North Texas Premiere Solo and Ensemble Competition

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Coppell HS

Solo Entry Fee - $20.00/performer

Ensemble Entry Fee - $10.00/performer

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Flute - Terri Sánchez

Terri Sánchez is currently the Senior Lecturer in Flute at the University of Texas at Arlington and a Miyazawa Performing Artist. Legendary flutist Paula Robison writes, “Sánchez has a beautiful presence as a player, and her sparkling clear sound spins out and fills the air with poetry.” After Sánchez premiered his new work for flute and piano, Archetypes, composer George Chave wrote, “her ability to pull the audience in and take them along for the ride is a true joy. Terri is a musician’s musician.” She performs often as a duo with her husband, pianist Gabriel Sánchez, and also as a member of the Tessitura Trio and FlutAria! Sánchez’s new book, The Aspiring Flutist’s Practice Companion, is scheduled for release in early 2017, published by Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co.  

Sánchez is the founder, faculty advisor, and artistic director of the Maverick Flute Choir, a unique flute ensemble, comprised of UTA flutists, that seeks to engage and inspire audiences with an unconventional fusion of classic, contemporary, original, and collaborative musical works, often fused with a wide variety of other artistic mediums. With her guidance, the Maverick Flute Choir has written and performed two original collaborative works for flute ensemble, Take a Chance and As the Fog Descends Upon Us. In 2016, they premiered their original production, The Princess & The Dragon: A Musical Play for Flute Choir, with music and plot composed by Maverick Flute Choir members and script written by Terri Sánchez.

Dr. Sánchez has given pedagogy presentations that revolve around a positive, creative approach to flute performance at NFA Conventions, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, the San Diego Flute Guild Festival, and many universities. In the spirit of collaboration, she founded Metroplex Flutes, a DFW based group of professional flutists dedicated to inspiring, entertaining and educating audiences. She is also on the faculty of Dallas Metroplex Floot Fire each summer, a week-long summer masterclass for beginner through college flutists. She serves the Texas Flute Society as the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition coordinator and her blog, “The Self-Inspired Flutist,” offers helpful and inspiring strategies for practicing and performing.

Sánchez is a laureate of many national competitions: 1st Prize, National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, 2nd Prize, NFA Young Artist Competition (along with “Best Performance of Newly Commissioned Work”), 1st Prize, San Diego Flute Guild Artist Gold Competition, 2nd Prize, Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, 2nd Prize, Upper Midwest Flute Society Young Artist Competition and Finalist, Walfrid Kujala Piccolo Competition.  She also performed with the SMU Meadows and UNT Symphony Orchestras as a winner of both university concerto competitions. Sánchez performs on a Miyazawa Classic Rose Silver flute.      

Sánchez received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance, with a secondary emphasis in Music Education, from the University of North Texas, where she worked as a Teaching Fellow and Flute Choir conductor. She earned her Master’s degree at Southern Methodist University and her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her past flute instructors include Leticia Ledesma, Helen Blackburn, Jean Larson-Garver, Alexa Still, Kara Kirkendoll Welch, Deborah Baron, Terri Sundberg and Elizabeth McNutt. She is especially grateful to her two mentors, Claire Johnson and Gabriel Sánchez.

Oboe - James Ryon

James Ryon has appeared internationally as recitalist and soloist. Recent performances include the Bach D Minor Concerto with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Orchestra Sinfonica Brasileira and both the Strauss Concerto and the Telemann Concerto for Oboe d'Amore with the UANL Chamber Orchestra in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2011 he was appointed Professor of Oboe at the University of North Texas College of Music and he continues to serve as the Principal Oboist of the Baton Rouge Symphony. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the Juilliard School and received performance fellowships with the Aspen, Berkshire, Blossom, Kneisel Hall and New College Music Festivals. His principal teachers were Robert Bloom and John Mack.

Prof. Ryon has also served as Professor of Oboe at the Louisiana State University and the University of Akron, as well as Principal Oboist with the Akron Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas, and the Orchestra Estadual de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. For 19 years he was a member of the Solaris Quintet in residence at the University of Akron. He has also taught at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory; the University of South Florida, where he was a member of the Ars Nova Quintet; and the Caracas Philharmonic Conservatory, where he was Director of "Musica en las Escuelas", a musical outreach program for the city of Caracas, Venezuela.

