BU Alumni Perform at Carnegie Hall, NY

February 26, 2013

BRANDON, MB – Three Brandon University (BU) alumni lived the musician’s dream last week, performing in New York City at prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Sarah Hallikas, Annelise Hawrylak and Mitchell Wedgewood appeared on the world renowned stage February 18th with the Toronto-based Eastminster United Church Choir, a 30 voice ensemble selected to take part in a musical production by Distinguished Concerts Singers International.

CarnegieHall“It was thrilling, amazing,” says Hallikas, a BU School of Music alumni. “Our audience even graced us with a standing ovation. That may have been the most exciting part – a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall. Check that off the to-do list!”

BU School of Music Dean, Dr. Michael Kim, couldn’t be more pleased. “This is a remarkable opportunity for anyone wanting to make a life of music. Brandon University is proud of Sarah, Annelise and Mitch and wish each of them continued success.”

All three BU alumni are currently in Toronto, continuing their musical educations. “Brandon University shaped us into the musicians that we are today,” says Hallikas, “and we are proud to represent BU on the international stage.”

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, creation and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.



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Glen Kirby
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Brandon University