Artist Launch winners are headed to Carnegie Hall!

Artist Launch winners are headed to Carnegie Hall!

By UM News

Artist Launch winners are headed to Carnegie Hall!

By UM News
The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami proudly congratulates the stellar student winners of the Inaugural Artist Launch Award Competition.
Deco Saxophone Quartet, Priscila Navarro (piano), Ashley Shalna (soprano), and Antek Olesik (marimba) were chosen via a voting process throughout the competition held Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at UM Gusman Hall in front of a limited capacity in-person student audience and a live stream audience who tuned in via YouTube.

"Congratulations to all of our finalists who participated in our Inaugural Artist Launch Award Competition," stated Valerie Coleman, Artist Launch director, Assistant Professor Performance, Chamber Music, and Entrepreneurship "Each and every one performed exquisitely and are all winners with bright futures ahead of them. However, as in all competitions, the voters have ultimately made the decision. The winners chosen will now officially represent the Frost School as the best and brightest of our classical artists to perform at one of the most prestigious venues in the world, Carnegie Hall. The winning performers are truly deserving of this honor and I look forward to this next milestone in their musical journey."

Seven finalists selected from 28 applicants were chosen to compete in the competition. Each student was given a twelve-minute showcase and was critiqued by an esteemed panel of guest judges, notably: Award-winning pianist alumna Lindsay Garritson (D.M.A. ’20), renowned festival producer Charles Letourneau (Festival Napa Valley, Tokyo’s Mostly Mozart, among others), internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano and Frost School’s 2020-2021 Chamber Music Artist-In-Residence Alicia Hall Moran, and GRAMMY-winning Maestro alumnus Cristian Mãcelaru (B.M. ’03). Judges participated via zoom.

The winning performances were as follows:

Deco Saxophone Quartet
  • Benjamin Morris – soprano saxophone
  • Shengbo Lin – alto saxophone
  • Jacob Bernat – tenor saxophone
  • Noah Brisson – baritone saxophone
Concerto, talien MWV 971                                             Jacob Sebastian Bach
111 Presto
(Measure 187 to the End)                                             Katsuki Tochio
Quatour pour Saxophones                                            Alfred Desenclos
11 Calmo (Measure 1 – 11)
Dance of the Yao Tribes                                                Yuan Mao/Tie Shan Lui/Arr. Manlong Li

Priscila Navarro (piano)
Fantasy in A Minor, BWV 904                                        Johann Sebastian Bach
Danza Negra                                                               Ernesto Lecvona
Embraceable You/I Got Rhythm                                    George Gershwin/Wild

Ashley Shalna (soprano)
Accompanied by Jared Peroune, piano
Dupuis le Jour from Louise                                          Gustave Carpenter
Tu che di gel sei cinta from Turandot                            Giacomo Puccini

Antek Olesik (Marimba)
Merlin for Solo Marimba                                              Andrew Thomas
1 Beyond the Faint Edge of the World
11 Time’s Way