1:05 AM PST, February 9, 2012
Northern State University music majors Lindsey Fluharty and Tyler Schwan competed in the Music Teachers National Association West Central Division Young Artist Competition Jan. 13-15 at the University of Colorado.
Schwan, a music education major from Surrey, N.D., received the alternate position in the brass instrument category. The honor is the runner-up position in the seven-state region, which consists of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Colorado.
Schwan, who was accompanied on piano by NSU professor Allan Jacobson, will represent the region in the event if the winning student is unable to attend.
Schwan is a trombone student of Boyd Perkins. Schwan's program included Concertino, Op. 4, by Ferdinand David; Morceau Symphonique, by Alexandre Guilmant; Sonata No. 10, opus 5, by Arcangelo Corelli, and Concertino, Op. 45, No.7, by Lars-Erik Larsson.
Schwan represented South Dakota in the brass category at the SDMTA competition in 2011. At NSU, Schwan is involved with the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Band, Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, NSU Two O'Clock Jazz ensemble, NSU Jazz Combo, the Dominant 7, NSU Marching Wolves, NSU Wolf Pack Pep Band and the NSU Brass Choir.
Schwan said it was a great experience.
It's always fun to go to competitions like this and compete against other dedicated musicians from around the country, he said.
Fluharty, a native of Prior Lake, Minn., is a double major in art and music, with emphasis in graphic design and music performance. She is a violin student of Robert Vodnoy.
Fluharty said she played well, finished strong and enjoyed herself at the January competition.
I had a great experience during the competition and trip. I learned so much about performing and competing, she said in a release. It was cool to watch and hear other musicians...there's so much talent out there! I'm very grateful I was given this opportunity.
Fluharty's program included the first movements of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Samuel Barber; Sonata for Violin and Piano, by Csar Franck, and Symphonie Espagnole, by édouard Lalo.
Fluharty's accompanist was NSU professor William Wieland.
Fluharty won the state competition in the strings category at the SDMTA competition in 2011. Fluharty is concertmaster of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony and plays in a string quartet. She is also active on the NSU track and field team.