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MPSOM Wins at Concert Society Auditions

Students, faculty, and alumni of the Mary Pappert School of Music recently won three out of six top positions at the annual Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions.

The Pittsburgh Concert Society (PCS) holds annual auditions to provide recital performance opportunities and financial support to highly-qualified local musicians. Each applicant was expected to perform approximately one half-hour of music, including at least one work by an American composer. Now in its 75th season, this year's Major Auditions were held on April 20-21. Harvey Felder, Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Connecticut served as adjudicator.

James Burns (M.M. Sacred Music, 2015) and Anoush Tchakarian (Adjunct Professor of Piano; A.D., 2006; M.M., 2004) auditioned as a piano duo, performing Poulenc's Sonata for Piano Four Hands, Schubert's Fantasy in F Minor for Piano Four Hands, and the first movement of Corigliano's Gazebo Dances for Piano Four Hands. The duo has performed together in recent years and was highlighted in a recent MPSOM news story.

The Besozzi Trio, coached by faculty member Jim Houlik and comprised of current students Daniel Muller (M.M. Performance) and Xiang Ji (Artist Diploma), along with alumna Hyun Joo Park (A.D., 2017) auditioned with repertoire for saxophones and piano including: Nagao's Paganini Lost, Jacobi's Barcarole, Shaffer's Jack-in-the-Box and Schocker's Three Dances for Two Saxes. The trio is also a quarterfinalist in the upcoming Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and will be competing at Notre Dame this May.

John Alan Rose (M.M. Performance), a student of David Allen Wehr, also won the audition with Bach's Partita #1 in B-Flat Major, Liszt's Mephisto Waltz, and his own composition, Sleepy Hollow Suite.

Upon receiving the news that the Mary Pappert School of Music was so well-represented at this competition, Associate Dean, Stephen Benham remarked, "We are incredibly proud of these students and the work that they have done to achieve at this high level. It's a credit to them and to the outstanding faculty at our school our students won half of the available prizes."

The six winners will share a total of three recitals, each getting a half of their own to perform. Dates of these recitals have yet to be released, but details will be made available at pittsburghconcertsociety.org as information is finalized.

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