Kimm Hollis ’72The Hollis Prize

The Hollis Prize, the highest award that may be received by a student instrumentalist or vocalist within the Millikin School of Music, was first awarded during spring 2003. Millikin is one of only a few schools in the country to offer such a prestigious prize through a music competition. Students must audition for Millikin music faculty for this opportunity, and three finalists are chosen to compete for the Hollis Prize award during spring semester. Previous winners have gone on to excel in graduate school and/or their chosen professional careers.

The Hollis Prize winner is chosen by outside faculty adjudicators and receives a monetary award of $2,000 in addition to the opportunity to perform the 2018 Hollis Prize recital in Chicago (each runner-up receives a $500 monetary award).

The annual competition is made possible by Dr. C. Kimm Hollis, a 1972 Millikin graduate who is retired department chair and professor emeritus of music at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind.

Winners of previous Hollis Prize awards are:

2017
Madeline Moylan

Flute Performance
Student of Associate Professor Laurie Glencross

2017 Hollis Prize Competition

2016
Brock Gwaltney

Piano Performance
Student of Assistant Professor Silvan Negrutiu

2016 Hollis Prize Competition

2015
Christopher Raymond

Bassoon Performance
Student of Professor Stephen Duncan

2015 Hollis Prize Competition

2014
Adam Blakey

Saxophone Performance
Student of Professor Perry Rask

2014 Hollis Prize Competition

2013
Emily O. Schneider

Flute Performance
Student of Associate Professor Laurie Glencross

2013 Hollis Prize Competition

2012
Aaron Villarreal

Percussion Performance
Student of Professor Brian Justison and Assistant Professor Jeremy Brunk

2012 Hollis Prize Competition

2011
Stacey Weidner

Piano Performance
Student of Associate Professor W. Ronald YaDeau

2011 Hollis Prize Competition

2010
Stephanie M. Doctor

Saxophone Performance
Student of Professor Perry Rask

2010 Hollis Prize Competition

2009
Rachel E. Weiss

Percussion Performance
Student of Professor Brian Justison and Assistant Professor Jeremy Brunk

2009 Hollis Prize Competition

2008
Jessica Connor

Clarinet Performance
Student of Dr. Solomon Baer

2008 Hollis Prize Competition

2007
Douglas J. Neff

Saxophone Performance
Student of Professor Perry Rask

2007 Hollis Prize Competition

2006
Michael P. Fenoglio

Saxophone Performance
Student of Professor Perry Rask

2006 Hollis Prize Competition

2005
Angela D. Kepley

Percussion Performance
Student of Assistant Professor Jeremy Brunk and Professor Brian Justison

2004
Megan Timpe Engelhardt

Percussion Performance
Student of Professor Brian Justison

2003
Adelaide Muir Trombetta

Vocal Performance
Student of Associate Professor Helen M. Gibbons