Congratuatlions to graduate student clarinetist Anthony Poehailos, who was named the winner of Penn State's Graduate Exhibition "Performance Option" on Friday, March 24, 2017. Anthony and his collaborator, dancer Natasha McCandless, performed "Harlequin" by Louis Cahuzac. The duo also performed "Harlequin" at the 2017 School of Music Mosaic concert. Anthony is a student of Anthony J. Costa.
Originally from Charlottesville, VA, Anthony is the son of Karen and Tony Poehailos. He received his bachelor's degree in music education from James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) in 2015, where he was named valedictorian of his graduating class and the 2015 School of Music Outstanding Graduating Senior. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the honorary national music society, and was named a Presser Scholar in 2014. At Penn State, Anthony serves as a graduate teaching assistant and is the recipient of the Graham Fellowship. He plans to pursue a doctorate degree in clarinet performance at Florida State University in fall 2017.
The second place winner was violist Fabio Saggin, assisted by pianist Taeyong Kim. Percussionist Stephen Fleming placed third.
The Graduate Exhibition celebrates research and creative scholarship, in all its aspects, as an essential and exciting part of graduate education at Penn State. Established in 1986, the Graduate Exhibition places special emphasis on communicating research and creative endeavor to a general audience and offers an unusual opportunity for professional development by challenging graduate students to present their work in clear, comprehensible terms to people outside their fields. The Graduate Exhibition is also an opportunity for graduate students to see themselves as part of the larger University community, to share their scholarship, and to appreciate the breadth of quality research being done at Penn State.