2017 Semper Pro Musica Competition Winners

Semper Pro Winners 2017Winners of the 2017 Semper Pro Musica Solo and Chamber Music Competition
Front row, left to right: Ricardo Gómez, Yera Kim, David Medina, Casey Klopp, Spencer Sosnowski;
Back row, left to right: Molly Hines, William Danheim, Joshua Thaver, Zachary Barba, Sara Steele, Stephen Buley, Mitchell Brackett, Mollie McInnis, Patrick Lenz.


On Sunday, February 12, 2017, fifteen soloists and four chamber groups participated in the finals of the Semper Pro Musica Solo and Chamber Music Competition in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This was the last step in a two-round process that began late in the fall 2016 semester and involved 25% of the School of Music’s student population.

A panel of three external judges began hearing solo finalists at 1:00 p.m. and opened their deliberations after the conclusion of the chamber music finals at 6:00 p.m. Judges for the finals were Bradley Moore (Houston Grand Opera), John Owings (Texas Christian University), and Mary Ellen Poole (The University of Texas at Austin). They announced the student winners during a brief ceremony that concluded a day of high-level music making from each and every competitor.

The five winners of the solo competition were: Ricardo Gómez (violin), Yera Kim (piano), Casey Klopp (mezzo-soprano), David Medina (percussion), and Spencer Sosnowski (saxophone). The three chamber groups selected as winners were: a trio composed of Zachary Barba (tenor voice), Stephen Buley (horn), and Sara Steele (piano); the Morpheme Saxophone Quartet, with members Spencer Sosnowski (soprano sax), Patrick Lenz (alto sax), Mollie McInnis (tenor sax), and Mitchell Brackett (baritone sax); and the Ursino String Quartet, with members Ricardo Gómez and Molly Hines (violin), Joshua Thaver (viola), and William Danheim (cello).

The fourteen students named above will travel to New York City on May 24-27 and will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this concert are available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office or through the Baylor University School of Music by contacting Jillian Gusukuma (