Joan Terr Ronis Memorial Recital Winners Announced

Photo of the Ronis Couple

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2020-21 Joan Terr Ronis Annual Memorial Recital Prize, Dana D’Orlando, oboe and Allison Siekmann, violin.

Dana and Allison earned this honor by demonstrating exceptional musicianship in their recent spring jury auditions. As co-winners of the prize, both students will receive a monetary award and be honored at the undergraduate awards ceremony in the spring of 2021. And more importantly, should conditions permit, Dana and Allison will jointly perform the Ronis Memorial Recital in October 2020 (date TBA). If conditions do not allow an in-person recital at that time, we will explore other options to showcase their wonderful talents.

Photo of Dana D’Orlando
Photo of Allison Siekmann

Dana D’Orlando, oboe (left) is a junior at CWRU, double majoring in biology and music. Throughout her musical career she has participated in various ensembles and organizations.¹ Dana serves as president of CWRU’s Music Therapy Club. After graduation she plans to continue her education in graduate school with hopes of pursuing a career in research. Dana would like to thank her applied instructor, Cynthia Watson (CIM), for all of her support and words of encouragement that have helped her grow into a stronger musician.

Allison Siekmann, violin (right) is a third-year music education major at CWRU who studies with Stephen Sims (CIM). She has previously performed in all state orchestras and participated in several chamber organizations.² Beyond performing, Allison has a passion for music education and was awarded the Pat Ciricillo Music Education Scholarship. She serves as president of CWRU’s chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association and is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon Phi Omicron, through which she teaches private lessons at the Joyful Noise Music School. Allison enjoys volunteering her time by playing with her string quartet for organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Maryssa’s Mission Foundation.

Thank you to all of our competitors:

  • Joshua Adams, trombone (Paul Ferguson)
  • Iara Al-Schamma, cello (Bryan Dumm)
  • Liz Allgeier, horn (Meghan Guegold)
  • Ryan Buechele, trumpet (Loren Toplitz)
  • Sam Chaffee, piano (Sean Schulze)
  • Will Friedland, horn (Meghan Guegold)
  • Olivia Laniak, voice (Denise Howell)
  • Alex Lenahrt, trumpet (Loren Toplitz)
  • Sharon Li, pop vocals (Joan Ellison)
  • Aditya Mahesh, saxophone (Greg Banaszak)
  • Hannah Messenger, horn (Meghan Guegold)
  • Timothy Orlando, violin (Carol Ruzicka)
  • Caleb Owens, piano (Gerardo Teissonnière)
  • Nicholas Pogharian, trombone (Paul Ferguson)
  • Andrew Smeader, violin (Stephen Sims)
  • Harue Suzuki, flute (Heidi Ruby-Kushious)
  • Venice Villescas, flute (Heidi Ruby-Kushious)
  • Jakob Wegmueller, trombone (Paul Ferguson)

About the Recital

Leonard Ronis established the Joan Terr Ronis Recital Prize in 1996 as a memorial to his wife, the well-known Cleveland piano soloist, chamber music artist and teacher. The prize and recital are presented after a competition held each spring among undergraduate music students attending CWRU. Mr. Ronis, a lifelong supporter of CWRU and the arts, was nationally known for his role in public transit. With his passing on July 4, 2012, the family requested that the prize be renamed the Leonard and Joan Terr Ronis Memorial Recital Prize. The prize returned to its original name during the summer of 2020.

Previous winners include:

  • 2019-20 | Diane Jo, violin and Karen Ji, piano
  • 2018-19 | Devin Reddy, horn and Jason Linn, trombone
  • 2017-18 | William Spallino, trombone and Madeline Yankell, soprano
  • 2016-17 | Rebecca Pfeiffer, trumpet and Vincenzo Volpe, flute
  • 2015-16 | Ryan Rose, saxophone and Ruolin Yang, violin
  • 2014-15 | Sydney Vereb, flute and Jeff Einhaus, tuba
  • 2013-14 | Lok Lei, violin and Nicholas Valentas, percussion
  • 2012-13 | Frankie Delgado, bassoon and Nathan Budge, euphonium
  • 2011-12 | Francis Blackman, voice and Dora Wu, violin
  • 2010-11 | Alyssa Hoffert, saxophone
  • 2009-10 | Karl Beheim, clarinet