Lawrence University Musicians Finish 1-2 at State Chamber Orchestra Competition

A pair of Lawrence University musicians claimed the top two places at the 20th annual Concord Chamber Orchestra’s concerto competition Dec. 17 in Glendale.

Soprano saxophonist Sara Kind, a 2005 Lawrence University graduate and current student of Steven Jordheim in the Lawrence Academy of Music, was named the competition’s winner, while senior pianist Alvina Tan was named runner-up. Tan studies in the piano studio of Anthony Padilla.

This year’s competition featured 15 string, woodwind, brass and percussion players. It is open to musicians 25 years of age or younger who are residents of Wisconsin or attend a Wisconsin high school, college or university.

A 2001 graduate of Oshkosh West High School, Kind received $500 for her winning audition and will perform “Fantasy for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra” by Hector Villa-Lobos in concert with the Concord Chamber Orchestra Wednesday, March 8 and Saturday, March 11.

Kind is the fourth Lawrence student in the past five years to win the CCO competition. Burcu Goker was last year’s winner, while Julien Poncet and Charlotte Maclet won the competition in 2002 and 2001, respectively. Leslie Boulin-Raulet was the CCO’s competition’s runner up in 2003.

Based in Wauwatosa, the Concord Chamber Orchestra features volunteer adult players from various professions and age groups. It was founded in 1975 and performs under the direction of conductor Jamin Hoffman.