Prof. Ryon's interest and research in Brazilian music led him to organize BrazilFest '91 at the University of Akron, perform at various festivals of Brazilian contemporary music, and establish the Burle Marx Brazilian Music Collection at the University of Akron's Bierce Library. In March of 2000 he commissioned and premiered João Guilherme Ripper's "Abertura Concertante" for Oboe, English Horn and Orchestra with the Akron Symphony. Prof. Ryon's CD of 20th Century Brazilian Chamber Music for Oboe, Cello and Piano with the Burle Marx Trio has been released by Jeanné Digital. His two recordings with Solaris may be found on Capstone Records.

With a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts in 2005, Prof. Ryon and the Burle Marx Trio inaugurated the Pelican State Chamber Music Series, a series of 12 concerts in New Roads and Baton Rouge, LA. Prof. Ryon's wide-ranging musical experience includes tours and concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Opera, the Cleveland Ballet, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Ohio Ballet, the Canton Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Bach Aria Group and the British rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Prof. Ryon also holds a degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale Unversity.

Bassoon - TBD

Clarinet - Greg Raden

Gregory Raden, principal clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony since 1999, will join the faculty of SMU Meadows School of the Arts in January 2016 as adjunct associate professor of clarinet. Raden was previously assistant principal of the National Symphony and principal clarinetist of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony. He has been heard as guest principal with the orchestras of Minnesota, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Bergen (Norway) and Saint Paul.

Raden has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, National Symphony, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New York String Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony and Charleston Symphony.

He also appears regularly at the Grand Teton, Newport and Bravo Vail Music Festivals and has performed at the Aspen, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Mimir, Bellingham, Pacific, Evian, Bay Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber Music Festivals. Raden has been heard in performance with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cavani, Enso and Arianna String Quartets.

San Diego Arts said of his performance of Weber’s Clarinet Quintet, “As he played, I was reminded of Mozart traveling out on all those trips of his when he would discover wonderful players and write home to his father about them…Raden is like that. A magician. He makes you wonder how it’s done - how any reed instrument can produce a sound of such beauty and lyricism.” Raden’s playing has been hailed by The Dallas Morning News as “…exquisitely phrased, his playing was of amazing half-lights and subtle shadings of pastels …” and The Washington Post said “Gregory Raden piped sweetly, raptly and with exquisite nuance.”

As an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and Vandoren products, Raden regularly gives recitals, master classes and clinics throughout North America. He has also been on the faculty at George Washington University and the College of Charleston and maintains a private studio in the Dallas area.

Raden began his early studies at the Juilliard School Pre-College with David Weber and then continued with Donald Montanaro at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he graduated in 1994.

Saxophone - Don Fabian

Don Fabian is principal saxophone and soloist with “America’s Premiere Wind Band,” the Dallas Wind Symphony. The Dallas Morning News has praised Fabian’s outstanding virtuosity and musicality, saying “Donald Fabian gave a stunning performance, pulsing with drama and almost unimaginable color.”

Fabian is also the music director and soprano saxophonist with the award-winning Texas Saxophone Quartet. The TSQ was the first saxophone chamber music ensemble to win the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competion in 1987 and was a finalist in New York’s Concert Artist Guild and in Chamber Music Chicago.

A graduate of the Crane School of Music, S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam, New York, he earned his bachelor’s degree in both performance and music education under the tutelage of renowned saxophone pedagogue Dr. James M. Stoltie. His master’s degree was completed in multiple woodwinds and saxophone performance at Michigan State University with saxophone virtuoso James Forger.

A fluid performer in all mediums of saxophone stylings, from the orchestra pit of the Dallas Opera and Dallas Summer Musicals to the stage of the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center, Fabian is an active performer and comprehensive teacher in the musical life of Dallas and its vibrant surrounding communities.

Fabian is presently the Adjunct Associate Professor of Saxophone at Southern Methodist University. He also concurrently holds the position of personnel manager for the Dallas Wind Symphony.

