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Concerto Competition 


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Philosophy of Competition in the Saxophone Studio


“One simple way to find challenges is to enter a competitive situation. Hence the great appeal of all games and sports that pit a person or team against another. In many ways, competition is a quick way of developing complexity: “He who wrestles with us,” wrote Edmund Burke, “strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” The challenges of competition can be stimulating and enjoyable. But when beating the opponent takes precedence in the mind over performing as well as possible, enjoyment tends to disappear. Competition is enjoyable only when it is a means to perfect one’s skills; when it becomes an end in itself, it ceases to be fun.” – From “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Hartt School Paranov Concerto Competition

Hannah Hickman, Creston Concerto, 2023

Max Votolato, Yoshimatsu Cyberbird Concerto, 2022

Derek Granger, Dahl Concerto 2021

Owen Nichols, Tomasi Concerto, 2020

Andrew MacRossie, Dahl Concerto, 2019

Perry Roth, Lennon Symphonic Rhapsody, 2019

Harrison Kliewe, Dahl Concerto, 2017

Shane Rathburn, Mackey Concerto, 2016

Resurgam Quartet (Harrison Kliewe, Maggie Weisensel, Sean Tanguay,

Michael Raposo), Bolcom Concerto Grosso w/ Wind Ensemble, 2016

Elyse Vest, Dahl Concerto, 2015

Alyssa Hoffert, Creston Concerto, 2014

Andrew Barnhart, Ibert Concertino da Camera, 2013

Jeff Hullfish, Yoshimatsu Cyberbird Concerto, 2012

Andrew Studenski, Bolcom Concert Suite, 2012

Ineo Saxophone Quartet (Joseph Abad, Kindall NeSmith, Mallory Kokus,

Andrew Studenski), Bolcom Concerto Grosso w/ Orchestra, 2011

Joseph Abad, Tomasi Concerto, 2011

Joe D’Aleo, Dahl Concerto, 2009

Jeff Welsh, Yoshimatsu Cyberbird Concerto, 2006

Sheri Brown, Dahl Concerto, 2006

Yale Symphony Orchestra William Waite Concerto Competition

Nick DeWalt, Yoshimatsu Cyberbird Concerto, 2018


Boston University Orchestra Concerto Competition

Vito Giacalone, Ibert Concertino da Camera, 2005


Penn State Orchestra Concerto Competition

Madeleine Bala, Glazounov Concerto, 2002

Timothy Powell, Ibert Concertino da Camera, 2002

University of New Mexico Orchestra Concerto Competition

Jonathan Sawyer, Ibert Concertino da Camera, 2001

Megan McGinty, Ibert Concertino da Camera, 1999 

Rob Wilkerson, Ibert Concertino da Camera, 1996

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