The wind quintet WindSync, gold medalists in the 2016 Fischoff Competition Senior Wind Division and winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, now features three Eastman musicians: Julian Hernandez, clarinet (current DMA student); Kara LaMoure, bassoon (BM ’10); and Emily Tsai, oboe (BM, BS’11.) Windsync performs at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in August 2018 and has been named Texas Touring Roster Artists by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
The Fuego Saxophone Quartet (Nicki Roman, Erik Elmgren, Harrison Clarke, Gabriel Piqué) received a Gold Medal in the 44th Annual Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in May 2017. They won the Senior Winds Division and are coached by Chien-Kwan Lin. This capped off many awards for the quartet in 2017: First Prize in the Brass, Winds, and Percussion Division at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition; First Prize in the 198th Army Band College Chamber Music Competition; and Second Prize in the National MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Chamber Music Competition.
The Windsor Trio (Devin Camp (violin), Brandon Xu (cello), Evan Ritter (piano) was awarded first place in the String/Piano Division of the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition in Baltimore in April 2017. The trio is coached by Elinor Freer and David Ying.
In the New York State Woodwind Chamber Music Division of MTNA, the Highland Saxophone Quartet won Second Prize (Lauritz Eller, Ye Wang, Stephanie Venturino, and Khanh Nguyen). This group is also coached by Chien-Kwan Lin.
Summer 2016: Eastman graduate flutist Emlyn Johnson (BM ’08, DMA ’15) designed and directed Music in the American Wild, a touring festival of concerts that celebrated the centenary of the National Parks Service. Seven performers and eleven composers, all Eastman alumni or faculty, toured national parks in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, this summer and presented newly composed chamber music that captured the spirit of the great outdoors. Working together with Johnson was current DMA cellist Daniel Ketter. Both Ketter and Johnson are alums of the ESM Graduate Chamber Music Seminar, and their self-designed project was supported by an “America Works” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.