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2017 Semper Pro Musica Competition Winners

The Semper Pro Musica Solo and Chamber Music Competition is held annually in the School of Music at Baylor University. In September of 2015, during his first semester as dean, Gary Mortenson developed the conceptual framework for Semper Pro Musica. The goal of the competitions is to identify the top talent in the school through two rounds of competition and to present a winners’ recital at a significant external venue to the school. Approximately 60 students participated in the 2015-16 competition. On Thursday, May 26, 2016 the solo and chamber winners were presented in recital at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. More than 90 students participated in the First Round of the 2016-17 competition. The Final Round was held on February 12, 2017. The judges for the 2017 finals included Bradley Moore (Music Director for the Houston Grand Opera Studio), John Owings (Professor and Division Chair of Piano at Texas Christian University), and Mary Ellen Poole (Director - School of Music, University of Texas). The winners who advanced through the Final Round were presented in recital at Weill Recital Hall in the Carnegie Hall complex on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

The 2018 Semper Pro Musica Solo and Chamber Music Competition will include three competitions to include a solo competition, chamber music competition, and organ competition. The winners of the solo and chamber music competition will be presented at Weill Recital Hall in NYC on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 8:00 pm. The winner of the organ competition will present a half recital at a prominent church, in close proximity to Carnegie Hall, on May 23rd or May 25th. Dr. Isabelle Demers, associate professor of organ in the School of Music will present the other half of the organ recital. Specifics of date, time and location of the organ recital will be updated when available.

Semper Pro Winners 2017_SoloWinners of the 2017 Semper Pro Musica Competition - Solo Division
Pictured left to right: David Medina, percussion; Yera Kim, piano; Spencer Sosnowski, saxophone;
Casey Klopp, mezzo-soprano; Ricardo Gómez, violin


Semper Pro Winners 2017_ChamberWinners of the 2017 Semper Pro Musica Competition - Chamber Division
Pictured left to right: Mitchell Brackett, baritone saxophone; Mollie McInnis, tenor saxophone;
Patrick Lenz, alto saxophone; Spencer Sosnowski, soprano saxophone; Zachary Barba, tenor;
Sara Steele, piano; Stephen Buley, horn; Ricardo Gómez, violin; Molly Hines, violin;
William Danheim, cello; Josuha Thaver, viola