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Yersinia Quartet

Members of the Yersinia Quartet

Andrew Charnik, a member of the student-organized Arts Enterprise group, and his team were semifinalists in an international business plan competition with a music-recording venture, New Venture Championship. Out of 160 teams worldwide in the quarter-finals, Andrew’s group, ReLive, was one of 20 to make the semis.

Performing Arts Technology student Alex Hug was awarded an API Visionary Scholarship for 2009. The API Visionary Scholarship program is offered by Automated Processes Incorporated to encourage further education in the professional audio arts. Alex wrote an essay on the application and strength of analog audio for producing recordings and submitted one he had done in the Duderstadt Center’s audio studio.

Elizabeth Kelly, graduate student in composition working with Evan Chambers, was awarded the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, which provides recognition and cash awards to gifted young composers of concert music.

Caroline Ross and Nermis Mieses, undergraduate and master’s student in oboe, respectively, both studying with Nancy Ambrose King, participated in the 2009 Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, held at the Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man. As a quarter-finalist, Caroline Ross was invited to perform in a recital featuring distinguished competitors.

Heather Shouldice, master’s student in music education, presented sessions at the 2009 Michigan Music Conference, the 2009 Indiana Music Educators/MENC North Central Division Convention, and the 2009 International Conference for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. She also presented workshops for the Wisconsin Center for Music Education and the Michigan chapter of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.

The Yersinia Saxophone Quartet traveled to the University Notre Dame to compete in the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May. Fischoff, the largest and certainly one of the most prestigious chamber music competitions in the country, invites selected groups through a taped preliminary audition. After three days of competition, the ensemble won the silver medal in the senior wind division, a high honor and the quartet’s most prestigious accomplishment since their genesis in September 2008. Yersinia—Robert Young (soprano sax), Zach Stern (alto sax), Joseph Girard (tenor sax), and Daniel Blumenthal (baritone sax)—are all students of Professor Donald Sinta.