2015 Winners – Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition

Congratulations to the 2015 WMC Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition winner… Joseph Lautzenheiser!

Joe’s home is North Lawrence, a crossroads in Northeast Ohio. Beginning violin lessons at age nine, he has studied under five master musicians, learning classical, jazz, and folk styles. In 2011 & 2014 he won the Ohio State Fiddle Championship, as well as Indiana in 2013 & 2015. Currently he is a Business Major and Music Minor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where he studies violin with Juan Carlos Ortega. Additionally, Joe teaches private lessons and performs in various settings on and off campus.

Along with his monetary prize of $3,000 and performance on the November 15, 2015 WMC Recital at Otterbein University in Riley Auditorium, he has been awarded the opportunity to solo with the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra on the Spring Concert on March 13, 2016. His teacher, Juan Carlos Ortega, is also the Concertmaster of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra.

Also an extra BIG thank you to our judges this year:

Bruce Johnson is a classical musician and music educator originally from central Ohio who shares his passion for classical music with audiences and students alike. He began playing with the Westerville Symphony when he was just fourteen, and served as principal violist of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras for several years. As an undergraduate Joyce Fellow he was a student of Christine Rutledge at the University of Notre Dame, and later as a graduate student and Beinecke Fellow, studied with Clark Potter at the University of Nebraska. Bruce has held positions with a number of orchestras including the Lincoln and Omaha Symphonies, and over the years has performed with many local groups including the Central Ohio Symphony, Lima Symphony, Capital/Bexley and Westerville Symphonies.

Bruce continues performing, composing and teaching in central Ohio today as a private teacher and coach, a local adjudicator, an educator with Columbus City Schools, and recitalist.

Heidemarie J. Traylor received her BMus in music education from Ohio Wesleyan University, studying string pedagogy and performance with Korine Fujiwara (Carpe Diem String Quartet) and Deborah Price (Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Connection, Inc.). Ms. Traylor has also studied with members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Duvall Ensemble, The High Street Four, and attended Interlochen International Arts Camp where she had the opportunity to learn from Gerard Schwarz, Jung-Ho Pak, Timothy Russell, David Lockington, Lynn Harrell, and James Galway. She has also studied in Murnau, Germany. She is a former middle school orchestra teacher and has served as the administrative coordinator for the former Atlanta chapter of The Chamber Music Connection, Inc, which worked alongside local professional musicians (including members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) to improve string education in local schools and community music programs.

Heidemarie currently maintains a busy private studio for violin, viola, and piano students in Central Ohio and serves as a frequent guest teacher in the Dublin Schools. Crafting, reading, baking, and traveling are a few of her favorite pastimes.

Alexandra “Xan” Vargo graduated with a Musical Performance degree from Otterbein University. She founded Dynamic Studios, Inc. and proudly works as an educator with several talented students in the Columbus area. She enjoys participation with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra and looks forward to her new position with the Early Interval.

2015 Violin Competition Winners