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Awards and scholarships to be presented at Viennese Ball

March 30, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will receive awards and scholarships at the university's 38th annual Viennese Ball, to be held April 13-14.

Proceeds from the two-night event and donations to the Viennese Ball support awards and global study opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students. Awards recognize academic excellence, service to the music and theatre arts department and service to the Viennese Ball through employment in Davies Center.

Ross Christianson, a music education major with an instrumental emphasis, will receive the Wilhelm and Ingrid Brauner Award for international study at the University of Graz, Austria. From Cornell, he is the son of Avery and Vicki Christianson. Named to honor the Austrian trade commissioner who helped develop the Viennese Ball, the Brauner Award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Six students will receive Viennese Ball Senior Music Scholarships, awarded for talent, academic achievement and contributions to the music and theatre arts department.

  • Jordyn Beranek is a vocal performance major from Rice Lake who will perform in the Bösendorfer Salon at this year's Viennese Ball. Her parents are Kurt Beranek and Stacey Tubbs.
  • Gregory Ellis is a composition major from Waukesha who will perform in the Bösendorfer Salon and as a member of The Singing Statesmen. His parents are Matthew and Laurie Ellis.
  • Sarah Kubiatowicz, an applied instrumental major from Eau Claire, is principal oboist with the University Symphony Orchestra. Her parents are Mike and Anne Kubiatowicz.
  • Lauren Schell, Stoughton, is a music education (choral) major who will perform with the Women's Concert Chorale. Her parents are Doug and Colleen Schell.
  • Jory Tuftin, a music education major with both applied instrumental and cello performance emphases, is from Brooklyn Park, Minn. He will perform with The Singing Statesmen and as principal cellist of the University Symphony Orchestra. His parents are Gene and Valerie Tuftin.
  • Ashley Zipperer, a music education major with an instrumental emphasis, is from Green Bay. Her parents are Andrew and Sue Zipperer.

Andrew Steffen, New Richmond, has been chosen to receive the Ada Bors Music Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the music and theatre arts department. The award is named to honor the originator and coordinator of the annual Viennese Ball through its silver anniversary year. A member of The Singing Statesmen and the Innocent Men, Steffen is a music education major with choral emphasis. His parents are Patrick and Renee Steffen.

The Viennese Ball also supports an additional 25 division scholarships each year.

Three students will receive Davies Center Service Awards, which recognize outstanding service to the Viennese Ball.

  • Samuel Hendrickson, La Crosse, is double majoring in physics and engineering. A member of the Event Production Crew, he is the son of David and Jerrilyn Hendrickson.
  • Laura Kahlow, Shawano, is an elementary education major. She is a member of the University Symphony Orchestra and works as an arts and special events assistant in the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office. Her parents are Tom and Janet Kahlow.
  • Kelly Todd is an organizational communication major from Madison who is one of the managers of the University Usher Corps. Her parents are Robert and Kristin Todd.

The Annual Viennese Ball is presented by the University Centers in cooperation with the music and theatre arts department and the Center for International Education.


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