KGT Woodwind Trio takes first place in two national competitions in May

For the second year in a row, Merit’s KGT Woodwind Trio – Madeline Deanne (flute), Amer Hasan (clarinet) and Quincey Trojanowski (bassoon) – capped the year by taking first place in the nation’s largest chamber music competition, the annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at Notre Dame University, winning the American Brass Quintet Wind Prize.

KGT also won first place and a $5,000 cash prize in the University of Michigan’s M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, Winds-Junior Division, along with second place, wind division, and the Merit Ensemble Award at Merit’s fifth annual A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition.

Flutist Madeline Deanne, age 18, is a resident of Evergreen Park and just graduated from Evergreen Park Community High School. After graduation, Deanne will attend Western Michigan University where she will major in flute performance.

Clarinetist Amer Hasan,18, performed live on WFMT Radio’s Introductions as the show’s featured guest on June 17. Hasan lives in Tinley Park and just graduated from Carl Sandburg High School. This summer, Hasan is joining the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, a group organized by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, which will present a performance by the ensemble in conjunction with a tour to Latin America this summer. * This fall, Hasan will continue his studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Bassoonist Quincey Trojanowski, 16, lives in Hillside and just completed her sophomore year at Hillside School. This spring, Trojanowski played as principal bassoon in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Youth in Music Festival Orchestra led by Riccardo Muti. Trojanowski looks forward to returning to Merit’s Conservatory for her junior year.

“KGT Woodwind Trio had an amazing run in their two years together. They really grew as an ensemble, culminating in their memorizing 45 minutes of some of the most difficult chamber music written for woodwind trio,” said their Merit coach, Timothy Riordan. “In addition to winning several competitions and awards together, they also had many individual accomplishments this year. Quincey won top prize in Merit’s Private Lesson Scholarship competition, Amer was appointed principal clarinet in the Carnegie Hall-sponsored National Youth Orchestra, and Maddy was selected for an Honors ensemble at Illinois All State.”

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