Monday, December 18, 2017

Trumpet student joins Glenn Miller Orchestra as co-principal

Congratulations to Matt Gates, senior trumpet major and student of Dr. Rob Murray, who has won the audition for the split lead trumpet position with the internationally renowned touring big band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He will be joining the band on January 10 and in the next year will be part of their international tour to Japan as well as their busy schedule in the US. Congratulations also to Dr. Kevin Whalen, Director of Jazz Studies, for his mentorship and guidance with Matt in the Schwob Jazz Orchestra!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Violinist Wins Georgia Philharmonic Competition

Virtuoso violinist wins award at Young Artists’ Competition


ROSWELL, GA: The Schwob School of Music had one student take home a top award from the annual Georgia Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition, one of the largest young artists’ competitions in the South.
          Woodruff scholar violinist Samuel Vargas was the winner of the Samuel Fordis Young Artists’ Concerto Competition in the Virtuoso category. As a winner, Samuel will perform the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Georgia Philharmonic on Feb. 17, 2018, in Atlanta. Vargas is an undergraduate student of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, The William B. And Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Chair in Violin.
The Georgia Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition was named in honor of former concertmaster Samuel Fordis and invites the next generation of musicians to establish themselves in musical history. In the February concert, several young musicians will be featured from states all over the southeast.

Student Composers Win in Two Competitions

Benjamin Horne and Zachary McDonald, students of Dr. James Ogburn, received first prize for their compositions in two recent competitions.

Ben's piece for trombone ensemble, Gladiator, won first prize in the Texas Tech Trombone Ensemble Composition Contest. It will be premiered at TTU with Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony as soloist.

Zack's piece, They Say Change Is Good But I Don't Like It, won first place in the MTNA Southern Division competition, having been selected as Georgia winner earlier this fall. He will represent the nine southeastern states at the national competition in January.

Congratulations to all!

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