Congratulations to the five Minnesota Varsity Showcase Artists who have been chosen to perform, and the two Showcase Composers who have been selected to have their works premiered, in a live broadcast concert at the Fitzgerald Theater!

Showcase Round Artists

Hartman-Warren-Doyle Trio: Derek Hartman/pno; Luther Warren/vln; Nora Doyle/cello, Piano/vln/cello Trio
The Luna String Quartet: Anna Humphrey/vln; Emma Richman, vln; Alexandra Sophocleus/vla; Nora Doyle/cello, String Quartet
Eric Sargent, Voice
Kristina Butler, Voice (Audience vote winner)
Megan Ruan, Piano

Showcase Composers

Austin Kraft Savage Arabesque in A Minor
Grant Luhmann Lino Lakes Soliloquy

Listen to the audio and see pictures from the live concert at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Showcase Honorable Mentions

Michael Davis, piano
Emily Johnson, marimba

Thanks to American Composers Forum for partnering with us on the new Composition category.

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, Concordia College, Saint John's University, and College of Saint Benedict 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

10/22/12
Submissions Open

1/9/13
Submissions Due by 11:59 p.m.

2/5/2013
Featured Round Announcement

3/4/2013 - 3/22/2013
Featured Round On-Air

3/18/2013 - 3/24/2013
Online Audience Voting

3/29/2013
Showcase Round Judging

4/2/2013
Showcase Round Announcement

4/28/2013 at 5 p.m.
Fitzgerald Theater Showcase

Archive

Peruse the submissions from last year's Minnesota Varsity project, including the Featured and Showcase Round winners.

More Information

Visit the press release for media contacts. Please send questions or comments to varsity@mpr.org.

Recap of 2012

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now? spotlights Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists from 2011 and 2012! 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.

  • anna humphrey minnesota varsity alumnaMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Anna Humphrey
    Violinist Anna Humphrey from Rogers, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Artist, performing with the Luna String Quartet. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.September 26, 2014
  • matt lammers aspen festival 1Matt Lammers: From Minnesota Varsity to Aspen Music Festival
    Performance Today host Fred Child is in Aspen, Colo., to record a series of programs on his show, and he happened to bump into Matt Lammers, a 2011 Minnesota Varsity Featured Round Artist.July 10, 2014
  • A bow for showcase artistsMinnesota Varsity Showcase: Minnesota's top young classical musicians
    It was cold and rainy on April 27, 2014, but inside the Fitzgerald Theater, a fire and passion burned among seven young classical musicians. They were the showcase round for Minnesota Varsity and they were about to perform live before hundreds at the theater, and thousands on the radio.May 13, 2014
  • A bow for showcase artistsSlideshow: Minnesota's best high school composers
    Composers from across Minnesota wrote original pieces of music for the Minnesota Varsity project. See the top composers in action as they workshop and premiere new classical works.May 7, 2014
  • Minnesota VarsityMinnesota Varsity Showcase Event
    Meet the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round artists! These five instrumental and vocal artists will perform on stage at a free concert at the Fitzgerald Theater -- which will also be broadcast on Classical MPR -- on April 27th at 5 p.m.April 27, 2014
  • The Minnesota Varsity Showcase ArtistsWhat are young classical musicians listening to these days?
    What are young classical musicians listening to? We asked a few of our Minnesota Varsity showcase artists what they would play if given the chance.April 21, 2014
  • arjun ganguly st cloud times photoThree young Minnesotans head for international music stage
    Carnegie Hall has announced that 120 musicians from 33 states will make up the National Youth Orchestra on its eight-stop tour beginning in July. Among the musicians are Arjun Ganguly of St. Cloud, Minn., Emma Richman of Minneapolis and Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minn.March 6, 2014
  • emma richmanMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Emma Richman
    Violinist Emma Richman from Minneapolis was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Artist, performing with the Luna Quartet. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.December 20, 2013
  • drevlow brianna brett braydenMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Brianna, Brett and Brayden Drevlow
    The Drevlow siblings from Thief River Falls, Minn., were involved in Minnesota Varsity in 2011 and in 2013. They recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what they're doing now.December 13, 2013
  • aaron fagerstromMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Aaron Fagerstrom
    Pianist Aaron Fagerstrom from Thief River Falls, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2012 and 2013 Featured Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.December 6, 2013
  • 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 what she's doing now.November 29, 2013
  • Jeesoo LeeMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Jeesoo Lee
    Pianist Jeesoo Lee from Eden Prairie, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Featured Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.November 22, 2013
  • david nelson, minnesota varsityMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - David Nelson
    David Nelson from Woodbury, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Featured Artist for voice. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.November 15, 2013
  • austin kraftMinnesota Varsity: Where are they now? - Austin Kraft
    Austin Kraft from Savage, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Composer. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.November 8, 2013
  • Joshua WeinbergMinnesota Varsity: Where are they now? - Joshua Weinberg
    Flutist Joshua Weinberg from St. Peter, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Showcase Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.November 1, 2013
  • nora doyle, celloMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Nora Doyle
    Nora Doyle from Minneapolis was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Featured Artist as a soloist, and a 2013 Showcase Artist as part of an ensemble. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.October 25, 2013
  • Kristina ButlerMinnesota Varsity: Where are they now? - Kristina Butler
    Kristina Butler from Burnsville, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Artist who participated as a singer. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.October 18, 2013
  • Cartesian TrioMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Derek Hartman
    Derek Hartman was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Artist who participated as a pianist in the Hartman-Warren-Doyle Trio. Derek recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.October 11, 2013
  • Aria StilesMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Aria Stiles
    We recently caught up with former Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists, including violinist Aria Stiles: "Since Spring 2012, I have completely changed states, weather, and styles of music."January 6, 2013
  • Brianna DrevlowMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Brianna Drevlow
    We recently caught up with former Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists, including Brianna Drevlow, who's studying Piano Performance and Theory/Composition and Film in college.December 30, 2012

Minnesota Varsity is supported, in part, by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of Minnesota, and by the generosity of these foundations and individuals:

The Charles H. Clay Family Charitable Trust
Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation
Andy Kiorpes
Robert Kriel and Linda Krach
Ann Newhall and Rick Schleuss
Steve Otto
Paul and Mary Reyelts
Robin Saunders Ryan
Kay Savik and Joe Tashjian
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