Many of our audience and orchestra members have wondered what our Young Artists' Competition
participants from previous years are doing now. Here are some of their stories.
Trevor Barroero, percussion
Some of you may remember marimba player Trevor Barroero. He won 1st Place in the Senior Winds & Percussion division in our Young Artists' Competitive -- not once, but twice -- in 2010 and 2012.
Trevor was supposed to perform with us at Reid Park in 2010, but that concert was rained out. He did get to play with us, however, in 2012.
Now a Flinn Scholar at the UA, Trevor recently won the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy's concerto competition. Because of this competition, "Barroero spent a month performing timpani/percussion in British Columbia, first with the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) in Powell River, and then with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute in Whistler. 'During my four weeks in British Columbia, I had the opportunity to collaborate with musicians from around the world to perform masterworks such as Mahler 5, the Rite of Spring, Don Juan, and Shostakovich 5,' said Barroero." Click to read the entire article.
Part of his 1st place win in that competition included an invitation to perform with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra as a guest percussionist and timpanist on December 1, 2016.
On March 22, he gave his Honors Senior Recital, "...in loving memory" at Crowder Hall. This emotion-filled concert was in memory of his father and grandmother. All donations went to support the Alzheimer's Association.
Kip Zimmerman, oboe
In his own words: "My name is Kip Zimmerman and I was a YAC participant.
This past summer I was a member of the National Youth
Orchestra of the United States of America, which performed at
Carnegie Hall before embarking on a seven-concert tour of China under the baton
of Charles Dutoit. Our repertoire included Beethoven’s "Emperor”
Concerto, Berlioz’s 'Symphonie Fantastique,' and the world première of Tan
Dun’s 'Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds.'
"In 2016 I will compete in the Gillet-Fox International
Young Artist Competition for Oboe. I aim to pursue a career as a professional oboist."
"I am grateful to the COT for providing the opportunity to
compete as a young artist. COT has been a valuable stepping stone for me
to get to where I am today."
Kip is now a sophomore majoring in oboe performance at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying under Richard Woodhams, Principal Oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Curtis is a full-scholarship school, meaning that all accepted students attend tuition-free. Because of this, it is the most competitive music school in the world and the hardest school to be accepted into.
In 2016, Kip placed first in the International Double Reed Society's Young Artist Oboe Competition held in Columbus, Georgia.
Kip won 1st place in the Sr. Winds Division of our competition in both 2013 and 2015. He performed the first movement of Vaughan Williams's Concerto for Oboe in May, 2013. He started college as a freshman oboe performance major at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the inaugural recipient of their 'Sher Distinguished Musician Scholarship.'
Reena Debray, flute
In her own words:
"I am a sophomore at Duke University. I am currently a member of the Duke Symphony Orchestra. Since I auditioned for the Civic Orchestra competition, I have participated in the Arizona Allstate Band, the UA High School Honor Wind Quintet, the Duke University Wind Symphony, and the Duke Symphony Orchestra. I am interested in a career in biological research, but I hope to keep playing flute for the rest of my life.
"Thank you for providing the Young Artists' Competition. It was a wonderful way to encourage student musicians."
Reena won 1st Place in Jr. Winds in 2010, tied for 2nd Place in Sr. Winds in 2011, and won 2nd Place in Sr. Winds in 2014.
Jacqueline Rodenbeck, violin
In her own words: "This is Jacqueline Rodenbeck. I am writing you from my email. My mom is helping me to write this email. I am in second grade at Casas Christian School. My favorite subjects are math, reading, and science. I am in an accelerated program so I am taking fourth grade math and reading at seventh grade level. I love it.
"I still take violin classes with Ms. Anna Gendler at the Tucson Symphony Woman Association, and I started to learn piano, I love it. I am also taking a composition class on Saturday's with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra - Young Composers- program.
"I love to swim and to spend time with my one year old baby sister, Sophia. I rock climb in the weekends with my dad. Here are a couple of pictures with my teacher Anna.
"Over the summer, I took violin classes, music theory classes and ensemble at the Tucson Summer Music Program. It was fun.
"I am looking forward to more competitions."Jacqueline tied for 2nd Place in the Jr. Strings Division in 2015. As a first grader, she was one of our youngest competitors.