Recent winners in the area: soprano June Ae Kim of Oxon Hill won first place in the recent regional competions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council. A student of Jane White, Kim will now go to New York for the semi-finals in the national contest. Second, thir and fourth place awards went to Frances Ciesinski of Arlington, Yvette Matthews of Baltimore and Edmund Toliver of Silver Spring.
Two students of Todd Duncan won top prices in the recent National Society of Arts and Letters vocal competition: Ellen Lang, mezzo, of Takoma Park won the $2,000 prize and mezzo Adelle Nicholson of Washington, second-place of $1,000. Lang will go to Phoenix, Ariz., for the national finals in April.
James Hoback of Bluefield, W.Va., received one of 12 recently awarded $5,000 grants from the National Opera Institute. The grants, which can be repeated a second year, are for advanced study for young professional opera singers.
Among recent young student winners were: violinist Cornelia Landymore of Alexandria, pianist Linda Lee of Springfield and clarinetist Susan Fyre of falls Church, each winning a $250 award in the Alexandria Symphony student scholarship contest. Lee Belson, 11, of Washington won first prize in the Music Teachers National Association competition with a trio for clarinet, oboe and bassoon.
In the National Association of Teachers of Singing student contest on Feb. 26, three students of Margaret Masse placed first in their categories: Marquita Lister, high school girls. Reginald Hedgeman, high school boy; and Braynon Butler, college freshmen. Butler also received a full scholarship to Catholic University where Masse was engaged to teach him.
You don't often have a chance to hear the 40-part motet which Thomas Tallis wrote back in the 16th century. Designed for five eight-voice choirs, the motet, "Spem in Alium," will be sung by the Cathedral Choral Society, joined by the Wareham Chorale and the Cathedral choir of men and boys in their concert Sunday at 4 p.m. in Washington Cathedral. The program will also include the Palestrina Stabat Mater and Richard Dirksen's "The Fiery Furnace." Tickets by calling 966-3423.
Pianist Leon Fleisher will give two master classes at American University on April 16. Details for participants and auditors by calling 686-2162. Deadline for tapes from those wishing to participate is April 1.
You Don't Often Hear, Part II: a concert for french horn and piano, especially by such musicians as Barry Tuckwell and pianist Gary Graffman. Tuckwell and Graffman will play in the Kennedy Center on March 14. Tickets from the Washington Performing Arst Society.
Maryland University, host this week to the College Band Directors National Association, is presenting free concerts in Tawes Theater at 8:15 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. The concerts on those evenings will be played by Ohio University's Symphonic Band and West Virginia's Wind Ensemble on Wednesday, the Eastman Wind Ensemble on Thursday and Maryland and Baylor's wind bands on Friday.