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Two senior musicians to play graduating recitals

Two music students will present their graduating student recitals on Tuesday, November 27, in the Northside Campus Auditorium. Jeremy Ong, trombone, will play at 6 pm and Dimitri Zghenti, piano, will play at 8 pm.

Ong began studying the euphonium at the age of 15 and started playing the trombone at age 23. His teachers include Chad Miller, Mark Mordue, Kenley Inglefield, and Reed Capshaw. Ong won the winds division of the Indiana University South Bend concerto competition in 2011. He has been a member of the IUSB Jazz Band, IU South Bend Wind Ensemble, IU South Bend Brass Choir, IUSB Philharmonic and the 2010 Midwestern Intercollegiate Honor Band. He has performed as a soloist with the IU South Bend Brass Choir. Ong is completing his Bachelor in Music Education. 

Zhgenti started learning music when he was nine years old. At that age he began attending Music School in Tbilisi, Georgia. After one year, he began studying under the direction of Rusudan Hodjava, Professor of Piano in Tbilisi State Conservatory of Music. After moving to the United States at age 12, Zhgenti continued to study piano with Associate Professor of Piano Judith Shopflin at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. A year later he began participating in the various adjudication programs and the National Guild of Pianists auditions. Zhgenti won First Place in the Washington State Music Teachers Association Competition. After moving from Spokane to Vancouver, Washington. Zhgenti began studying piano under the direction of Joanna Hodges. He received a junior achievement award in 2005 and additional achievement awards in 2007 and 2008. He successfully completed four national 10-piece and one international 15-piece programs. Zhgenti joined the Toradze Piano Studio in fall 2008.