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UW-Eau Claire Music Major to Perform at Carnegie Hall in May

RELEASED: Dec. 1, 2008

Megan Pattarozzi
Megan Pattarozzi

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire freshman will perform this spring at Carnegie Hall in New York after being selected to play in the National College Wind Ensemble.

Megan Pattarozzi, a music education major from Middleton who plays the clarinet, was one of 70 students chosen from colleges and universities throughout the United States to be part of the prestigious national ensemble.

"I wasn't really expecting to get in but I thought I would give it a try when I heard about it," Pattarozzi said of the competition. "I'm always looking for opportunities to get better and to challenge myself. When I got the letter from them saying I'd been chosen, I thought it was crazy. It's so exciting."

Pattarozzi will rehearse and perform with the National College Wind Ensemble in New York May 20-25, 2009. The last day will include a performance at Carnegie Hall, she said, noting that her family will travel with her so they can see her Carnegie début.

"Every musician's dream is to play at Carnegie Hall," Pattarozzi said. "It's amazing that I will get to do it. I'm so glad my family will be there to see it. It's going to be such a great day."

This National Wind Ensemble is a prominent organization that's mission is to bring some of the finest collegiate musicians together to perform some of the century's best literature, said Dr. James Colonna, conductor of UW-Eau Claire's Wind Symphony. The National Wind Ensemble's conductor, H. Robert Reynolds, is considered the father of the modern wind ensemble since 1965, Colonna said. Reynolds' musical collaborations have included the Detroit Winds, and the University of Michigan Symphony Band, considered to be one of the legends in band history, he said.

"Having Megan as a participant will provide musical opportunities she will not find anyplace else," Colonna said. "Everyone in the ensemble is at the top of their game, and the values Megan will bring to the UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony will be profound.

As part of the application process, Pattarozzi had to provide a resume and a CD so they could hear her play. While only a college freshman, Pattarozzi's resume already includes an impressive list of musical accomplishments, including being designated first chair in Wisconsin's high school State Honors Orchestra.

At UW-Eau Claire, Pattarozzi was selected to be part of the Wind Symphony, the university's highest band. She also is in the University Orchestra and the Blugold Marching Band.

"I love to be as involved as possible," Pattarozzi said. "I've always liked to do a lot of things and do different things. The ensembles and orchestras are a big part of the reason I'm at UW-Eau Claire. I felt connected the minute I came to visit. The music faculty push me but not in an overbearing way. They make me want to push myself to get better. Their support is part of the reason I decided to give the National Wind Ensemble a try. They encouraged me and look what happened ... I'll be playing at Carnegie Hall."

Megan Pattarozzi can be reached at pattarmm@uwec.edu.

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