Trumpet - Tom Booth

Tom Booth has been adjunct professor of trumpet at Southern Methodist University since 1978. A noted teacher, he heads the Winds, Brass and Percussion Department, coaches chamber music and is a graduate advisor at SMU. He has been a member of the Dallas Symphony since 1977 and has also taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Prior to moving to Dallas, he served as second trumpet in the San Antonio Symphony from 1975 to 1977. He holds a B.M. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, where he studied with James Darling and Mary Squire, and an M.M. degree from the University of Illinois, where he studied with David Hickman.

Booth can be heard on several recordings of trumpet ensemble literature featuring members of the Dallas Symphony trumpet section, and has twice appeared with them at conventions of the International Trumpet Guild. He has been a presenter at several sessions of the Texas Music Educators Association, including a lecture on the use of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) in private lesson instruction. A certified practitioner of NLP, he regularly conducts classes on its use in teaching for the department of music education at SMU.

During the summers, Booth performs and teaches at the Round Top Music Festival in Round Top, Texas. He currently resides in Sunnyvale, Texas, with his wife Linda. They have three grown children.

Horn - Gregory Hustis

Gregory Hustis, former principal horn (1976-2012) and principal horn emeritus (2012-14) of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is an active conductor, educator and advocate for the arts. He has taught horn for over 30 years at Southern Methodist University, where in 1995 he was presented the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award.

In addition to his presence at SMU, Hustis serves as director of both the Wind Ensemble and the University Orchestra at University of Texas at Dallas. He was also recently appointed music director of the Metropolitan Winds, a professional wind ensemble based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Hustis also serves as artistic director of the Music in the Mountains festival in Durango, Colo., a role he has maintained since 2007.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Mason Jones, Hustis has performed as a concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Abilene Philharmonic, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Florida West Coast Symphony (Sarasota), the Arkansas Symphony, the Latvian Chamber Orchestra, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra (Seattle), the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge), the Hamilton Philharmonic (Ontario), the Wichita Falls Symphony, and, on numerous occasions, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

As a clinician, chamber music player and recitalist, he has been a featured guest artist at the Sarasota Music Festival, Scotia Fest, Round Top, Orford (Québec), Bowdoin (Maine), National Repertory Orchestra, numerous International Horn Society workshops, the Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Lapplands Festspel (Sweden), the Brevard Music Festival (N.C.) and Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colo. Hustis has premiered and recorded many concertos for horn and orchestra, including Joseph Schwantner’s Beyond Autumn, a work commissioned by the International Horn Society. He also premiered and subsequently recorded concertos by Eric Ewazen, Simon Sargon, and Augusta Read Thomas.

Prior to joining the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, he appeared on many occasions with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and was, for four years, principal horn of the Hamilton Philharmonic in Ontario, Canada. He has performed and toured with Summit Brass, and in 1986 performed with Lorin Maazel and the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro.

Besides the scores of orchestral recordings he has made on RCA, Telarc, Hyperion, Dorian, Pro Arte and other labels as principal horn of the Dallas Symphony, Hustis can also be heard as a soloist and chamber music player on various other labels, including Crystal, Gasparo, Klavier, Centaur, Hester Park and Hyperion. He was active in Dallas’s commercial recording industry, where he played countless sessions for film, television and radio.

In addition to his wide-ranging performance schedule, Hustis has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, including those of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, the International Horn Society, the American Horn Competition, Voices of Change, the Blue Candlelight Series, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, and the Dallas Chamber Music Society, where he serves as vice-president. Hustis was also co-founder of TrumCor, a company that manufactures and distributes mutes for brass instruments all over the world.

Trombone - John Kitzman

John Kitzman performed as principal trombonist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1972 to 2015. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1968 with a B.Mus. in Wind Instruments. There, as well as in high school, he studied with Glenn Smith. Kitzman played in the Michigan Band under William D. Revelli, which toured much of the country and recorded on Vanguard Records. He also played in the orchestra, jazz band and many other ensembles, including the Michigan Marching Band.

