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From left to right: Mark Harrison, Samuel Lana, Caleb Burkhardt and Kyle Kidwell.

From left to right: Mark Harrison, Samuel Lana, Caleb Burkhardt and Kyle Kidwell.

Undergraduate Saxophone Quartet Advances in MTNA Competition

The Torrential Saxophone Quartet has advanced to the regional round of the Music Teachers National Association's (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition.

The Quartet – which is comprised of CCM students Mark Harrison, Caleb Burkhardt, Samuel Lana and Kyle Kidwell – is the winner of and state representative for the Ohio Chapter of the MTNA competition.

Under the direction and coaching of new Guest Master Teacher Nathan Nabb, the Quartet competed on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the state MTNA conference held at Bowling Green State University. Their performance included a wide variety of styles and musical periods, including long-established pieces by Gabriel Pierné and J. S. Bach, recent works by famed composers David Maslanka and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, and challenging recent compositions by Gregory Wanamaker and Guillermo Lago.

"I am really proud of the work the guys in Torrential have done so far this semester, and am happy to be able to work with them," says Nabb. "Mark, Caleb, Sam and Kyle have all contributed a great deal to the group, and are all very deserving of this success, which is the first of its kind for the saxophone studio at CCM. Between the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference and other chamber competitions, the 2015-16 school year will prove to be great for this terrific group."
The Torrential Saxophone Quartet.

The Torrential Saxophone Quartet.

To prepare for the competition, the Torrential Quartet held a full recital featuring these works on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in CCM’s Watson Recital Hall. The group gave a performance that was extremely well received by the near-capacity crowd.

The group will now move on to the East Central Division Competition, which will take place January 15–16, 2016, at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. Should the ensemble win this Division Competition, they will advance to the MTNA National Finals to be held on April 2, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas.

Please join us in congratulating the Torrential Quartet and wishing them the best of luck as they represent CCM!

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