Talos Brass, a quintet of Bienen School of Music master’s students, has advanced to the finals of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition.

The ensemble will perform on Saturday, March 25, in Reno, Nevada as part of the MTNA national conference. Seven chamber wind groups advanced to the finals of the competition and prizes will be awarded to the top three ensembles.

Talos Brass members are Bethany Vaughan and Sarah Jessen, trumpet students of David Bilger; Rachel Cote, horn student of Gail Williams; Alex Ertl, trombone student of Michael Mulcahy; and Ben Poirot, tuba student of Gene Pokorny and Matthew Gaunt.

“This group has been a joy to work with collectively and individually,” said Matthew Gaunt, who coaches the ensemble. “From their first rehearsals they have established a mature musical approach as well as refined group blend and sound.” 

Gaunt adds, “Their ability to work hard at improving but with a driven, positive, open, and collaborative vibe has been an uncommon thrill. In my over three decades of experience as a chamber musician and coach, I have rarely encountered a group that has this level of performance, drive, dedication, and chemistry.”

The purpose of the MTNA performance competitions is to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence.

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  • Matthew Gaunt
  • David Bilger
  • Gail Williams
  • Michael Mulcahy
  • Gene Pokorny