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Chapter Woodwind Competition Reveals Remarkable Talent

on Sun, 02/02/2014 - 20:10

Five woodwind players demonstrated their talent before a panel of expert judges on March 22, 2014 as the chapter selected the winners in this year's Career Awards Competition.  The repertoire was diverse and demanding for the two flautists, two oboists and a clarinetist, and while a clear first-place winner emerged, there was a tie for second place.  The talented 20-year-old flute player who will represent the chapter at the NSAL Annual Convention in May was Hannah Hammel.  Hannah's home is in Richmond, Virginia, and she is a junior at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.  In playing works by Schumann, Prokofiev and Bach she demonstrated remarkable versatility and sensitivity.  Congratulations, Hannah!

  Hannah Hammel

Pictured below with Hannah are the second-place winners: Chelsea Meynig, flute, aged 21, a senior at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, and Aaron Robinson, oboe, aged 19, a sophomore at James Madison University.

No candidate went away empty-handed, though, as competition organiser Content Sablinsky gave each one a gift of a slide whistle.

The distinguished panel of judges are shown here:

From left to right, they are: Elizabeth Brightbill, flute, who served as Alternate Judge on the adjudication panel.  She holds the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and, before moving to Virginia, held the position of principal flute with the Tulsa Philharmonic and Opera orchestras; Nancy Garlick, clarinet, who was principal clarinetist of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and taught clarinet at the University of Virginia for 24 years; Tabatha Easley, flute, Assistant Professor of Flute at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond; and Michele Kirkdorffer, oboe, Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Admissions Coordinator at James Madison University.

The competition was ably organized and run (with precision timing and seamless transitions) by co-chairs Content Sablinsky and Pat Davis (pictured here with our chapter champion Hannah), with assistance from a number of volunteers drawn from the chapter's membership.  


Chelsea Meynig and Aaron Robinson performed for an enthusiastic gathering of chapter members and guests on April 13 in the home of Cynthia Tremblay - historic Casa Maria in Greenwood, Virginia.  

Accompanied by Linda Blondel, Chelsea played two movements from Reinecke's Sonata for flute and piano, Op. 167 - "Undine", and the second movement from Prokofiev's Sonata in D minor for flute and piano, Opus 94.

Aaron was accompanied by Miriam Clark, playing Goosens' Oboe Concerto.