Horn player takes top prize
UGA graduate student Lauren Hunt took first prize in the International Horn Competition of America’s university division in September. The doctor of musical arts student competed against more than 50 other contestants to win the title. “Everyone hopes to win at competitions like this, but my main goal was to make it past the first round,” Hunt says. “Once I had accomplished that, I simply made it a point to have fun and enjoy playing my instrument. I think that’s a big reason why I performed as well as I did.” Hunt is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and Yale University and was awarded UGA’s Presidential Graduate Fellowship. She has performed in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, often working in conjunction with El Sistema, a Venezuela-based youth music advocacy network.