Kitzman started playing trombone in the fourth grade under the guidance of his father, Richard Kitzman, who was the high school band director in Watseka, Ill. He attended Interlochen Music Camp in 1960, where he met conductor Henry Charles Smith, with whom he intermittently studied during the next eight years. During that time, Kitzman also studied with Allan Chase, who was then principal trombonist of the Detroit Symphony.

Kitzman played two summers in the Detroit Concert Band under Leonard B. Smith, and in 1968 was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Kitzman, Milt Stevens and Francis Hunt shared the Spaulding Award as the Outstanding Instrumentalists of that summer.

The following spring, Kitzman entered the military. He spent three years in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. There he studied with Edward Herman, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic, and Per Brevig, principal trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Upon leaving the service he joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

In 1974, Kitzman joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University. His studio, which typically has between seven and 10 students in both undergraduate and graduate levels, has a strong orchestral orientation with an emphasis on the basics of playing, breathing, tone production, technical development and clef studies in the first semesters. From there, students progress through a series of étude materials, orchestral excerpts and solos. Most of his students prepare for careers in performance; alumni have gone on to become members of numerous symphonies and groups, including U.S. Air Force Band, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Symphony. (Click on the expandable list below to see examples of alumni successes from the Kitzman studio.)

He is an active clinician and has toured with the Summit Brass Ensemble. In 1988, he was a member of the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo. Kitzman has performed on numerous recordings, including the solo recording Trombone Classics, (Crystal Records CD386, 1998) and multiple recordings with the Dallas Symphony, including Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, conducted by Eduardo Mata (RCA, 1983); and Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7, conducted by Jaap van Zweden (2008), among many others.

Kitzman and his wife Diane, a Dallas Symphony violinist, have two children, John and Heather. Kitzman enjoys participating in his favorite non-musical pastime, golf.

Euphonium and Tuba - Don Little

Donald C. Little, Principal Tuba and Cimbasso of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, performs frequently in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with many orchestras and ensembles including the Sundance Brass, Texas Winds Brass Quintet, and UNT Faculty Brass. During summers he performs with the Summit Concert Band and Blue River Brass of Summit County, Colorado. Little has performed and recorded with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony and the German Radio-Symphony Orchestra of Berlin. He is a former member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Colorado Festival Orchestra and York (PA) Symphony. He has also performed with the Chicago, St. Louis, San Antonio, Baltimore, and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestras as well as the Dallas Wind Symphony. He retired from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in 2001 after serving as Principal Tuba there since 1980. Now in his fortieth year of full-time university teaching, Little is Regents Professor of Tuba at the University of North Texas College of Music and was previously a faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa. Former students hold or held teaching and performance positions throughout the world, such as in the Hague Orchestra of Holland, the Orquesta del Principado de Asturias of Spain, the Mississippi Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, Disneyworld, the US Coast Guard Academy Band, the US Navy Band of Washington, DC, and numerous universities and colleges.

Donald Little has been active in the International Tuba Euphonium Association (formerly called TUBA) throughout his career and has served the association in many capacities since 1975 including the offices of President, Past-President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Conference Coordinator and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He presently serves the association as a member of the Honorary Advisory Board.

Mr. Little has transcribed, arranged, edited and/or composed numerous published works for the tuba, euphonium and brass ensembles with Belwin Mills, Southern Music Company, Kagarice Brass Editions and other publishers. His solo and chamber music publications continue to receive thousands of performances annually at professional, faculty and student recitals, contests, competition and other venues throughout the US and the world. A respected pedagogue and low brass specialist, he contributed instructional materials and solo editions for the tuba and euphonium to Belwin Mills', Medalist Band Course and Contemporary Band Course, which includes his text for high school and college tubists ‹ Practical Hints on Playing the Tuba.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Donald grew up on the southern New Jersey seashore in Wildwood Crest where his first tuba teacher was Bernard V. Switzer, Jr., who was also his band director at Wildwood High School. He received his B.M.E. at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with John Melick, and M.M. at Northwestern University where he was a student of Arnold Jacobs. He has also completed further graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music as a student of Cherry Beauregard. Don is married to Laura Bruton, principal violist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. They reside with their family in Argyle, Texas.

Percussion - TBD

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