U of I Saxophonists Advance to Regional Competition
Several saxophonists from the School of Music competed successfully at the Illinois Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) competitions held at Bradley University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
The Anabru Saxophone Quartet (the U of I Grad Saxophone Quartet) won First Place in the MTNA Wind Chamber Music Competition and saxophonist
Composition Student Commissioned by Choral Composer/Conductor Collective
Lucas Marshall Smith, DMA student in Composition, has been selected by the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective (C4) of New York to compose a new work for chorus.
Selected from a pool of 220 composers submiting 400 works, Smith was one of only three composers selected in this year's program. His work will be premiered in a pair of performances in Manhattan in June 2018.
Zhen Piao Wins 2nd Place in International Organ Competition
Zhen Piao (AD in organ, 2017, and MM in piano) has won 2nd prize in the Shanghai International Organ Competition. The Competition took place September 14-15, 2017 at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Zhen was one of six finalists from five countries.
Reported to be the first international organ competition in China, the Competition was held as part of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music's International Organ Festival. Finalists perfomed on one of the largest organs in China: a 5-manual, 88-rank Rieger instrument.
Flutist Pauline Jung Places 3rd in National Competition
Pauline Jung, MM 2017, recently placed 3rd in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. As the world's most prestigious annually recurring competition for flute, Pauline excelled through three rounds of live auditions at the Minneapolis convention.
Illinois flutists Jenny Shin (DMA), and Dani Stevens (DMA) joined Pauline as 3 of the 15 quarterfinalists selected via recording.
Bravo to all for their significant accomplishments!