December 2, 2016
Texas Tech University's saxophone quartet has won the college division of a national competition.
The Mirasol Quartet, composed of Texas Tech students Ben Still and Andrew Reinhart and alumni James Barger and Ben Donnell, won the American Prize in chamber music, said David Dees, a professor of saxophone in the School of Music. The group won a cash prize and professional marketing and promotion from the American Prize organization.
"More than anything else, we cherish the experiences we have playing together and the memories we've made through our travels and performances," Reinhart said. "Being recognized for our collective musicianship is just the icing on the cake. Of course, we cannot acknowledge our success without recognizing professor David Dees and many other faculty and colleagues for their assistance with our growth in the past few years."
"We're very honored to have been selected as winner of the American Prize in chamber ensemble performance for 2016," Still said. "For me, it's truly a pleasure to collaborate with such fine musicians on a deep, artistic level, and I look forward to Mirasol's future endeavors."
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.