Students find extracurricular music success

CooperCooper Johnson, Junior

Cooper was accepted into the Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s summer Percussion Institute in Oberlin, Ohio that takes place from June 25 to July 1.

While there, Cooper will participate in a week of master classes, clinics, hands-on workshops, recitals, and lectures in a relaxed and productive environment. The biennial program, now in its 16th year, provides a comprehensive curriculum covering the full range of the percussionist’s and timpanist’s art. Oberlin’s faculty represents the finest talent and the widest breadth of experience in the world of percussion.

The Percussion Institute also features clinics and workshops for in-depth examinations of percussion and timpani. Participants who want to take master classes are invited to audition on the day of registration with the option to perform. Students may also receive one hour of college credit.

Congratulations to  Cooper Johnson!

Ryan Parker, Sophomore

Ryan competed in the National Trumpet Competition this last weekend in Denver, CO.  

Parker played Kent Kennan’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano.

He sent in a video in December, and he made the semi-finals which were held this weekend, at Metropolitan State College.  Trumpeters from all across the country were selected to compete in junior high, high school and college divisions.  Because he made the semi-finals, he was invited to perform for and compete in this event.

Parker went with the Baylor Trumpets and met the players and teachers from high schools all over the country as well as colleges and Universities like University of Michigan, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, University of Miami, Indiana University and many more.