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The Eos Sextet, a saxophone sextet comprised of Arizona State University music undergraduate and graduate music students, has been awarded first prize in the ENKOR International Music Competition. The ENKOR competition includes a jury of over 500 members from 70 countries on six continents.
The Eos Sextet is a chamber ensemble devoted to expanding the possibilities of saxophone chamber music. The group includes junior music education major Grace Chen, second-year master's students Andrew Lammly, Curren Myers and Fangyi Niu, and third-year doctoral students Sam Detweiler and Justin Rollefson. Christopher Creviston, associate professor of saxophone, coaches the group.
The group has worked to create a new set of repertoire for the saxophone sextet medium. By commissioning contemporary works from composers such as Gregory Wanamaker, Carl Schimmel and David Dies, in addition to creating original arrangements of classic masterworks, Eos continues to build upon the rich tradition of saxophone chamber music in an innovative way.
The competition takes place online via applications with video submission and is the only online competition for classical music performers. “Our adjudication system and the number of judges is a guarantee that the level of proficiency and artistry can be ranked with maximum accuracy and eliminate the risk for positive or negative prejudice or underhand stipulations,” according to the ENKOR competition.
Eos competes in the Music Teacher National Association Conference Wind Chamber Music Competition in Baltimore, Maryland, March 18. All students received student enrichment grants from the School of Music and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts to compete in the regional competition in Honolulu, Hawaii, in early January and in Baltimore.