Winner

Studio sweeps Commencement Bay solo and ensemble competition

Congratulations to Eliza Block, Andrew Murphy, and Jacob Shaffer for coming in first, second and third in the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest; the studio sweeps once again.

2012

Eliza Block accepted to both Oberlin and St. Olaf, among others; time to make a decision!
Eliza Block wins the Tacoma Youth Symphony concerto competition with the first movement of the trumpet concerto by JN Hummel. Congratulations Eliza!

2010

Kelby Hawthorn won the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition performing the concerto by Alexandra Pakhmutova. Eliza Block took second alternate. Congrats to both of you on excellent performances.

2009

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Peter Nelson-King wins the Puget Sound Concerto Competition!. He will perform the first movement of the Hummel trumpet concert with the University Symphony in the spring of 2010.

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Oscar Thorp was accepted at Eastman, Boston University, St. Olaf, Lawrence University and Oberlin; he will major in trumpet performance at Oberlin.
Neil Hulbert was offered large scholarships at Lawrence and St Olaf--Neil chose St. Olaf. Anna Chow received a full scholarship to study at Brigham Young University.
Congratulations to all!

Neil Hulbert won the trumpet category at WMEA state competition. Neil Hulbert and Oscar Thorp won the small brass ensemble division.

Once again the trumpet studio swept the Commencement Bay Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest:

Neil Hulbert, winner: Concerto for Trumpet by Henri Tomasi
Oscar Thorp, first alternate: Concerto for Trumpet by J. Hummel
Sam Becker, second alternate: Sonata for Trumpet by Paul Hindemith

Oscar and Neil also won the small brass ensemble division performing the Concerto for Two Trumpets by Antonio Vivaldi
Chris Hildenbrand won the Mountain Regional Solo and Ensemble.

2008


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Greg Simon '07 was selected for an "Iron Composer" competition. He will travel from Denver to Oklahoma to compete in "speed composing." www.gregsimonmusic.com
Jared Tanner was accepted at Boston University and the University of Washington for graduate studies.
Brian Kibler received a 1 rating and took first alternate in the Valley Regional Solo and Ensemble contest.
Oscar Thorp won the Commencement Bay regional solo and ensemble competition. Neil Hulbert is first alternate in the Commencement Bay solo and ensemble competition.
Neil Hulbert, Kristen Monk and Oscar Thorpe won the small brass  ensemble division of the Commencement Bay regional solo and ensemble competition playing a trumpet trio by Tomasi; they took second place in the WMEA state competition. 
Neil Hulbert, Kristen Monk--on horn--and Oscar Thorp won the Commencement Bay regional solo and ensemble competition in the large brass ensemble category performing Victor Ewald's Quintet no 1. They went on to the WMEA state competition and won. Yes, Kristen Monk competed successfully on both trumpet and horn.

2007

Neil Hulbert and Kyle Deline are chosen as co-principals of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra; Oscar Thorpe wins the second chair.
Greg Simon begins graduate studies in Composition and Jazz Trumpet at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Josh Gailey: WMEA State Competition, 3rd place; Winner of a regional WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
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Neal Hulbert: WMEA State Competition, finalist, received a 1 rating at state; Winner of the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition. Winner of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and Soloist with the Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra. Winner of the MTNA northwest young artist competition, finalist in Toronto competition.
Kristen Monk: 1st alternate in the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Oscar Thorp: 2nd Alternate, in the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Former student, Adam Morrell, graduates from Central Washington University with a degree in music education and accets position at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma.

2006


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Puget Sound alumna, Eileen Bedlington, accepted a position with the United States Navy Band.

Eva Breitenbach: WMEA State Competition, 3rd Place; Winner of the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition. Third Place prize winner of the Northwest Sinfonietta Young Artist Concerto Competition
Dan Rousseau: 1st alternate in the Commencement Bay WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition
Jared Tanner performs with the brass faculty on a Jacobsen Series faculty concert.

2003

Zachary Person begins graduate studies at the University of Oregon.
Adam Morrell wins a regional WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition.

2002

Eileen Bedlington was accepted to Manhattan School of Music for Graduate study and appeared as soloist with the UPS Wind Ensemble playing the Concerto by A. Arutiunian.