MOUNT VERNON– In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band announced its first annual Young Artists Competition in September 2011. Winners of this year’s competition were announced in February and will appear as guest soloists with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band at a concert on Saturday, April 28, at the Mount Vernon District Auditorium. These young artists will also receive music scholarships and gift certificates for their winning auditions.
The competition was divided into a high school division and a collegiate division. Lydia Raim, 11th grade euphonium player at Clear Creek Amana High School, was selected as the high school division winner. Her winning audition on Philip Sparke’s “Song For Ina” will be featured in the band’s subscription series concert. Along with a featured solo performance with the band, Lydia will receive a $250 music scholarship from the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, a gift card from West Music, and a gift card from Musician’s Friend.
Matthew Reiland was selected as the runner-up in the high school division. Reiland is an 11th grade trombone player at Solon High School. He auditioned on Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Concerto for Trombone.”
“Both of these young high school musicians demonstrated tremendous maturity and musicality in their auditions,” competition director Todd Bransky said. “The dedication and preparation they displayed is to be commended.”
Ben Reid, a junior euphonium player attending the University of Iowa, was selected as the collegiate division winner. His winning audition on Philip Sparke’s “Harlequin” will be featured in the band’s subscription series concert. Nathaniel Bean, a graduate trumpet student at the University of Iowa, was selected as the runner-up in the collegiate division. Bean auditioned on Bruce Broughton’s “Excursions.”
For more information, visit the band’s website at easterniowabrassband.com.