Junior violin performance major Ben Ehrmantraut (left), won the top prize at the 2015 North Dakota MTNA Young Artist Competition at Valley City State University and will continue on to the West Central Division Competition January 8-10 at Wichita State University. Sophomore, Michael Abramyan (right), also received the Honorable Mention prize. Concordia alumnus, pianist Kurt Haag, accompanied them for the event. Both are students of Sonja Harasim.
Concordia College Student Brass Quintet invited to study and perform in Germany
Concordia College sophomore music majors (from left to right) Jake Schmitz, trumpet, Elizabeth Hiller, horn, Jake Pavia, tuba, Miles Otstot, trumpet, and Jonathan Sutton, trombone, have been awarded a stipend by the Franconian Regional Government in Northern Bavaria, Germany to attend the 15th annual Haus Marteau Brass Institute and Frankenwald Brass Festival, an intensive course and preparatory program, which takes place in early August and culminates with multiple performances in The Frankenwald Brass Festival. The weeklong course and festival is hosted and led by Rekkenze Brass, one of Germany’s leading professional brass quintets and administered by the Franconian Regional Government.
Concordia College trumpet professor Peter Knudsvig, a longtime member of Rekkenze Brass, co-directs the course/festival together with his colleagues in Rekkenze. Participants from across Germany and the globe meet for one week each year in early August to study and perform music amidst the beautiful setting of the Villa Marteau, in Lichtenberg, Germany. Haus Marteau is a Jugend Styl vial built in the early 1900s by world famous concert violinist Henrí Marteau, who used it as a retreat from the rigours of solo concertising. The dates for next year’s course/festival are from Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 10.
Nat Dickey, trombone professor at Concordia College, has also been invited to attend as a guest artist/instructor. He will accompany the students to Germany. The brass course and festival has been host to music students and professionals from many of America’s and Europe’s leading music schools and universities. Next August’s course marks the first time a student group from Concordia College has been invited to perform.
For tenor Kyle Stengel '17, a highlight of The Concordia Choir's spring tour of the Southwest is performing the folk music section of the program.
Ready to Teach
Now immersed in student teaching, Isaac McMahon ’17 is happy to discover he loves teaching.