Frost Student Jason Donnelly Named Winner of 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition

Frost Student Jason Donnelly Named Winner of 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition

By UM News

Frost Student Jason Donnelly Named Winner of 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition

By UM News
Another #FrostBuilt! Success Story! Associate Professor Aaron Tindall’s Student, has been selected as a winner of the 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artist (YYPA) Competition presented by Yamaha Corporation of America.
We are pleased to announce Jason Donnelly a current Bachelor of Music student studying euphonium and bass trombone under esteemed faculty member Dr. Aaron Tindall, has been selected as a winner of the 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artist (YYPA) Competition presented by Yamaha Corporation of America. The YYPA Competition recognizes outstanding young musicians studying in the United States who excel in jazz, classical and contemporary genres. Donnelly is one of only eleven musicians selected nationwide to earn this distinction. Each will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend, June 20-23, 2020, which will take place during the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, to be held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, from June 20-27, 2020.
 
Dr. Aaron Tindall stated:   “Jason Donnelly is one of the most talented young brass players on the scene today, and this outstanding award acknowledges just that. He plays consistently very well and always with a sound that is mature beyond his years, controlled technique, and a sensational sense of phrasing that is always appropriate based on the genre he is immersed in. We are very proud of Jason here at Frost, and excited to see his hard work pay off again with another competition win.”
 
“Studying at Frost has granted me the privilege of working with incredibly talented musicians and educators, as well has allowed me a vast array of experiences that have helped make me a much more well-rounded musician,” states Jason.  “Suffice it to say that I would not be where I am today had I not chosen to attend Frost and learn from such a great environment.”
 
 Donnelly has been honored at numerous competitions throughout his young and budding career. He won first place in solo artist competitions at the International Euphonium Tuba Festival and Southeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, as well as a prizewinner in euphonium artist competitions at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the Leonard Falcone Festival and the Jefferson Symphony’s Young Artist Contest. Over the years, Donnelly has performed in masterclasses with several internationally-renowned artists including Dr. David Thornton, Dr. Demondrae Thurman, and Sir James Galway. He has played bass trombone and euphonium with the Palm Beach Symphony, the Florida Grand Opera, the New World Symphony and the Eastern Festival Orchestra at the Eastern Music Festival.
 
Donnelly joins more than 300 talented musicians who have been recognized by the program over the last 32 years. Many have established successful music careers, both as performers and educators, including Ivy Ringel, principal bassoonist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Paul Cornish, keyboardist with Kanye West; Alexa Tarantino, New York saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and Yamaha Performing Artist; Carol Jantsch, principal tubist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yamaha Performing Artist; and Stephen Page, associate professor of saxophone at the University of Texas at Austin.