Music Graduate Student Awarded University Fellowship
It's a pleasure to announce that Khan Cordice, graduate student in the NIU School of Music, has been awarded a University Fellowship for the 2013-2014 school year.
Khan hails from Antigua and grew up in St. John’s. He became a member of the Hell’s Gate steel orchestra in 2002, the same year he was introduced to the instrument. As captain of his school’s steel band, he assisted the group in attaining their first Independence Schools’ panorama championship title in 2006. In 2008 Khan presented his first public arrangement for the “25-A-Side Moods of Pan Festival” competition and became Antigua’s youngest pan arranger. From 2009 to 2012 he worked as an arranger in collaboration with the Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra, which won the title of Panorama Champions three of the four times he arranged for that orchestra.
Khan earned his undergraduate degree in Musical Arts at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. During his time in Trinidad, he was a sought-after pannist during the island’s Carnival panorama season. In his second year of studies, he accomplished the feat of performing with 11 bands for their national Panorama competition. In October of 2012, Khan graduated from UWI with honors and was the recipient of the Beryl McBurnie prize for best all-around student. Khan’s accomplishments have been noted on the website When Steel Talks. Khan is now earning a Master of Music degree in steelpan performance from NIU, where he studies with internationally-renowned faculty members Liam Teague and Clifford Alexis.