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### Three UNCSA Students Named Semi-Finalists for Fulbright Fellowships

Once again, students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) are receiving recognition and potential rewards for their exceptional talents and hard work. Three students from the School of Music have been selected as semi-finalists for Fulbright fellowships, which aim to facilitate international cultural exchange through education, the arts, and research.

Sarah Core

One of the accomplished individuals is Sarah Core, a pianist, collaborative artist, and teacher who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dmitri Shteinberg. She recently graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU), where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition. Sarah is also actively involved as a private teacher at St. Mary’s Music Academy and the UNCSA Community Music School. Her musical talents have been recognized with an honorable mention in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in 2022 and the 2023 North Carolina Music Teachers Association Competition.

Bobbie Raso

Another talented individual, baritone Robbie Raso, is a graduate student at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, studying with Marilyn Taylor. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. Raso showcased his skills last summer by portraying Enrico in “Lucia di Lammermoor” and Dandini in “La Cenerentola” at the Mediterranean Opera Festival in Caltagirone, Sicily. Currently, he is taking on the roles of Enrico in “Maria di Rohan” and Marcaniello in “Lo frate ‘nnamorato.”

Bentley Dorics

Bentley Dorics, who is pursuing studies in the voice program with a minor in German studies, has actively participated in various opera performances, including portraying Sandrina in Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera.” Scheduled to appear as Lauretta in Bizet’s “Le Docteur Miracle” in April, Dorics is deeply involved in the musical community. Apart from singing with the choir of Home Moravian Church, directed by UNCSA School of Music Faculty member Glenn Siebert, Bentley also contributes to local elementary schools through ArtistCorps, enriching the community with arts education.

The Fulbright Program, established by the Department of State in 1946, stands as a prominent international educational exchange initiative supported by the U.S. Government. This program offers diverse opportunities for students and young professionals to engage in international graduate study, advanced research, and teaching roles worldwide.

“We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our students as they prepare to transition into the professional sphere,” expressed Rachel Williams, the dean of the Division of Liberal Arts (DLA). “Recognition from such a prestigious program underscores the high-quality education provided by our institution. We look forward to witnessing the meaningful contributions our students will make through this experience.”

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