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William Brewer, recently associated with the San Francisco Opera, has been appointed costume production manager for Ballet West. A native of Kansas, he holds a master's of fine arts from the Carnegie-Mellon University in costume design and construction. He has taught at Fort Hays Kansas State University, Carnegie-Mellon and San Francisco State University.

Brewer has assisted in costuming several George Lucas films, including special effects for fairies and brownies in "Willow," and has freelanced in television. He's also done weekly maintenance of wardrobe for such San Francisco touring shows as "Les Miserables," "Peter Pan" and "Sweeney Todd."Brewer will work in Ballet West's relocated costume shop, now housed in the same building as the company's production warehouse, 560 S. 300 West. The new quarters double costumers' working space. Brewer and his staff of three have many projects for the 1991-92 season, including executing Zack Brown's designs for "The Age of Anxiety" and refitting and refurbishing costumes for "Anna Karenina," both works that will tour to the Kennedy Center in October.

In addition, the costume staff is constructing more than 200 new "Nutcracker" costumes for the 1990 season, working from designs by Ariel Ballif.

- PHILLIP KENT BIMSTEIN, a composer residing in Springdale, has written music for the NBC movie of the week, "Murder in High Places," which will be telecast this evening.

Bimstein usually composes concert music about the desert and southern Utah, but during the past two weeks there has been a flurry of express shipments between his Springdale home and NBC studios in Burbank, Calif. "With a television monitor set up on the middle of my piano, I'd search for the right chord to accompany a body being dropped from an airplane," said the composer.

- STEPHANIE JEAN ALLEY, a 9-year-old from Bountiful, won first place in Level A competition for grades K-3 at the 11th annual Bartok-Kavalevsky International Piano Competition. The contest was held at Radford University near Roanoke, Va., in April, and its principal judge was Gyorgy Sandor, Hungarian pianist and protege of Bartok.

Stephanie also won the Levin Houston Award for Outstanding Young Musician in levels A, B and C of the contest, grades K-9, by vote of the preliminary and finals judges, for a total of $250 in prize money. She is the daughter of Lynn and Heidi Alley of Bountiful and studies with Irene Peery of Provo.

- THE MELBA LINDSAY BURTON youth string competition, sponsored by the American West Symphony & Chorus, took place on May 25, with $2,500 in cash awarded to winners. Burton, who died in February, taught violin for more than 64 years in the Salt Lake Valley.

Benjamin David Henderson, bassist, won first place in the advanced class, and contest grand prize. Other advanced winners, in descending order, are Nicole Jackson, cello; and Brian Wharton, cello, with special awards to Martha Thompson, Cybele Stevenson and Loralyn Staples, all violin.

In the elementary division, winners were Barney Lund, cello; Mindy Fackrell, violin; and Lexye Lund, violin, with special awards to Elizabeth Clayton, Alexis Cheney and Anne Greenwood, all violin.

In intermediate division, Alexis Van Dyke, violin; Jonathan Lund, cello; Michael Grover, violin; and special awards to Jeanette Lund, Allison Morgan, and Chuck Skinner, all violin.

In junior class, Victoria Joy Ferris, Rosalie Lund and Jenny Oaks, all violin; and special awards to Anne Perry, Jorja Hales and John Gardner, also violin.