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Trumpeters Win Prizes at National Competition

Trumpet Performance and Jazz Performance Majors Honored in Solo Divisions

NEC Students Are Prize Winners in National Trumpet Competition

Three NEC students have won major prizes in the National Trumpet Competition, held March 14—17, 2013 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Chuan-an Hou ’13 M.M., a native of Tainan City, Taiwan and a trumpet performance major studying with Benjamin Wright, won first prize in the graduate division. Jake Baldwin ’13 a jazz performance major studying with John McNeil, took second prize in the jazz division. And Marcel Oliart, a member of the Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, received third prize in the Junior Division.

Inaugurated in 1992, the annual National Trumpet Competition has provided performing opportunities, master classes, exhibition concerts, historic and commercial exhibits and an educational, supportive environment for nearly 3,000 students. To date, these students have represented 40 states as well six foreign countries. Nearly 100 Artist Faculty members coming from universities and symphony orchestras around the nation donate their time and talents to judge the young players.

Guest artists and clinicians for this year’s competition included Doc Severinsen, Amy Gilreath, Tom Harrell, the Stiletto Brass Quintet, Tromba Mundi, and the US. Navy Concert Band. Also Chris Moore, Joey Tartell, Chuck Lzaarus, Vince DiMartino and Etienne Charles.

For further information, check the NEC Website here and here.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory in Boston, MA offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz, contemporary improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Senior Communications Specialist
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115