UD's Graduate Wind Quintet
Congratulations to UD Music Students
Several UD music Students will be competing at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) eastern regional division competitions this winter.
The Graduate Wind Quintet, Tara Rozanski, flute; Ben Carithers, oboe; Tierney O'Brien, clarinet; Dan Rocha, horn; and Nora McDonnell, bassoon, represents Delaware in the Chamber Music Competition, and Anabelinda De Castro represents the state in the Young Artists Competition.
For all of these students, the MTNA competitions are a chance to stretch themselves as artists and performers while showcasing the Department of Music.
Associate Professor Eileen Grycky, who serves as the quintet’s advisor, explains that the preparation is a key part of the experience, and not just for the competition results. “You give everything. You give your best and delve into the music as deeply as possible,” she says. The discipline required to be well prepared carries forward in students’ musical development.
The Graduate Wind Quintet is a fully funded program in its first year at UD, and the group’s participation at the MTNA competition will provide good publicity for UD and the Music Department, as well as being a good experience for the students. “This is a very talented, hard working and congenial group,” Grycky says. “They all have professional attitudes and preparing for this competition gives them a goal and will motivate them.”
Anabelinda De Castro has been competing since she was eight years old, but she admits that each competition is a learning experience and helps her grow as a musician. “Any performance opportunities–especially competitions—speed up the learning process,” she says. “There’s a whole psychological aspect to competitions with hurdles you must learn to overcome. That ‘push’ helps me play my pieces better and gain a deeper understanding of them.”
For De Castro, the chance to play for other talented pianists, and hear them play, is also rewarding. “It’s just always good to play in different areas and get exposure,” she says. The timing was right, too, as the next round of competitions will help De Castro in her spring recital preparations.
The Graduate Wind Quintet and De Castro will play in the state winners’ recital on November 20 in Gore Recital Hall. The eastern regional division competitions take place on January 7 at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.