Student Credits Performance Opportunities, Faculty
for Musical Success
Damaris Schmucker wins Trophy at Winnipeg Music
One of the things Damaris Schmucker likes about her music
studies at CMU are the many opportunities she gets to perform.
“I learned so much each time—how to put on a satisfactory
performance, but also how not to let little problems and mistakes shake me,”
says the flute major. “It has given me lots of chances to develop as a
All those performance opportunities seem to have paid off; in
March Schmucker won the Long & McQuade Trophy for the most outstanding grade 10
woodwind and brass performance at the annual Winnipeg Music Festival. Her
accompanist was CMU student Sarah Quartel.
“I was very happy to win the trophy, but I actually viewed
the festival as preparation for my grad recital,” she says. “I entered the
festival just for the experience, and for the learning opportunities provided by
Along with the opportunities to perform, Schmucker also credits the CMU music
faculty for her success.
“I really like how accessible and encouraging the faculty are,” she says,
adding that she also appreciated the smaller class sizes and the excellent
“Damaris is a fine example of the kind of student we want to see graduate
from CMU,” says Assistant Professor of Music Janet Brenneman. “She is an
accomplished musician and academic.”
Schmucker, a member of Winnipeg’s Douglas Mennonite Church, will graduate
with her Bachelor of Music in April. She plans to go on to further studies to
become a music teacher.
Posted March 25, 2008. Revised March 27, 2008.
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