institute of Musical Studies’ (AIMS) six-week summer program in Graz, Austria where he studied the art of vocal collaboration with an emphasis on German Lieder. In fall 2016, Hunter will be furthering his musical studies by pursing a Master’s degree in Piano Accompanying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Brice Maxey is finishing his Associate of Arts degree at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has been performing at the Arkansas Public Theatre in Rogers since he was in elementary school and has been playing drums at his church for several years. Mr. Maxey sang in the Arkansas All-State Choir and has begun playing piano and guitar recently.
Mr. Mabery and Mr. Maxey will perform at the AFMC Convention in Little Rock on Saturday, April 23, 2016.