Finn Wittrock, a fourth-year drama student, and Evan Fein, a master’s student in composition, were selected as the winners of the fifth annual Juilliard Journal Award, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Juilliard’s newspaper.
Finn, who graduates this month as a member of Group 37, is also the recipient of the Drama Division’s Stephanie Palmer McClelland Scholarship. At Juilliard, he has appeared in The Greeks, Ghosts, Twelfth Night, Our Lady of 121st St., Uncle Vanya, and King Lear. Finn is a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where his productions included Rhinoceros, Moonchildren, and The Matchmaker. On television, he has appeared on Cold Case, E.R., Halloweentown III, and CSI: Miami. Finn has written articles about several fourth-year drama productions for The Juilliard Journal, as well as covering a visit from playwright Edward Albee and a student volunteer trip to New Orleans.
Evan Fein is a native of Cleveland and earned his B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, after graduating summa cum laude from Richmond Heights High School. He is just finishing his first year in the master’s degree program at Juilliard, studying with Robert Beaser as the recipient of the 2007 Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. Evan served as composer-in-residence for the Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra during the 2006-07 season. His works have been featured at Cleveland Public Theater as well as on public radio; have been choreographed by performers from the Juilliard Dance Division, Mather Dance Center, and Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater; and have been performed by ensembles such as the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Vesuvius String Quartet, the C.I.M. New Music Ensemble, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Evan has interviewed conductors Dennis Russell Davies, Pierre Boulez, Emmanuel Villaume, and James Conlon for The Juilliard Journal, as well as composer Adolphus Hailstork.
Student-written articles constitute a major portion of The Juilliard Journal. The Juilliard Journal Award was created in 2004 to encourage and recognize those students who not only make writing for The Journal an integral part of their academic experience, but also keep the Publications Office aware of topics that should be covered in these pages. Students interested in writing for the paper should contact the senior editor at extension 341.