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Congratulations to the following WPID Students and Recent Graduates

Two UM euphonium/tuba quartets (graduate "Maize ’n Blue" and undergraduate “Tron Quartet” were selected by recordings to be among the ten semifinalists at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference Quartet Competition in June that will take place in Linz, Austria. Four members of these groups were also chosen by separately submitted recordings as semifinalists for the Solo Competitions (Artist Divisions) that will take place at the ITEC: junior Chris Plaskota and MM student Mike Vecchio, euphoniums, and senior Charles Mann and DMA student Phillip Bloomer, tubas.

Chris Albrecht - (MM Trumpet) Advanced to the NTC Semi Final round in Washington D.C.



Jeff Barudin - (DMA 2010 Percussion) - Professor of Percussion, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

Greg Battista - (Winds C 2009 Euphonium) won the job in the euphonium section of the Naval Academy Band. He’ll be joining Travis Siehndel (MM tuba performance, 2004) in the Naval Academy Band.

Justin Benavidez - (Tuba) Was awarded the tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Alaina Bercilla (MM 2008 Flute) 2nd Flute/ piccolo, Spokane Symphony (WA)

Matt Bloomfield – (Senior Trumpet) Advanced to the NTC Semi Final round in Washington D.C.
Finalist for the Third Trumpet with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

Melissa Bosma - (Oboe) Was appointed instructor of oboe at Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, OH.

Joe Brown – (MM Trumpet) Advanced to the NTC Semi Final round in Washington D.C.
Advanced to the Semi Final round of the San Francisco Symphony audition for Third Trumpet.
Won the Third Trumpet position with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Won the Third Trumpet position in the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Brown - (BM 2005 Bass Trombone) Won the Navy Band Bass Trombone Audition.

Frieda Chan (MM 2003 Flute) piccoloist, Coeur D'Alene Symphony and Washington Idaho Symphony.

Ryan Chen - (MM Euphonium) Won the 2012 International Womens' Brass Conference Solo Euphonium Competition (19-28 year-old division) and placed third overall in the general brass competition. Won the Falcone Solo Euphonium Competition, Student Division.  

Katherine Cosgrove - (MM Trumpet) Won 2nd Trumpet in the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

Thomas Crespo - (Bassoon) both attended the Aspen Music Festival this past summer.

Nicole Esposito (MM 2003 Flute), Assistant Professor of Flute, University of Iowa

EuFouria Trombone Quartet - Co-winners of the National Quartet Competition hosted by the Eastern Trombone Workshop.

They presented a split recital at the 2011 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C.  

EuFouria is also the only American quartet to advance to the final round of the 2011 International Trombone Quartet Competition, hosted by the International Trombone Association. As one of three finalists, they performed this Summer at the International Trombone Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

The members of the quartet are James Ginn (BM 2011Trombone), Christopher Hernacki (BM 2011 Trombone), James Layfield (DMA 2012) and Patrick Montgomery (BM 2011 Trombone).

Sarah Frisof (DMA 2009 Flute) Prof. of Flute Univ. of Texas at Arlington; Semi-finalist 2009 Kobe Competition in Japan; 2nd Prize, 2008 NFA Young Artist Competition

Daniel Goldblum - (BM 2013 Bassoon) has been accepted to study at the IES Abroad Vienna Music Program in Vienna, Austria for the Winter 2012 term.

Christian Green - (BM 2013 Bassoon) attended the 2011 Aspen Music Festival this past summer.

Paula Guro - (Junior Trumpet) Finalist for the Third Trumpet with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher Hernacki (BM 2011 Bass Trombone) Won the Bass Trombone Position in the Symphony Silicon Valley (formaly San Jose Symphony). Winner of the 2011 Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Solo Competition hosted by the International Trombone Association. Mr. Hernacki is pursuing graduate work at San Francisco Conservatory and has become a regular sub with the San Francisco Symphony.

James Layfield - (DMA Trombone) Won Second Trombone in the Saginaw Bay Symphony.

Drew Leslie - (BM 2001) Won the position of Assistant Professor of Trombone at Appalacian State University.

Matt Lyon - (BM 2008 Tuba) Hired as Assistant Professor of tuba/euphonium at Ball State University. He replaces the retiring Mark Mordue (DMA tuba performance 1994).

Sabrina Ma - (BM 2007 Percussion) - First prize 2010 classic marimba league international competition.

Mira Magrill (MM 2011 Flute) Principal Flute, Young Musician's Debut Orchestra, Los Angeles (CA)

Adrienne Malley - (Oboe) Appeared as a soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #1 with the San Francisco Symphony oboe section and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA.

Christine Massey - (Oboe) Performed with Los Angeles Philharmonic on English horn.

Nermis Mieses - (Oboe) Was appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY and also won the Principal Oboe Audition, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, Detroit, MI.

Fritz McGirr - (BM 2010 Percussion) - Finalist, Blue Man Group auditions.

