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International Bassoonists Unite in Stockton

Nicolasa KusterDec 6, 2011

Bassoons, bassoons, and more bassoons! An international array of bassoonists and their musical collaborators will descend on Stockton January 6-8, 2012 for a three day event hosted by the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music (http://www.mqvc.org). Three evening concerts, 7 master classes, MQVC's exciting semi-final and final rounds (featuring a live orchestra), wellness for musician classes, and a collection of top exhibitors create an environment for inspiration and education.

The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, awarding $20,500 in prizes every two years, and the only competition in the world with a leadership-developing Audience Engagement Component, is open to young women from the Americas under the age of 24.  It was co-founded by University of the Pacific Professor and Stockton Symphony Principal Bassoonist Nicolasa Kuster, and University of Texas at Austin's Professor Kristin Wolfe Jensen.  In 2012, Kuster co-hosts it at the University of the Pacific with David A. Wells, Bassoon Instructor at California State University, Sacramento.

Three dynamic 8pm concerts at the Long Theater on January 6, 7, and 8 are a highlight of the MQVC Symposium. Performers are the internationally recognized judges and guest artists from the three day event.  A complete list of the performers can be found at the website.

Cost: single tickets to events are $8.00 General Admission, $5.00 Senior (65+).  To attend more than one event, register for a whole day of master classes, events and concerts for $30, or all three days for $75.  Pacific Students are admitted free or charge.

Costa Rican semi-finalist Sarah Ruiz will travel from Spain's Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, and Venezuelan Ananta Diaz will travel from Switzerland's Zücher Hochschule der Künste.  The other 8 semi-finalists are Julia Bair, Oberlin Conservatory; Carly Gomez,  Florida State University; Rachel Koeth, SUNY Stony Brook; Kara LaMoure, Northwestern University; Atao Liu, Manhattan School of Music; Danielle Osbun, Indiana University; Kelly Swensson, Butler University; and Alex Zdanis,  Rice University.

Friday's semi-final round features a new work by composer Margi Griebling-Haigh, an MQVC commission coordinated by Barrick Stees of the Cleveland Orchestra.  In Sunday afternoon's final round, a string orchestra made up of Pacific faculty, Pacific students and Bay Area harpsichordist, Susan Harvey, will accompany each finalist as they perform, from memory, Vivaldi's Concerto in d minor, F VIII, No 5.  Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) wrote 39 concerti for bassoon while working at a girl's orphanage in Venice.

If you'd like more information, or to schedule an interview, please call Nicolasa Kuster at 209-534-8343 or email nkuster@pacific.edu.