Meet the talented musicians who submitted their music for Minnesota Varsity 2015!

Featured Round Artists

Thirteen entrants have been chosen by MPR Judges for Minnesota Varsity's Featured Round. These artists will each come to MPR's studios to have a professional recording made of their submission, which will be posted online and aired on Classical MPR in March.

Performer

City

Instrument

Chase Bernard Bloomington, MN Guitar
Trio Tesoro (Sarrah Bushara, Luca Tallarini, Cole Thompson) Minneapolis, MN Oboe, Clarinet, Piano
Collin Jinks Bayport, MN Piano
Christina Waldron Inver Grove Heights, MN Piano
Sarah Coltz, David Coltz Robbinsdale, MN Violins (2)
Julian Maddox Minnetonka, MN Violin
Max Melin Excelsior, MN Marimba
Scottie Schwefel Excelsior, MN Voice
Caroline Paulsen Minneapolis, MN Cello
Noah Chojnacki Eagan, MN Piano
Daniel Richards Duluth, MN Cello
Jonathan Mattson Rochester, MN Piano
Anna Stolte North Saint Paul, MN Voice

Featured Round Composers

Five entrants have been chosen by ACF Judges for Minnesota Varsity's Featured Round.

John Kuntz Eagan, MN As the Day Unfolds
Samuel Hoch Eden Prairie, MN And To Forget, Forget
Cynthia Heck Maple Grove, MN Turkey Blues
Louisa Byron Waseca, MN First Snow
Thanasi Pantazides Edina, MN Long Bleep


