Alumna Vera Zholondz gives piano recital at her alma mater

“It feels so good to come home!” exclaimed Alcorn alumna Vera Zholondz, class of 2012, who came to the Lorman campus to give a piano concert April 9.

“Being here brings back the sweetest memories from the time I was a student here in the Department of Fine Arts. I was so happy to see my former teachers and perform at my alma mater,” said Zholondz.

Now a student in the Doctorate of Musical Arts, Piano Performance program at Louisiana State University, Vera performed selections by Frederic Chopin, Alexander Scriabin, and William Bolcom for the audience of Alcorn students, faculty and staff in the Fine Arts Building.

While at Alcorn, Vera was an outstanding student academically, being on the Dean’s and President’s list every semester of her tenure. She experienced the opportunities that the University provided to her to the fullest. Vera was part of the International and Multicultural Student Organization, becoming Miss International and Multicultural Student Organization and being named 2011 StudyMississippi. Undergraduate International Student of the Year. She also won the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Piano Competition, participated in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, performed for master classes in Chicago, Houston and Washington, D. C., and give numerous concerts as part of the Alcorn Jazz Ensemble and the Concert Choir.

“I came to Alcorn from Voronezh, Russia when I was just 17 years old,” remembers Vera. “It was my first time ever leaving my home and my family. I am so thankful to Alcorn for accepting me into its big and diverse family and making me the strong and focused individual that I am today.

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