On Sunday, February 11, 2018, fourteen soloists and four chamber groups participated in the finals of the Semper Pro Musica Solo and Chamber Music Competition in Roxy Grove Hall. This was the last step in a two-round process that began late in the fall 2017 semester and involved almost a quarter of the School of Music’s student population.
A panel of five 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 Annie Burridge (Austin Opera), Thomas Burritt (Percussion, University of Texas), Tali Morgulis (Piano, University of Houston), Brendan Townsend (Music Director, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra), and Charles Villarrubia (Tuba/Euphonium, University of Texas). They announced the student winners during a brief ceremony that concluded a day of high-level music making from each and every competitor.
The six winners of the solo competition were: Maria Dell’Orefice (piano), Emily Monk (cello), Julia Powers (mezzo-soprano), Joey Tkach (trumpet), Ben Quarles (clarinet), and Bryce Turner (percussion). The four chamber groups selected as winners were: Baylor Gold Trumpet Ensemble (Abby Barto, Clare Hogan, Nathan Little, Stephen Spink, Sally Tepper, and Joey Tkach), Camerata Paula (Zerek Dodson, Talia Dugan, and Ben Quarles), BLT Trio (Helena Bandy, Rebekah Lambert, and Sally Tepper), and 3:1 Percussion (Caleb Evans, Ian Houston, David Medina, and Bryce Turner).
The eighteen students named above will travel to New York City on May 23-26 and will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, May 24, 2018, 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 (Jill_Gusukuma@baylor.edu).
The student winner of the Semper Pro Musica Organ Competition will be selected in Jones Concert Hall on Tuesday, March 13. That soloist will perform a recital at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City on Wednesday, May 23, at 8:00 p.m.