MARCH 5-6, 2016


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Congratulations to our 2015 Winners!

First Place: Ampere String Quartet


SECOND PLACE: The Rustling Winds   |  THIRD PLACE (tie): Raxe Quartet & Trio in Sii
LEVEL B WINNER: Quartetto Caffeinato

Thank you to all participating ensembles for a wonderful weekend of music-making!

2015 Competition Winners

The audience enjoyed some wonderful playing by all of the Finalists, in the Winners Recital on Sunday, March 15 in the SPCO Center's Music Room. Alison Young of  Classical MPR was the emcee. At the Awards ceremony, she announced the winners:

First Prize, $1,000 and Whitacre medals:  Ampere String Quartet: Sam Richman (violin) age 14; Louisa Byron (violin) age 17; Paul Watkins (viola) age 15; and Eliot Johnson (cello) age 15. Coached by Ray Shows of the Artaria Chamber Music School.

Second Prize, $600 and Top Wind Group Prize, $150: Rustling Winds Quintet: Alexandra Hartlein (flute), 18; Sarrah Bushara (oboe), 16; Miles Broski (clarinet), 18; Emily Green (French horn), 18. Coached by Trudi Anderson of Augsburg College.

Third Prize, $400, was a tie: Raxe String Quartet: David Coltz (violin), 16; Sarah Coltz (violin), 15; Eleni Sophocleus (cello). 16; and Martha Mulcahy (viola), 17, coached by Laura Sewell. Trio in Sii: Vivian Murphy (violin), 16; Kaija Johansson (cello), 15; andPraveen Pallegar (piano), 15, coached by Tom Rosenberg of Opus 1911 Music Studio.

Level B Winner, $100 cash prize: Quartetto Caffeinato, composed of eighth graders: Raef Eddins (violin), 14; David Michaeli(violin), 13; Maggie Liss (viola), 14, and Amelia Podolny (cello), 13, coached by Laura Sewell and Ray Shows.

The playing throughout the competition was uniformly fine. Students ranged in age from 11 to 18 years of age, and they represented 27 different schools and 32 different zip codes in Minnesota, including Waseca, Northfield, Rochester and Austin.

Judges for the Finals were: Elsa Nilsson, violinist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mark Russell Smith, conductor and Artistic Director of Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, and Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet professor at the University of Minnesota.

Judges for the Semifinal round and Level B were: Jonathan Cohen, clarinetist this year with the SPCO; Helen Chang, violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra; and Korey Konkol, professor of viola at the University of Minnesota.

Video round judges were: Daria Adams, violin, with the SPCO; Alicia McQuerrey, flute, with the SPCO, and Mina Fisher, curator of the Bakken Trio. 

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