2023 Penny Turner Young Artist Award Winner Announced

The International Women’s Brass Conference, Dillon Music, and the Penny Turner Young Artist Award Committee are thrilled to announce the 2024 Winner: Lana Das!

About Lana Das:

Lana Das is an 18-year old Euphonium & Trombone player from Marietta, GA. This fall, she will attend Vanderbilt University where she will study Euphonium under the direction of Dr. Bethany Wiese. She plans to be an Integrated Studies Music Major and pursue a double major in Culture, Advocacy, and Leadership to combine her passion for music and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As an advocate for expanding musical opportunity, Lana started a student-led chamber music program at her school which has grown and seen great success during her time in High School. She also founded a Band mentorship program in her county which aims to increase access to music education for middle schoolers.

Lana has been a part of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, GMEA District and All-State Honor Bands, frequented Solo & Ensemble festival, and attended the Georgia Governor’s Honor Program in 2022 as a Music Major. What Lana enjoys most about music is the ability to tell stories, create connections, and convey emotion.

About the Penny Turner Young Artist Award

Penny Turner Young Artist Award, a scholarship competition created by IWBC Board Member Ginger Turner in honor of her late mother, Penny Turner. Ginger says of her inspiration to create the award:

“My Mom played the cornet growing up and was a band director for a few years. She never experienced anything like IWBC in her youth and she thought it was the coolest. We always tried to get her to a conference but her health and my schedule never made it happen. She was able to attend a number of the Baltimore Holiday Brass Concerts and really enjoyed the music and the community created through that experience. I thought a scholarship in her name would help keep her connected to the organization that she so loved.”

The competition is open to all female brass players between the ages of 12-18; their music teachers or private instructors may nominate competitors.