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2020 Music Achievement Award

The UMBC Department of Music proudly acknowledges these seniors from the class of 2019-20 for their artistry, their musical achievements, and their outstanding service to the department. 
As our semester concludes, we wish all of our graduates much deserved success in their future endeavors and congratulate them on the culmination of their hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
Collin David is an accomplished composer as well as performer on numerous instruments including cello, French horn, guitar, ukulele, and piano. He has been afeatured soloist with orchestra on two occasions and his original compositions have been performed throughout the US and in Brazil. In addition to his musical career, Collin also teaches gymnastics and is an avid gamer, judging and competing in tournaments throughout the area. He will attend the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the fall to pursue graduate studies in composition.
Christian Hartman is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger pursuing a degree in Cello
Performance at UMBC with a Linehan Artist Scholarship. He performs in 6 ensembles at UMBC
and is principal cellist of the UMBC Symphony Orchestra. As a composer and arranger, his works have been performed by high schools, honor groups, dance companies, and collegiate
Riccardo Jefferson is a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. As a Jazz Studies major at UMBC he has lead ensembles both small and large, and recently appeared as pianist in the “Thoughts andPrayers” performance with the BSO’s OrchKids program at UMBC.
Jeremy Keaton is a composer and cellist graduating from UMBC with a B.A. in Music
Composition in 2020. As a composer, he specializes primarily in chamber music and his works
have been performed by a variety of collegiate and professional ensembles. He is a member of the interdisciplinary Linehan Artist Scholars program and has collaborated with members of the
UMBC and University of Oklahoma dance departments as a composer and performer.
Jonathan Sotelo is a percussionist and improviser based in Baltimore, Maryland. He has had multiple works written for him and has performed as soloist with the Endless Mountain Music Festival. His current teachers are Tom Goldstein (UMBC) and James Wyman (Baltimore Symphony), and he will be undertaking graduate study in Music Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ahmed Warshanna is a Jazz Studies and Biology major who combines the East and West with his original music. Ahmed composes, arranges, and produces Egyptian Hard Bop that is both boundary pushing and harkens to the past.
Louis Witt graduates from UMBC as a Vocal Performance and Ancient Studies double degree, and as a member of the UMBC Honors College and Linehan Scholars. Louis has sung in UMBC’s Camerata choir and in the Opera Workshop, along with representing the school at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school and continue working in music.