All Instrumentalists/Vocalists

Performer

City

Instrument

Michelle Bergh Stillwater, MN Voice
Tyler Broderius Duluth, MN Violin
Samantha Woog Rochester, MN Bassoon
Milo Wittenberg St Paul, MN Guitar
Chase Bernard Bloomington, MN Guitar
Trio Tesoro (Sarrah Bushara, Luca Tallarini, Cole Thompson) Minneapolis, MN Oboe, Clarinet, Piano
Emera Gurath Sioux Falls, SD Violin
Collin Jinks Bayport, MN Piano
Caroline Donaldson Eden Prairie, MN Harp
Mary Grotberg Fergus Falls, MN Flute
Cydney Chamberlain Maple Grove, MN Voice
Matthew Racine Apple Valley, MN Trumpet
Faith Helgeson Bloomington, MN Flute
Emily Stevenson Moorhead, MN Oboe
Raxe String Quartet (Martha Mulcahy, David Coltz, Sarah Coltz, Eleni Sophocleus) Minneapolis, MN String Quartet
Riley Sester Minnetoka, MN Piccolo Trumpet
Emily Green Lino Lakes, MN Horn
Robel Tedros Minneapolis, MN Piano
Ann Leimbach St. Paul, MN Flute
Jacob Rose Maplewood, MN Piano
Annie Sun Rochester, MN Piano
Anna Ginther Excelsior, MN Voice
Olivia Rengo Esko, MN Violin
Abigail Hansen Owatonna, MN Harp
Christina Waldron Inver Grove Heights, MN Piano
Sarah Coltz, David Coltz Robbinsdale, MN Violins (2)
Charles Hemler Eden Prairie, MN Marimba
Seth Cattanach Lake Elmo, MN Piano
Mackenzie Cross Minneapolis, MN Voice
Isaiah Burkel Thief River Falls, MN Voice
Vivian Murphy West St Paul, MN Violin
Julian Maddox Minnetonka, MN Violin
Claire Miller Golden Valley, MN Violin
Max Melin Excelsior, MN Marimba
Erik Nordstrom St. Paul, MN Voice
John-Paul Shoemaker Minneapolis, MN Viola
Atlee Jensen Apple Valley, MN Voice
Mitchell Richter White Bear Township, MN Piano
Noah Livingston Roseville, MN Flute
Mitchell Richter White Bear Twp, MN Voice
Scottie Schwefel Excelsior, MN Voice
Jeesoo Lee Eden Prairie, MN Piano
Kacie Riddle Burnsville, MN Voice
Alyse Brown Sioux Falls, SD Voice
Maria Kosovich Little Falls, MN Voice
Colleen Bur Plymouth, MN Voice
Brayden Drevlow Thief River Falls, MN Piano
Brock Drevlow, Brayden Drevlow Thief River Falls, MN Double Bass, Piano
Audrey Aspen Hutchinson, MN Flute
Will Pratt St. Paul, MN Voice
Ampere Quartet (Paul Watkins, Sam Richman, Louisa Byron, Eliot Johnson) Saint Paul, MN Viola
Anne Walsh Stillwater, MN Voice
Aditya Mittal Edina, MN Alto Saxophone
Caroline Paulsen Minneapolis, MN Cello
Hannah Perendy Eagan, MN Piano
Bolanle Koleosho Bloomington, MN Voice
Noah Chojnacki Eagan, MN Piano
Augustus Holley Moorhead, MN Zhongruan
Miles Broske Northfield, MN Clarinet
Emily Stevenson, Michelle Foster, Kyle Johnson, Augustus Holley Moorhead, MN Oboe, Clarinet, Viola, Zhongruan
Ezra Hayward Minneapolis, MN Piano
Skye Gagnon Shoreview, MN Double Bass
Erin Kennedy St. Paul, MN Piano
Carl Denton Fargo, ND Piano
Kaylee Nielsen Arden Hills, MN Clarinet
Imala Witherspoon Minneapolis, MN Violin
Duo Impulsivo (Alastair Witherspoon and Julian Maddox) Minnetonka, MN Violins (2)
Shreya Narayan Cottage Grove, MN Flute
Jordan McDonnell Little Canada, MN Voice
Jakob Gustafson Fridley, MN Voice
Anand Mittal Edina, MN Clarinet
Daniel Richards Duluth, MN Cello
Arjun Ganguly St. Cloud, MN Viola
Alexandra Hartlein Orono, MN Flute
Patrick Hyatte St.Paul, MN Violin
Sapphire Quartet (Sarah Goh, Ruby Kramer, Adeline Balfour, Madeline Sheard) Maple Grove, MN String Quartet
Alexander Scheel Rochester, MN Violin
Ava Szychalski Minneapolis, MN Violin
Anna Shortridge Lino Lakes, MN Horn
Rustling Winds (Allie Hartlein, Sarrah Bushara, Miles Broske, Anna Shortridge, Beck Rusley) Eden Prairie, MN Wind Quintet
Jonathan Mattson Rochester, MN Piano
Haley Diers Fargo, ND Flute
Meghana Iyer Eden Prairie, MN Piano
Susan Stewart Edina, MN Clarinet
Klein Quartet (Caroline Carls, Angel Andres, Flora Klein, Sung-Rim Huh) North Oaks, MN Violin
Jacob Moyer Roseville, MN Marimba
Jakob Landry Mounds View, MN Piano
Maggie Anderson Bigfork, MN Cello
Accendo (Yuki Hirai, Alexander Scheel, Hailey Concepcion, Leah Andrews) Rochester, MN String Quartet
Alastair Witherspoon Minneapolis, MN Violin
Anna McGlone Elk River, MN Piano
Toni Andres Osseo, MN Flute
Connor Olson Anoka, MN Voice
David Lu Eagan, MN Piano
Anna Stolte North Saint Paul, MN Voice
Curtis Baum Rochester, MN Piano
Grace Johnson Duluth, MN Violin
Julie Manning Apple Valley, MN Voice
Naomi Powers Mitchell, SD Violin
Princeton Saxophone Quartet (Abbigale Sueverkruepp, Nicholas Johnson, Johnathon Groebner, Austin Sueverkruepp) Princeton, MN Saxophone Quartet
Christian Belz Excelsior, MN Voice

Compositions

Composer

City

Composition Name

Matthew Maxam St. Paul, MN Fantasy in A Minor
Seamus Flynn St. Paul, MN Words Without a Voice
John Kuntz Eagan, MN As the Day Unfolds
Mark Cerar Plainview, MN Echoes of Memories
Erick McLellan - Martinez New Hope, MN Hope
Samuel Hoch Eden Prairie, MN And To Forget, Forget
Emma Liddle Bloomington, MN The Moods of Writing a Sonatina
Cynthia Heck Maple Grove, MN Turkey Blues
David Besonen Apple Valley, MN French Lullaby
Louisa Byron Waseca, MN First Snow
Isabel Pastoor St Louis Park, MN Gumdrop Paradox
Samuel Stanley Saint Paul, MN Of Love and Loss
Toivo Hannigan St. Paul, MN Fanatical
Thanasi Pantazides Edina, MN Long Bleep
Anna Boguszewski Roseville, MN Matematica
Michael Wise Richfield, MN Presto in G# Minor
Austin Kraft Savage, MN Dropped by Memory
Curtis Baum Rochester, MN The Chase
Nick Cortes Duluth, MN Trio in A Major
Sarrah Bushara Eden Prairie, MN Homage: Key

About Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity showcases the top high-school musical talent from Classical Minnesota Public Radio's terrestrial broadcast area.

