Revisit the world class saxophone quartet at its new web site: ProjectFusionSQ.com
Congratulations to PROJECT FUSION and KENARI QUARTET for their success at Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition!
Out of 48 competing ensembles from across the nation and around the world, the Omer Quartet has won the coveted Grand Prize of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition ($7,500.00) and the Gold Medal ($3,500.00) in the Senior String Division. The Project Fusion captured the Gold Medal ($3,500.00) in the Senior Wind Division. In addition to prize money, both ensembles will participate in a Winner's Tour of the Midwestern United States this fall, and the Omer Quartet will perform several concerts in the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy in 2014. Omer Quartet members Mason Yu (violin), Erica Tursi (violin), Joseph Locicero (viola) and Alexander Cox (cello) currently study at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. Project Fusion members Dannel Espinoza (soprano saxophone), Matt Amedio (alto saxophone), Michael Sawzin (tenor saxophone) and Matt Evans (baritone saxophone), currently study at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York.
Just published in CMA:
"Juilliard has named the 2013 Fischoff Educators Award-winning Aeolus Quartet its new graduate resident quartet. Members of the quartet will teach during Juilliard’s 2013-2014 academic year and perform the annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital during the 2013-14 season."
With their stunning performance at the Finals Concert, Project Fusion saxophone quartet from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY) claimed the Grand Prize at the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition yesterday at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia.
Our audience agreed with the result: Project Fusion had more than twice as many votes than other groups combined together.
The other prize winners were:
$5000 Dr. David & Nancy Bedan Grand Prize - Project Fusion (saxophone quartet)
$2000 Odyssey Chamber Music Series in the memory of Dr. Harry Berrier First Prize in Piano & Strings - Altius Quartet (string quartet)
$2000 Georgia Morehouse in the memory of Dr. Larry Morehouse First Prize in Winds, Brass & Percussion - Kenari Quartet (saxophone quartet)
$500 Dr. Edward and Judith Chmielewski Honorable Mention - Orava String Quartet
$500 Anonymous Donor in Honor of Odyssey Musicians - Nautilus Brass Quintet
Hugo Vianello Audience Prize - Project Fusion (saxophone quartet)
Judges Special Recognition - Trio Artica (pn trio), The Fawn Trio (pn-fl-cl), Khrysos Saxophone Quartet
A story behind how Plowman began in 2006. Only 3 days from the competition!
[CLICK HERE] I am also able to now confirm that this Plowman Competition is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Harry Berrier.
Behind the Scenes: PROFILE - The Multi-Talented 2013 Plowman Volunteer Co-Coordinator, Robin Anderson
Tony Hernandez (L) and Robin Anderson (R). Courtesy of Greg Kendall-Ball at MISSOURIAN.
Read ALL about her, here!http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/158310/music-teacher-jumps-through-hoops-to-teach-students-piano-and-voice/
...It is with great sadness to learn the passing of Dr. Harry Berrier tonight. He and his wife Lina have been prominent supporter of music in Columbia, particularly Missouri Symphony Society and Plowman, for which they have donated one of the top awards for 5 years. Rest in peace, Harry. If you would like express your condolence and thank Lina for all that they did for Plowman and Columbia, please write via First Baptist Church at 1112 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65201.
The Preliminary Judges thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the DVD and CD recordings of ensembles that applied to the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and I would like to personally congratulate you on your accomplishment. While I would like to be able to invite everyone to Columbia, Plowman is a competition with limited resources and time.
There were 29 applications this year, of which 15 ensembles are invited to move forward to the Semi-Finals. It was a very, very difficult decision, and the judges conferred for hours last night.
The types of ensembles that applied this year were 9 saxophone quartets (!!), 5 woodwind quintets, 5 string quartets, 5 piano trios (pn-vn-vc), 3 piano trios (others), a brass quintet and a string trio.
The level was exceptionally high - but, looking back to the past competitions, Plowman has always been impressive. Perhaps the excitement this year also comes from the fact that this was the first time we accepted DVD recordings and kept CD as an optional format - and the performers' body language, if appropriate to the music, can be extremely powerful.
Semi-Finalist Ensembles have been contacted, and once their participation is confirmed (sometime after March 10), I will post the instrumentation of the ensembles we will be hearing LIVE in Columbia!
Plowman Preliminary Auditions are DONE. Enjoyed every minute of watching and/or listening to 29 DVDs/CDs. Result will be sent to respective ensemble representatives by tomorrow (Friday)!
If you have not been contacted with the confirmation that we have received your application, we are very sorry but we are officially now closing the application acceptance. If we receive your application sometime this week (we have been hit with another snow storm today, and it looks like snow will continue through tomorrow - i.e. office is closed), I will make sure your application fee is returned to you. We regret the rest of the materials will not be returned.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via web site. Unfortunately our Internet has been out of service since late last night, and am not certain when it will be back. Your patience is much appreciated!
Ayako Tsuruta, Artistic Director