Congratulations to all 2018 participants!
Collegiate Division 1st Place: invoke
- Nick Montopoli: Dogs
- Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 – I. Allegro violento ed agitato
Described by one pretty important radio guy as “not classical…but not not classical”, invoke continues to successfully dodge every attempt at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s style encompasses musical traditions from across America, woven together to create truly unique contemporary repertoire. Equally at home in a collaborative setting, invoke has performed with musicians from widely varying genres, from the Enso Quartet to chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin. invoke’s 2015 debut release “Souls in the Mud” features original works composed by and for the group.
Collegiate Division 2nd Place: Ajax Quartet
- W.A. Mozart: String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 – I. Allegretto
- Bela Bartok: String Quartet No. 2 – I. Moderato
Founded in 2016 at the University of Colorado, the Ajax Quartet is an emerging string quartet comprised of violinists Tom Yaron and Renee Hemsing Patten, violist Mario Rivera, and cellist Eric Haugen. In the fall of 2016, Ajax was selected for the graduate string quartet residency at the University of Colorado by the Takacs Quartet, who gives them weekly coaching sessions and guidance. Ajax also shares a relationship with the Aspen Music Festival and School, where they serve as Musical Connections Resident Artists.
Collegiate Division 3rd Place: Crosstown Winds
- Heitor Villa-Lobos: Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon – I. Animé
- Valerie Coleman: Rubispheres – III.
Founded in 2017, Crosstown Winds is based in Memphis, Tennessee. All members serve as graduate assistants at the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music. Crosstown Winds frequently performs throughout the greater Memphis area and strives to provide outreach to the local community.
Junior Division 1st Place: Quid Nunc Saxophone Quartet
- Thierry Escaich: Tango Virtuoso
- Guillermo Lago: Ciudades: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
The Quid Nunc Saxophone Quartet formed in the winter of 2013 and has been a leading advocate and competitor in the chamber music community ever since. QNSQ has won prizes at the Coltman Competition (2nd prize 2015, 1st prize tie 2017), the Houston Underground Saxophone Quartet Competition (3rd prize 2014, 1st prize 2016), Texas Public Radio’s “Sounds Like KPAC” Competition (1st prize 2015 and 2016), and was names a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In 2015 QNSQ performed as a feature group at the 69th annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, premiering two new works for saxophone quartet.
Junior Division 2nd Place: Quantum Quartet
- Joel Love: In Memoriam – II. Adieu
- David Maslanka: Songs for the Coming Day – VIII. The soul is here for its own joy
Formed in the summer of 2016 in Carrollton, Texas, the Quantum Quartet consists of Bruce Moe, Ekdev Rajkitkul, Austin Dreyer, and Peyton Joffre. Members of the group have received many honors, including Texas All-State Band placement, selection to participate in the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance High School Saxophone Ensemble, various top finishes in the Houston Underground Saxophone Competition (Junior Division and High School Division), and more. Quantum Quartet’s are members of the award winning Hebron High School Band.
Junior Division 3rd Place: DAJJ Quartet
- Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2 – I. Allegro
- Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 10 in A-flat Major, Op. 118 – II. Allegretto furioso
The DAJJ Quartet formed in Fall 2015 at the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) based in Worthington, Ohio. DAJJ consists of Daniel Tai (15) and Anna Linder (14), violins, Jackson Tomsic (17), cello, and Julian Tugaoen (15), viola. The name DAJJ arises by combining the first letters of each member’s first name. DAJJ was named the 2017 Grand Prize winner of the Discover Competition, won Bronze medal at the 2017 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, received Honorable Mention in 2017 and Second Prize in the 2018 Ohio String Teachers Association Competition. The quartet was also a finalist at the 2017 Coltman Competition. They have worked with many guest artists at CMC such as Jinjoo Cho, Neave Trio, Dmitry Kouzov, Calidore, Dover, Formosa, Cavani, KASA, Hausmann, and Doric String Quartets.
Meet the Semi-Finalists & Finalists
Congratulations to the Junior Division & Collegiate Division semi-finalists & finalists! Click to meet the ensembles!
|Collegiate Division: 1st Place Ensemble|
|$2000 ensemble cash prize; performance during ACMC Summer Festival or Season Concert; featured in a KMFA, Classical 89.5 radio broadcast|
|Collegiate Division: 2nd Place Ensemble|
|$1000 ensemble cash prize; featured in a KMFA, Classical 89.5 radio broadcast|
|Collegiate Division: 3rd Place Ensemble|
|$500 ensemble cash prize; featured in a KMFA, Classical 89.5 radio broadcast|
|Junior Division: 1st Place Ensemble|
|$1000 ensemble cash prize; performance invite to Lincoln Center’s Young Masters Concert in New York (Spring 2019); featured in a KMFA, Classical 89.5 radio broadcast; scholarship to ACMC 2018 Summer Workshop in July|
|Junior Division: 2nd Place Ensemble|
|$500 ensemble cash prize; scholarship to ACMC 2018 Summer Workshop in July; featured in a KMFA, Classical 89.5 radio broadcast|
|Junior Division: 3rd Place Ensemble|
|$250 ensemble cash prize; scholarship to ACMC 2018 Summer Workshop in July; featured in a KMFA, Classical 89.5 radio broadcast|
Carolyn Watson, orchestral conductor, Texas State University
Rick Rowley, piano, University of Texas at Austin
Sandy Yamamoto, violin, University of Texas at Austin
Jessica Valls, double bass, Southwestern University
Harvey Pittel, saxophone, University of Texas at Austin Emeritus
Rebecca Powell Garfield, flute, Austin Symphony Orchestra