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Charles Mossey, a senior Music Performance major from Waterford, was recently awarded the Oasis Guitar Jury Prize, a $500 cash award that recognizes the State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music guitar student who exhibits the greatest improvement over the course of a semester.
“Since he transferred to Fredonia from Schenectady Community College in 2019, Charlie’s abilities and insights have developed to the point where he has become a musical artist on the classical guitar,” said SUNY Distinguished Professor James Piorkowski.
“He is no longer just a guitar player, but he has become a substantial
musician. Despite all of the challenges of the pandemic, Charlie has persevered and invested wisely into his technical and musical development. It requires a lot of disciplined work to grow as he has.”
Mr. Mossey recently played his junior performance recital, with his senior recital slated for November. He is also a member of the Fredonia Guitar Quartet, which was featured at the recent Austin Peay State University Guitar Fest in Clarksville, Tenn., playing the premiere performance of Mr. Piorkowski’s “One Night in Romania.”
The Oasis award was established in 2012 in the Fredonia College Foundation by Dave Hepple, president of Oasis, Inc., maker of the Oasis guitar humidifier, guitar strings, and other musical accessories.