Local Singer Wins 2009 Grieg Competition

The 2009 Grieg Festival Young Artists Competition was held at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in January.  Sixteen individuals under 32 years-old were chosen to compete in the semi-finals categories of violin, piano and voice.

Baritone Alan Dunbar, a doctoral student at the Jacobs School of Music, was awarded 1st place in the vocal category and was also named Grand Prize Winner of the competition. As WFIU’s David Wood found out, Dunbar has an interesting history with Grieg, including how he was turned on to the Norwegian composer.

David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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