Music student named distinguished recipient of esteemed 23-24 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Haven Kahn (’24) has been named the distinguished recipient of the esteemed 23-24 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, a testament to his outstanding musical prowess, academic excellence, and unwavering commitment to equity and inclusion.

The Presser Foundation has a longstanding commitment to supporting music education through the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, which recognizes outstanding music majors in their final year of undergraduate study. This award celebrates students, selected by music faculty, who have achieved a high level of musical and academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and contributed to an inclusive community.

Haven's stellar achievements in performance, marked by triumphs in competitions like the JMU Concerto/Aria Competition and the Petrichor International Music Competition, underscore his exceptional talent and dedication. Beyond his musical accomplishments, Haven demonstrates a deep engagement in independent research and assumes leadership roles within JMU’s vibrant music community.

Central to his ethos is a fervent dedication to inclusivity and advocacy for underrepresented composers, as evidenced by his involvement in a groundbreaking project examining systemic influences on marginalized scholars in music theory. Recent accolades, including recognition in the Vandoren Emerging Artist competition and participation in the prestigious North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial conference, further underscore his remarkable abilities.

Despite his numerous accolades, Haven remains grounded, embodying humility and compassion in his interactions with others. As he prepares to be celebrated at the forthcoming Honors Concert in April, his profound impact on JMU’s musical landscape is undeniable, leaving behind a legacy of excellence and kindness that resonates deeply with peers and mentors alike. Congratulations, Haven!

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Published: Monday, March 25, 2024

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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