The Avalon Trio named third in nation at NYC conference

Trio ranked in top three chamber ensembles in nation with University of Illinois and Central Washington University

Avalon TrioLipscomb University’s Avalon Trio was named one of the top three chamber ensembles in the nation at a conference in New York City on March 24.

The Avalon Trio placed third in the Music Teachers National Association’s chamber competition at the 2012 national conference. The Anansazi String Quartet from the University of Illinois and Trio Mundana from Central Washington University finished first and second in the competition.

The Avalon Trio’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Trio No. 2 in C minor and Paul Schoenfield’s “Café Music” earned them third place in the national competition. They qualified for the national competition after winning state and regional MTNA affiliate conferences leading up to this event.

“They played fabulously – as well as they can possibly play. It’s a huge honor. They placed higher than universities with well-established music schools such as Rice University and ensembles comprised mostly of graduate students,” said Jerome Reed, Patricia and Rodes Hart professor of piano at Lipscomb.

The ensemble is comprised of Julian Calvin, piano; Joel Campbell, violin; and Kenneth Coca, cello. They group has played together for three years.


Interview with the Avalon Trio

MTNA Composition Contest

Three Lipscomb students placed first, second and third at the Music Teachers National Association composition contest in November 2011. Julian Calvin's "Miniatures for Flute & Piano" won first place. Zac Swann's "String Quartet No. 2" won second place, and Alyssa Dunne's "Pater  Noster" won third place. 

The judges were: 
Samuel Zyman, The Juilliard School
Oscar Bettiso, The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
Don Freund, Indiana University 


Choral Composer Presents Clinic for Music Students

Choral and composition students had an opportunity to interact with an outstanding professional in their field when composer and conductor Dan Gawthrop visited Lipscomb University for a one-day workshop on January 26. Gawthrop is best known for his choral music, which includes works both sacred and secular, both accompanied and a cappella. His best-known work is perhaps "Sing Me To Heaven," a piece for unaccompanied choir which performing groups and audiences have found so profoundly moving that an entire page of the Dunstan House publishers' website is devoted to "Sing Me to Heaven" stories.

>Mr. Gawthrop conducted sessions on commissioning a new piece and working with the composer to create it, and on making a living as a composer. He served as guest conductor and clinician for both the Lipscomb High School Concert Chorus (performing "Sing Me to Heaven") conducted by Robert King, and the Lipscomb University A Cappella Singers (presenting Gawthrop's "Prayer for Grace") conducted by Dr. Gary Wilson. The A Cappella Singers also performed a new piece by junior composition student Julian Calvin, "House of Jacob," for Mr. Gawthrop to evaluate and critique. In addition to his work with Julian Calvin's piece, he spent time with composition major Zac Swann's writing in an afternoon session for composition students.


Dan Gawthrop Choral and Composition Workshop

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Composer Dan Gawthrop will conduct a workshop which will include a session on commissioning a new piece and working with the composer to create it, a session on making a living as a composer, and clinics with the Lipscomb HS Concert Chorus conducted by Robert King and the Lipscomb University A Cappella Singers conducted by Dr. Gary P. Wilson. The HS choir will sing Gawthrop's most well-known choral work, "Sing Me to Heaven," and the A Cappella Singers will perform Gawthrop's "Prayer for Grace." The A Cappella will also perform a new piece by junior composition student Julian Calvin, "House of Jacob", for Mr. Gawthrop to evaluate and critique. The sessions are free and open to the public.