Congratulations to all 2019 Collegiate Division Ensembles!
Grand Prize and String & Piano Category 1st Place: Fidelis Piano Trio
The Fidelis Trio is a graduate chamber ensemble at the University of Texas at Austin. The goal of Fidelis is to have faith between members, inspiring the trio to name the group Fidelis, meaning faith. The trio believes that in order to proceed in the same direction, one must have confidence in each other and produce a united sound. Moreover, Fidelis Trio hopes to make the public gain faith through our music-making.
Jihee Lim, violin
Eunhie Lim, cello
Yerim Rhee, piano
Anton Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 – I. Allegro moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3 – I. Allegro con brio
String & Piano Category 2nd Place: Wundertrio
Members of the Wundertrio met at the Manchester Music Festival, in Vermont, during the summer of 2017. Right away, they felt a connection to each other and knew they wanted to work together in a long term project. Their plans solidified as they managed to plan a tour in the summer of 2018, where they played concerts in their homelands of Denmark, Canada, and the United States of America. Currently in a “long distance relationship,” two of its members study at the University of Texas at Austin, and the third is at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The trio nonetheless continues to work on its goals of becoming an established ensemble.
Patrice Calixte, violin
Cory Blais, cello
Francesco Barfoed, piano
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49 – II. Andante con moto tranquillo
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67 – III. Largo, IV. Allegretto
Mixed Instrumental Category 1st Place: Seyon Saxophone Quartet
With a mission statement that includes the promotion new music, Seyon Saxophone Quartet has several commissions and premieres to their credit. Additionally, the members of Seyon have won several national and international competitions, including North American Saxophone Alliance and Music Teachers National Association competitions. The ensemble is coached by Dr. Christopher Creviston of Arizona State University.
Dylan Hong, soprano saxophone
Nathan Salazar, alto saxophone
Patrick Feher, tenor saxophone
Kristen Zelenak, baritone saxophone
John Fitz Rogers: Prodigal Child
Clint Bleil: The Jig
Mixed Instrumental Category 2nd Place: Aruna Quartet
The Aruna Quartet formed at Texas Tech University in the Fall of 2015. Aruna has competed twice at The Fischoff National Chamber music competition and was selected as a semifinalist in 2018. The quartet was the MTNA State competition winner in 2017, MTNA division winner in 2018, and a Coltman Chamber Music Competition Finalist in 2018. The Quartet is under the instruction of Professor David Dees and has received additional instruction by Frederick L. Hemke at the Snow Pond Music Festival.
William Pyle, soprano saxophone
Jose Guzman, alto saxophone
Ryan Hill, tenor saxophone
Andrew Schoen, baritone saxophone
Frank Ticheli: Back Burner
William Albright: Fantasy-Etudes – II. Pypes