Neeraj Mehta - (DMA Percussion) 2010 tour of Midwest with Danish multiple percussion repertoire: 10 Universities.

Garrett Mendelow - (Junior Percussion) - Semifinalist, 2010 Tromp International Percussion Competition.

Graham Middleton - (MM 2009 Trombone) Won Principal Trombone in the Cleveland Opera.

Patrick Montgomery (BM 2011 Trombone) was a finalist in the 2011 Robert Marstellar Competition hosted by the 2011 International Trombone Association. As one of three finalists, hel performed at the International Trombone Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Montgomery is now working on graduate studies at the Curtis Intitute.

Ilan Morgenstern - (MM 2008 Bass Trombone) Won the Bass Trombone Position with the Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Morgenstern was a featured soloist with the United States Army Orchestra. He performed Thom Ritter George’s Concerto for Bass Trombone as a guest artists of the 2011 Eastern Trombone Workshop.

Mr. Morgenstern is Principal Bass Trombone with the San Antonio Symphony and former Principal Bass Trombone with the and the Kansas City Symphony and the Jacksonville Philharmonic.

Seth Morris - (DMA 2012 Flute ) Won TWO positions -
Principal Flute of Houston Grand Opera and Principal Flute of Houston Ballet.

Joseph Munoz - (BM 2009 Trombone) Won the 2nd Trombone position with the Tucson Symphony. Mr. Munoz was also a finalist in the 2011 ITA Van Haney Competition and winner of the Trombone Fellowship position to the 2010 Aspen Music Festival.

Jon Ney - (Senior Trumpet) Finalist for the Third Trumpet with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

Joe Nibley - (MM Trumpet) Advanced to the NTC Semi Final round in Washington D.C.



Mary Ouzounian - (BM in Music Education 2014 Bassoon) worked at the Interlochen Arts Academy during the summer 2011 term.

Quadraphonic Trombone Quartet - Advanced to the final round of the International Trombone Association Quartet Competition. They played the final round at the 2010 International Trombone Festival in Austin, Texas.
The members of the quartet were James Ginn (BM 2011), Christopher Hernacki (BM 2011), Alex Truelove (BM 2010), and Michael Steiger (BM 2010).

Ryan Reynolds  - (Bassoon) and the Akropolis Reed Quintet were first prize winners in the 2011 national MTNA Performance Competition and the Plowman Competition. Other members of the quintet include Timothy Gocklin, oboe, Kari Dion, clarinet, Matthew Landry, saxophone and Andrew Koeppe, bass clarinet. As part of their MTNA award, they performed at the organization's Michigan conference on October 16, 2011. Ryan Reynolds is also the recipient of the University of Michigan Band Alumni Scholarship.

Eric Rutherford - (DMA 2013 Bassoon) performed at theThy Master Class Chamber Music Festival in Snedsted, Denmark.

Steve Sanchez (MM 2008 Clarinet) won the bass clarinet audition for the San Francisco Symphony.

Elise Shope (BM 2009 Flute) won the Second Flute Position in the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Neil Sisauyhoat - (DMA09 Percussion) - Adjunct Instructor of Percussion, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ben Smolen - (Specialist Flute 2011) Won the Principal Flute position with the Pacific Symphony in California under former

U of M conductor Carl St. Clair. Advanced to the final 8 players from 56 invited flutists for the Second Flute position in the Boston Symphony.

Michael Steiger - (BM 2010 Trombone) Recently subbed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Steiger is Second Trombone in the Lansing Symphony and Second Trombonist of the Wheeling Symphony.

Kelly Sulick (BM 2004 Flute) Asst. Prof. Univ. of VA and Principal Flute Charlottesville Symphony

Ian Sullivan - (BM10 Percussion) - Charles Owen Fellowship at Aspen Music School, 2010 Pacific Festival, MM scholarship, The Juilliard School.

Aryn Sweeney - (Oboe) Won the Principal Oboe Audition, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington, KY.

Mimi Tachouet (BM 2006 Flute) Won the coveted position of Principal Flute of Chicago Lyric Opera.

Emmanuel Toledo – (MM 2010) Principal Clarinet in the Lansing Symphony. The Second Clarinet position was won by two current students, Amanda Witt and Lewis Gilmore, who will split this season.

Kaycee Ware Thomas - (Oboe) Was appointed instructor of oboe at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI.

Xavier Verna - (BM 2010 Percussion) - 2009 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship, Semifinals, Atlanta Snare Drum Competition.

Katherine Weintraub - (MM Saxophone) Winner of UofM M Graduate Concerto Competition. She will perform Villa Lobos" Fantasia" with UPO on Saturday, February 5, at 8:oopm.

Brian Winegardner - (BM 2005 MM 2007 Trumpet) Advanced to the final 4 in the Seattle Symphony Assistant Principal Trumpet Audition.

Robert Young - (DMA 2010 Saxophone) Accepts a teaching position at Kansas State University.

 

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