Logan Chopyk and Curtis Prichard co-win Jacobs Brass Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Jacobs School student co-winners of the recent Brass Concerto Competition–Logan Chopyk, trombone, and Curtis Prichard, euphonium–who will perform with the IU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

Chopyk, a doctoral student studying with Peter Ellefson, will perform Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra with the Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Cliff Colnot, on February 27 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center.

Prichard, a doctoral student studying with Dan Perantoni and M. Dee Stewart, will perform Martin Ellerby’s Euphonium Concerto with the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Stephen W. Pratt, on April 2 at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall.

Chopyk, 26, born in southern California, is enrolled in the second year of the Doctor of Music program at the Jacobs School. He is currently principal trombone of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and was previously co-principal trombone with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Illinois.  Chopyk holds degrees from UCLA (B.A.) and Northwestern University (M.M.), and, in summers past, he has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Brass Residency, and the Music Academy of the West.  As a chamber musician, Chopyk has recorded for Naxos with the Millennium Chamber Players and is winner of the 2009 Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Trombone Quartet Competition. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra BRASS, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and New World Symphony. In addition to Ellefson, Chopyk’s teachers have included Michael Mulcahy, Mark Lawrence, Charles Vernon, Ralph Sauer, Randall Hawes, Bill Booth, and Patrick Sheridan.

Prichard has performed throughout the United States and China as a featured soloist and a member of the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, and the University of Michigan Symphony Band. His euphonium playing can be heard on albums of the Tech Tuba Ensemble, the Tubas Unlimited, the Tech Faculty Brass Arts Quintet, and the University of Michigan Symphony Band. Prichard completed his master’s degree at the University of Michigan. Now a doctoral student at Jacobs, he is pursuing professional auditions while maintaining an active performance schedule. His teachers and mentors are Winston Morris, Fritz Kaenzig, Daniel Perantoni, and M. Dee Stewart.


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