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Seniors receive arts awards

Published 1:02 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2013
  • Staples High School seniors Tyler Jent, left, and Jake Landau recently received awards from the National YoungArts Foundation. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Staples High School seniors Tyler Jent, left, and Jake Landau recently received awards from the National YoungArts Foundation. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Staples High School seniors Tyler Jent and Jake Landau recently received awards from the National YoungArts Foundation.

Jent was recognized for two videos, one showing him singing "All I Need is the Girl" from "Gypsy," according to a news release. The other video showed him read a monologue from "Red," a play by American writer John Logan about artist Mark Rothko.

Jent is secretary of Staples Players, and senior manager of its web crew. He has had many starring roles in Players productions, most recently in "A Chorus Line." He also helps direct For the Heart, a volunteer community service a cappella singing group.

Jent plans to pursue a bachelor's of fine arts degree in musical theater at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the release states.

Landau, a contemporary classical music composer, was rewarded for his "high level of working knowledge of music," the release states.

Landau, who has attended Juilliard Pre-College and interned at the New York Philharmonic, has been a rehearsal, audition and pit pianist for Staples Players, as well as an actor, director, conductor and orchestrator. He performs for Lauren Weinsberger's annual "Listen to the Beat" concerts and is musical director of For the Heart.

He plans to attend Juilliard School of Music this fall, the release states.

YoungArts, founded in 1981, supports 15 to 18-year-old individuals in the visual, literary and performing arts. This year's 685 winners were chosen from more than 10,000 applicants nationwide, all of whom went through a multi-tiered, blind judging process and were evaluated by top professionals in their fields, the release states.