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Crimson Flute Trio advances to MTNA national competition

Sofiya Chayka, Elaine Martir and Marissa Watanabe.
Chayka,  Martir and Watanabe

Washington State University’s Crimson Flute Trio will compete for a $3,000 grand prize in the final round of the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Chamber Music Competition in Spokane March 16–20.

The Crimson Flute Trio consists of Sofiya Chayka, Elaine Martir and Marissa Watanabe and is coached by Sophia Tegart, clinical assistant professor of flute.

The trio qualified for the wind instrument category of the MTNA national student competition by winning the northwest divisional round. The trio will perform works by Tchesnokov, Mozart and Hovhaness.

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WSU scores big at 2019 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

WSU Jazz Big BandWSU music student soloists and ensembles won several first place awards at the 2019 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival this past weekend in Moscow, Idaho.

Ensemble winners include WSU Jazz Big Band I, and WSU combos: Jazz Wires and God’s Harmony. Student solo winners include Raul Blanco, piano; Brandt Fisher, tenor saxophone; Joel Roeber, guitar and Outstanding Soloist, Adam Hureau, clarinet.

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Yasinitsky composition JEN-TEN premiered by All Star Big Band

Greg Yasinitsky.Greg Yasinitsky’s commissioned big band piece “JEN-TEN,” written in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Jazz Education Network, was premiered at the keynote session of the 2019 international JEN Conference in January.

It was performed by the JEN All Star Big Band with Yasinitsky, a WSU Regents professor, conducting, and featured some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world.

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School of Music livestream series

WSU Music Student.The Washington State University School of Music is excited to announce that six student ensemble performances this semester will be available via livestream.

“We want to make the WSU Pullman Music experience available to everyone, whether you live in Pullman, graduated from WSU, have children performing on our stages, are thinking about pursuing a career in music or just love listening to a live concert,” said Dean Luethi, director of the WSU School of Music.

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Yasinitsky CD ‘YAZZ Band’ receives bevy of national attention

Greg Yasinitsky.
Greg Yasinitsky

“YAZZ Band,” the recently released compact disc from Greg Yasinitsky, the School of Music Regent’s Professor, has received significant national attention, including a feature in Down Beat magazine — the “Jazz Bible” — and on the Public Radio International show “Jazz After Hours.”

The disc also features WSU School of Music faculty members Sarah Miller, Brian Ward and David Jarvis, along with WSU alumni Patrick Sheng and PJ Kelley, and WSU Professor Emerita Ann Marie Yasinitsky. “YAZZ Band” was recorded in the WSU Recording Studio by WSU Recording Engineer David Bjur.

As of late January, “YAZZ Band” has appeared for 14 weeks on national radio play lists including the North American College and Community Top 30, and Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Jazz Album charts, and the Jazzweek top 50. “YAZZ Band ” was listed as one of the “CDs of the Year – Big Bands” by Bebop Spoken Here in the United Kingdom and the CD has received a number of enthusiastic reviews internationally.

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