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MU students compete in international event in N.Y.

Apr. 28, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University music students Brianna Williams, euphonium, and Tyler Davis, tuba, were selected as finalists in the Artist Division of the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference solo competition, held April 20, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Williams is a graduate student in her first year of work toward a master's degree in music performance. She earned her bachelor's degree in music education from Marshall and studies with Michael Stroeher. Williams has previously won the Marshall University Concerto Competition and the Belle and Lynum Jackson Competition. She also was a finalist at the Southeastern Regional Tuba-Euphonium competition in 2011.

Davis is a junior music education student who studies tuba with George Palton. He recently won both the Belle and Lynum Jackson Competition and the Marshall University Concerto Competition.

Neither student placed in the international competition, but Stroeher said it was still a great experience for them because of quality of the students in the field.

"There (were) contestants in this competition from the top schools like Julliard, Eastman, Curtis, North Texas ... and from as far away as Austria and Switzerland," he said. "The fact that our students (performed) at that level is pretty extraordinary."