Duquesne University Student Ensemble Earns Top Prize
A student ensemble from Duquesne University, coached by Stephen Pollock, adjunct professor of saxophone, won one of the top prizes at the prestigious Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.
The Duquesne University Quadratomic Saxophone Quartet brought home this year’s Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds or Brass, one of only three prizes awarded at the national competition, which took place April 24 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Ca. Members of the group were Xin Gao, soprano sax; Sean Dynan, alto sax; Colette Hall, tenor sax; and Devin DiMauro, baritone sax.
They competed against other musicians from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, UCLA, Rice University, Yale, the University of Missouri and others.
Held annually for the past 64 years, the Coleman Competition draws young chamber musicians from the best music schools, providing them an opportunity to perform before a panel of internationally renowned judges.
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