Lawrence University student musicians captured the top two places at the recent (3/8) 2014 Wisconsin Flute Festival Collegiate Competition hosted by UW-Oshkosh.
Juniors Caitlynn Winkler, a flute performance and music education major from Sheboygan, and Sam Rolfe, a flute performance major from Boscobel, earned first- and second-place honors, respectively. They were among three finalists selected from an initial pool of nine entries. The competition is open to undergraduates enrolled in a Wisconsin college or university.
Each presented a 15-minute program in the finals. Winkler performed â€śAmong Firefliesâ€ť by Elainie Lillios, â€śImageâ€ť by Eugene Bozza, and Movement III from Eldin Burton’s â€śSonatina.â€ť
Rolfe performed â€śCinq Incantacions pour Flute Seuleâ€ť by Andre Jolivet, â€śSonata for Flute and Piano in E Majorâ€ť by Johann Sebastian Bach and the world premiere of â€śClockwork Koanâ€ť a piece written by Lawrence senior Chris Harrity as part of the flute and composition studio flutist/composer collaboration project.
Winkler received $250 for her winning performance while Rolfe was awarded $100. Both study in the flute studio of Assistant Professor of Music Erin Lesser.
As part of the festival, senior Schuyler Thornton was selected to play a masterclass with guest artist Stephanie Mortimer. The Lawrence Flute Ensemble was one of three groups selected to open the day-long festival as part of a flute ensemble showcase, performing three works, including a new work by Lawrence Associate Professor of Music Joanne Metcalf.
About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847,Â Lawrence UniversityÂ uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in theÂ Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014Â and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.