Wilson Poffenberger Advances to Semi-Finals in National Competition

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Wilson Poffenberger has advanced to the semi-final live round of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) National Solo Competition to be held in Cincinnati in March. This year there were 148 applicants from the recorded preliminary round and 25 to advanced to the semi-final round.

Wilson's repertoire included Edison Denisov’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, the 1st movement of Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, and Christian Lauba’s Tadj from his 9 etudes for solo saxophone. For the semi-final round he will perform two movements from William Bolcom’s Concert Suite for alto saxophone and band, and the Gigue from J.S. Bach’s 2nd Violin Partita in D Minor.

As a soloist, Wilson has performed with the Dana Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble, and Hagerstown Municipal Band. He has presented recitals at the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017), North American Saxophone Alliance Biannual Conference (2014), Duquesne Saxophone Day (2014), and the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Recent accomplishments include grand prize at the 2017 Enkor International Woodwind and Brass Competition, winner of the 2016-2017 Harriet Hale Woolley award, first prize at the 2014 Dana Young Artist competition, semi-finalist in the 2014 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, semi-finalist in the 2018 and 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition, and finalist in the 2013 Butler Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.

Wilson has premiered works by Guillermo Lago, Gregory Wanamaker, Robert Lemay, Alexis Bacon, Andrew Koss, Alex Miller, and Aaron Lockhart. Mr. Poffenberger received his Masters of Music degree from Youngstown State University and his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with additional study at CRR Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, France. He has performed in masterclasses with Otis Murphy, Chien-Kwan Lin, Michael Ibrahim, Timothy McAllister, Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Masataka Hirano, and Christian Wirth. His primary teachers include Debra Richtmeyer, Jean-Michel Goury, James Umble, and Keith Young.

Also advancing are UI MM alumni, Nicole Roman and Jiaqi (Kevin) Zhao, who are currently in the DMA program at the Eastman School of Music. All are current and former students of Prof. Debra Richtmeyer. Wilson is accompanied by pianist Casey Dierlam, also an Illinois alumna. 


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