KATHRYN KNUTTILA â€” CROWNED IN WEEKEND EVENT AND RECIPIENT OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS â€” IS STUDYING MUSIC COMPOSITION AT ST. PAULâ€™S RENOWNED MUSIC SCHOOL
WHO: Kathryn Knuttila, a 23-year-old native of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, and a current Junior studying for her Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Composition at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, was crowned Miss Minnesota over the past weekend during the annual pageant. Knuttilaâ€™s older sister, Kari Knuttila Heisler, held the same title in 2001.
WHAT: At the event, Kathryn was the recipient of the Tracy Joy McBride Quality of Life Award and will receive more than $20,000 in scholarship monies and awards. She will represent Minnesota in the annual Miss America competition in 2011.
WHERE: The Miss Minnesota event took place in Eden Prairie, Minn., a suburb of the Twin Cities, at the Eden Prairie Performing Arts
WHEN: Saturday night, June 19, 2010.
WHY: â€œKathryn has very powerful musical instincts and formidable technical chops as a pianist,â€? notes Chris Cunningham, who heads the composition department at McNally Smith. â€œShe has been an outstanding student with a very positive personal drive and is a strong and prolific composer.
â€œI speak for everyone at the college, from the faculty and executive officers to the student body, in congratulating her on this outstanding personal achievement, which we know will lead to even greater opportunities for her professionally and as a maker of music.â€?
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