Congratulations to all 2019 Junior Division Ensembles!
Grand Prize and String & Piano Category 1st Place: Arcus Trio
The Arcus Trio’s name is inspired by the shape of an arc, emulating the breadth of distance between the continents from which its members hail, the arc of the trio’s positioning, and the arc of the musical phrases they express together. Arcus members are a part of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s (CIM) Young Artist Program and are coached by Si-Yan Darren Li and Carolyn Warner. In addition, the ensemble has performed in masterclasses given by members of the Emerson and Orion String Quartets as well as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
Célina Béthoux, violin
Kate Huang, cello
Leo Gevisser, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 – I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Anton Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 – I. Allegro moderato
String & Piano Category 2nd Place: Juniper Quartet
The all-female Juniper Quartet was formed at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. The quartet is under the direction of Dr. Brad Smith at the Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas. They were honored to be one of the Houston Young Artist’s Concert Scholarship recipients, and the members have attended camps such as Bowdoin International, Baylor Orchestra, Sewanee, Walnut Hill, and Manhattan in the Mountains. The quartet enjoys playing and working together on musical ideas and the natural intimacies of chamber music.
Angela Goodearl, violin
Alexandra Maynard, violin
Lia Stallmann, viola
Sofia Puccio, cello
Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92 – I. Allegro sostenuto
Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 – I. Animé et très décidé
Mixed Instrumental Category 1st Place: Quantum Quartet
Quantum Quartet was formed in the summer of 2016 in Carrollton, Texas. Members of the group have received many honors, including first prize in the 4th Edition of the ENKOR International Music Chamber Music Competition, selection to participate in the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance High School Saxophone Ensemble, 2nd place at 5th Annual Coltman Chamber Music Competition, various top finishes in the Houston Underground Saxophone Competition (Junior Division and High School Division), Texas All-State Band placement, and more. Quantum Quartet attends Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas.
Bruce Moe, soprano saxophone
Ekdev Rajkitkul, alto saxophone
Austin Dreyer, tenor saxophone
Peyton Joffre, baritone saxophone
Felix Mendelssohn, arr. Bob Eason: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 – III. Capriccio. Andante con moto
David Maslanka: Recitation Book – V. Fanfare/Variations on “Durch Adams Fall”
Mixed Instrumental Category 2nd Place: Legatum Quartet
Legatum means legacy in Latin. All four members have a passion for saxophone ensemble performance, and would like the juniors under them to be inspired and continue this tradition and passion for many years. They have been playing together for roughly 7 months and all enjoy performing the saxophone individually, but realized there were unique blends that could only be produced in a quartet. The members of Legatum Quartet study privately with Kyle Stec, have been members of TMEA All-Region Band, and have moved on to All-Area. Additionally, Legatum Quartet was invited to perform at the 2018 Korean Festival. All quartet members attend Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas.
Sean Lee, soprano saxophone
Thomas Kall, alto saxophone
Ryan Oh, tenor saxophone
Rishikesh Kulkami, baritone saxophone
Guillermo Lago: Cuidades – Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
David Maslanka: Songs for the Coming Day – VIII. The soul is here for its own joy