Music students (aged 14-18) are invited to submit a recording of an instrumental or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, for evaluation by a panel of MPR judges. Performances can be solo, or with a group, and can be up to 10 minutes in length. Student composers in the same age group are invited to submit an original score for a piano, clarinet and French horn trio between 3 and 7 minutes in length.


Download the Minnesota Varsity Flyers!

Ten to fifteen instrumental and vocal entrants will be chosen by the MPR Judges for the Featured Round. Featured Round Artists will be invited to make a professional recording of their performances in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul. These performances will be heard on Classical MPR, on air and online. Up to five Featured Composers will be chosen by an American Composers Forum panel of judges. Featured Composers will be invited to a Workshop Day.

Four of the Featured Round Artists will be selected as Showcase Artists by a panel of judges and one by an online Audience Vote. Two Showcase Composers will be selected by American Composers Forum.

The Showcase Artists will perform — or see the premiere of their compositions — on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sunday, April 19 in a live radio broadcast.

After you've read the Rules and FAQ, let us know if you have further questions by e-mailing us. We look forward to receiving your entry. We can't wait to hear you!

Educational Sponsor Scholarships

Classical MPR is pleased to welcome five Educational Sponsors to present a special scholarship offer to the Minnesota Varsity Featured Round Artists. Luther College and Concordia College will present $4,000 for four years, to each Featured Round musician to attend their school. We're grateful for the commitment these institutions of higher education make to our Minnesota Varsity musicians!

Important Dates

9/15/14
Submissions Open

12/5/14
Submissions Due by 9:00 a.m.

1/13/2015
Featured Round Announcement

3/9/2015 - 3/27/2015
Featured Round On-Air

3/23/2015 - 3/29/2015
Online Audience Voting

3/30/2015
Celebrity Judges Select Showcase Round Artists

3/31/2015
Showcase Round Announcement

4/19/2015 at 5 p.m.
Minnesota Varsity Showcase Event
(Fitzgerald Theater)

Archive

Peruse the submissions, featured and showcase artists from Minnesota Varsity's past! 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 are all archived!

More Information

Visit the FAQ and Rules pages for more information. Please send questions or comments to varsity@mpr.org.

Submit Your Audio

Ready? Upload by 9 a.m. on 12/5/2014 or postmark your entry by December 5, 2014!

The Minnesota Varsity experience

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now? spotlights Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists from 2011 - 2014! It's been fun catching up with them to ask what they're doing now and what they remember and value most about their Minnesota Varsity experience. We're pleased to share their inspiring stories with you, and we're proud of every student across the state who's entered Minnesota Varsity and shared their music-making with us and with their friends, families, and communities.

  • drevlowsMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - The Drevlows
    The Drevlow Brothers - Brock, Brayden, and Brett - from Thief River Falls, Minn., have each been a Minnesota Varsity Featured Artist, respectively in 2014, 2013, and 2011. They recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share their recent news.January 16, 2015
  • nora doyle, celloMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Nora Doyle
    Cellist Nora Doyle of Minneapolis was a Minnesota Varsity 2012 Featured Artist and 2013 Showcase Artist (with the Luna String Quartet), and a 2014 Showcase Artist (solo). She recently contacted Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share some of her Varsity memories.January 9, 2015
  • Karen BaumgartnerMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Karen Baumgartner
    Flutist Karen Baumgartner from Roseville, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 and 2012 Featured Artist. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share her recent news.January 2, 2015
  • Austin WahlMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Austin Wahl
    Guitarist Austin Wahl of Minneapolis was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Showcase Artist. He recently contacted Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share his recent experiences and thoughts on his career.December 26, 2014
  • Brianna DrevlowMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Brianna Drevlow
    Pianist Brianna Drevlow of Thief River Falls, Minn. was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Featured Artist. She recently updated Classical MPR's Christine Sweet with her latest news.December 5, 2014

For a third year, American Composers Forum (ACF) will be a partner with MPR in the Composition category.

Minnesota Varsity is supported by the generosity of these foundations and individuals:

James and Kathryn Catalano
Kay and Gerry Erickson
Mary Gale
Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation
Andy Kiorpes and Farrel Rich
Ann Newhall and Rick Schleuss
Stephen Otto
Ed and Jenni Ryan
Saunders Therapy Centers
Kay Savik and Joe Tashjian
Irma Wyman


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