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Winners Announced for the 2013-2014 ARTS NC STATE Performing Artist and Creative Artist Awards


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2014 – NC State University, Raleigh, N.C.


Media Contact: N. Alexander Miller III

Vice Provost, ARTS NC STATE 

alex_miller@ncsu.edu, 919‐515‐2835 

ARTS NC STATE is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 awards that recognize student achievement in the performing arts at NC State University. With grant funding provided by the NC State Foundation, five students were selected to receive the 2013-2014 Performing Artist and Creative Artist Awards:


2013-2014 Performing Artist Awards
Dance: Holley Holmes
Music: Alexandre Mangot

Theatre: Morgan Piner


2013-20141 Creative Artist Awards
Music: Cody Ellington

Theatre: Christian O'Neal


Performing Artist Awards

The ARTS NC STATE Performing Artist Award honors student performers in music, dance and theatre. This award is open to any current full‐time NC State student enrolled in an ARTS NC STATE music, dance or theatre course and/or involved in an ARTS NC STATE Music Department, Dance Program or University Theatre production or performance. The Performing Artist Award is chosen by adjudicating faculty. The winning performing artists each receive a $500 award and acknowledgement in the following year’s ARTS NC STATE Season Playbills.




The choreographic works in which Holley Holmes performed in the NCSU Dance Company Concert were Tara Z. Mullins' All that Ever Falls,  and Robin Harris's l-o-v-e and From left:. In all three works, Holley's performance and contribution to the creative process were outstanding and impeccable.

Holley Holmes is a thoughtful, intelligent, and exceptionally skilled performer. She layers her dancing with details that bring nuance and complexity to the roles she performs. In process, she has an amazing ability to listen to direction, translate, and bring about exact and beautifully, delightfully effective results in her performance. Her performance is both studied and intuitive. Holley understands what she is doing, and controls it, but her decisions never look forced. The beauty of her performance is that everything she does appears natural, looks right and spontaneous. Holley is always in the moment. Holley Holmes is a quiet and humble force who invests fully and strives for perfection for the sake of her art. It is an honor to work with Holley and experience her brilliant performance.




Hailing from France, Alexandre Mangot is currently in his third year at NC State, pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. He is also working toward a minor in piano performance under the instruction of Dr. Olga Kleiankina. In addition to classical music, Alex expresses a passion for jazz and has participated in the NC State Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combo. His winning performance of Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, first movement, was noted for its musicality and technical execution.











Morgan Piner had a year of knockout performances in two plays that showcased her talent in roles that varied from over-the-top comedy to spectacular musical theatre. She was a veritable smash as a devious diva and possible murder victim in The Game’s Afoot projecting glamor, style, and great comedic technique. Her "Velma" in CHICAGO was a powerhouse performance from beginning to end. Audiences and her peers rightly lauded this role as an outstanding example of a character expressed beautifully in song, dance and acting—a genuine triple threat in every way! Morgan epitomizes the very best of University Theatre students achieving success on the stage by giving exceptional performances.




2013-2014 Creative Artist Awards


The ARTS NC STATE Creative Artist Award recognizes original work in music, dance and theatre created by full‐time NC State students. Unlike the Performing Artist Award, the Creative Artist Award is not tied to enrollment/participation in the programs of ARTS NC STATE.


A committee of music, dance and theatre faculty reviews submissions made annually of original work in the fields of music, dance and theatre, and chooses the artists who best exemplify the award(s) for Creative Artist. The winning creative artists each receive $500 with acknowledgement in the following year’s ARTS NC STATE playbill. A corresponding $1,000 grant will be given to the appropriate ARTS NC STATE program or department to assist in producing the selected work in performances by the Music Department, Dance Program and/or University Theatre in the following academic year.



Cody Ellington, The Veil


Cody Ellington is a freshman in the College of Engineering and a member of the University Scholars Program. His winning composition, The Veil, is a symphonic poem for wind band that portrays events prior to and following the tearing of the veil in the Temple at Jerusalem during the Crucifixion. The 22 themes that shape the work have been inspired by specific imagery surrounding the life of Jesus as described in the biblical books of Isaiah, Luke and Acts. Not only are these melodies rich in their variety of rhythms, contours and character, but their orchestration demonstrates an artistic handling of instrumental timbre and texture.









Christian O'Neal, THAT KIND OF PLAY


Christian O'Neal has created a one-act play that explores a "particular" genre in a satirical, witty and imaginatively entertaining fashion! His characters are fascinating in their reaction to the dramatic situation they find themselves in and are completely believable in their very "human" dialogue in THAT KIND OF PLAY.








ARTS NC STATE is an umbrella organization comprised of the six visual and performing arts programs of North Carolina State University: Center Stage, The Crafts Center, Dance Program, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Music Department and University Theatre. Each year, ARTS NC STATE provides hundreds of outstanding arts opportunities for both the campus and the greater community.