K. Hollis

The Hollis Prize

First awarded in 2003, the Hollis Prize represents the highest form of recognition bestowed upon a vocal or instrumental performer at Millikin University. The Hollis prize is unique among undergraduate music competitions in light of its recital performance format and rigorous audition process.

Students compete in a semi-final round in order for the chance to compete before a live audience in the final round event. The winner of the final round receives a monetary award of $2000 and an opportunity to perform a solo recital at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin; runners up each receive a cash award of $500.

The annual competition is made possible by Dr. C. Kimm Hollis, a 1972 Millikin graduate and retired department chair, Professor of Music, and Artist in Residence Emeritus at Hanover College in Hanover, IN.

Austin ShawThis year's Winner:

Austin Shaw is a senior piano performance major studying under the guidance of Dr. Silvan Negruțiu. He is a versatile musician with diverse interests, including arranging, composition, and music production. A native of Washington IL, Austin received his associate degree from Illinois Central College before transferring to Millikin University. He enjoys a rich artistic activity on campus, preparing solo and collaborative projects with singers, instrumentalists, and theatre productions.

In 2020, Austin was recognized by Millikin University with the Alice Herren Ayars Award for Outstanding Piano Students. His recent accolades also include winning the Second Prize in the 2020 ISMTA Collegiate Piano Competition and his solo debut with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, as a winner of the 2019 MDSO Concerto Competition. Austin aspires to become a Broadway music director in New York City.

 

Winners of previous Hollis Prize awards are:

2020
Cancelled due to pandemic.

2019
Jorie Clark
Vocal Music & Performance
Student of Justin John Moniz
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2018
John Robinson
Trombone Performance
Student of Professor Gary Shaw

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

2005 Angela D. Kepley

2004
Megan Timpe Engelhardt
Percussion Performance
Student of Professor Brian Justison

2004. Megan Timpe Engelhardt

2003
Adelaide Muir Trombetta
Vocal Performance
Student of Associate Professor Helen M. Gibbons

2003. Adelaide Muir Trombetta