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Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone

Armstrong Auditorium concert manager Ryan Malone has been awarded a "highly commended" accolade in the 2019 Composition Competition hosted by The Gesualdo Six, a vocal ensemble founded at Cambridge University’s Trinity College.

"It is an honor to be recognized by such a distinguished panel of judges,” said Malone, 43. “I’m glad the Gesualdo Six is encouraging new choral music, and I’m thrilled that they are planning to perform my work.”

More than 300 entries were submitted into the competition from composers on six continents. The judges named a winner for composers older than 22, and a winner for composers 22 and younger. In each age category, two “highly commended” compositions were noted. Malone’s “Evening Prayer” was awarded the first “highly commended” distinction in his age category.

The Gesualdo Six will perform the two winning entries in London next month, and they plan to perform the four “highly commended” works later in 2019.

In addition to serving as the concert manager for Armstrong Auditorium, Malone is also the music director for Herbert W. Armstrong College, a four-year liberal arts college, and Imperial Academy, a private K-12 institution.

Legislators laud French teacher

Emma Smreker, Harding Charter Preparatory High School French teacher, recently received a citation from state Reps. John Waldron and Emily Virgin for her dedication to education and the success of her students at Harding Charter Prep. Smreker considers Waldron, her former history teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, as an educational mentor who has advised her with teaching challenges she faced as a new classroom teacher.

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