STONY BROOK, NY, September 12, 2012 – Stony Brook University alumnus Mario Gotoh (Doctor of Musical Arts ’12) received the 2012 Patricia Kerr Ross Award for exemplary student achievement in the arts. The award is given annually by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher to students who have demonstrated excellence, originality and promise in the arts. It is accompanied with $1,000 and is intended as a bridge between SUNY study in the arts and entry into a professional arts career.
“The Patricia K. Ross Award allows SUNY to honor some of our most creative arts students and provide them with financial assistance to support their ongoing work,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Congratulations to Mario Gotoh for winning such a prestigious and competitive award.”
Gotoh, a dual-degree recipient with a DMA in violin and viola performance, was nominated for the award by two professors, Nicholas Cords, viola artist-in-residence at Stony Brook University; and Philip Setzer, professor of violin and chamber music at Stony Brook University and a founding member of the renowned Emerson String Quartet.
“It is very unusual to work with a student who does many different things in music and does all of them equally and very well,” said Setzer. “Mario Gotoh is just such a musician. She is an excellent violinist and violist, strong and exciting soloist, intelligent and sensitive chamber musician and an excellent teacher and citizen of the University. She is most deserving of this prestigious award.”
“I have been very fortunate to work with Philip Setzer and Nicholas Cords, who have nurtured my development as a musician and in becoming my own teacher. I'm grateful to receive the Patricia Kerr Ross Award to support my work and life as a violinist and violist,” said Gotoh. "The invaluable support from the faculty throughout my studies in the newly-proposed dual-degree doctorate in violin and viola performance attests to the open-minded environment and broad outlook of the Stony Brook University Music Department.”
|Mario Gotoh is pictured performing the Walton Viola Concerto with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra at the Staller Center for the Arts.|
About Mario Gotoh
Mario Gotoh has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, with performances being broadcast worldwide on NPR, PBS Television, TF1 French Television and more. She has served as concertmaster, principal violin, and principal viola in orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Music Academy of the West, Stony Brook University and the Eastman School of Music. She performs with several ensembles in New York City, including the Knights and Orchestra of St. Luke's. She currently serves as a viola instructor at Suffolk County Community College, a violin teacher at the Bloomingdale School of Music and the violin and chamber music teacher at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Camp. She received her BM and Performance Certificate at the Eastman School of Music and her MM at Stony Brook University.
About the Patricia Kerr Ross Award
Patricia Kerr Ross dedicated 30 years of service to SUNY, where she began in 1969 as assistant to the University Dean in the University-wide Program in the Arts. Ross directed the University-wide Programs in the Arts from 1971-91, and over the years, was also a board and committee member, panelist and speaker for a variety of arts-related organizations in New York State. She was a founding board member of the Gallery Association of New York State in 1973 and the Association of SUNY Arts Presenters in 1982. Following her death in 1999, Ross’ $30,000 bequest created the Patricia Kerr Ross Award to benefit graduates in the arts by enhancing the outreach of the Thayer Fellowship program. Nearly 100 applications for the awards are received each year. The applications are evaluated by a jury panel of experts in the various arts disciplines. The finalists are then interviewed in person by the jury panel, and their work is reviewed during performances, readings, screenings, and exhibitions. At the end of this process, the jury panel determines the winners.