UNCSA Student Wind Quintet Wins MTNA Southern Region Competition

The Halcyon Wind Quintet, a chamber ensemble I coach at UNCSA won the MTNA Southern Regional Competition last weekend in Mobile, Alabama after winning the North Carolina State competition in October. They now move on to the national competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 20th. Read the press release below.

WINSTON-SALEM – A University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) student chamber music ensemble won the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Performance Southern Region Competition this past weekend.

The Halcyon Wind Quintet performed Quintets for Winds by composers Carl Neilsen and Elliot Carter. The group was praised by judges for its “elegant musicality, dynamic range, and excellent intonation.”

The quintet now advances to the MTNA Chamber Music National Finals, to be held in Albuquerque, N.M., at the MTNA National Conference, on March 20. The national winner of this competition receives a cash prize and will perform in a Winners Concert during the conference.

The MTNA Chamber Music Performance Southern Region Competition, held in Birmingham, Ala., brought together the top collegiate chamber groups from the eight states that make up the Southern Region. The Halcyon Winds won the North Carolina competition in October 2009 to advance to regional competition in Alabama.

The Halcyon Wind Quintet was established in September 2008 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of former clarinet teacher Igor Begelman. They gave their first ensemble recital in May 2009 and are frequent recitalists, performing in schools as part of community outreach, and in venues throughout North Carolina.

The ensemble is currently under the tutelage of Saxton Rose, UNCSA School of Music artist-faculty member in bassoon.

The Halcyon Wind Quintet includes the following student artists:

  • Erika Boysen, flute, a college senior from Des Moines, Iowa
  • Michael Dwinell, oboe, a college junior from Asheville, N.C.
  • Allison Bates, clarinet, a college junior from Winston-Salem
  • Kristen Goguen, bassoon, a Professional Artist Certificate candidate from Lexington, Ky.
  • Gretchen Wetherald, horn, a Master of Music candidate from Cincinnati, Ohio

Also at the MTNA Southern Region Competition, UNCSA School of Music student Ben Robinette, saxophone, won the title of First Alternate in the MTNA Young Artist Performance Woodwind Division. He is a first-year graduate student from Burke, Va.

The Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization composed of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest professional music association in the United States.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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