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

RELEASED: Dec. 8, 2008

Tyler Adam
Tyler Adam

EAU CLAIRE — A second University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music education major has been named to the National College Wind Ensemble, an honor that will allow the students to perform this spring at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Tyler Adam, a sophomore from Chanhassen, Minn., who plays the flute, and Megan Pattarozzi, a freshman from Middleton, who plays the clarinet, will make their Carnegie Hall debuts in May 2009. They are two of the 70 students chosen from colleges and universities throughout the country for the ensemble.

Adam and 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.

"My initial reaction to being selected was simply 'wow,'" said Adam, who hopes to someday teach music at a university or open his own studio. "Carnegie Hall is going to be fantastic. Music has always been my passion and it's really amazing to know that I'll perform at Carnegie Hall with other musicians who share that passion."

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, he said.

"What really intrigued me about this year's ensemble was the repertoire," said Adam, who has played the flute for nine years. "It's all fantastic music and I was mostly just excited for the possibility of playing all of it.

"The most exciting part about being in an ensemble like the National College Wind Ensemble is that there are so many opportunities to meet great people and learn from them. Every one of them has a deep understanding of music and true artistry, and it's great to learn from others what that really means, especially considering they all come from different backgrounds and have different perspectives. I think the connections I make there will definitely help shape my future based on what I learn and how I apply that to achieving my goals."

Adam and Pattarozzi are members of UW-Eau Claire's Wind Symphony, the university's highest band. They also are part of the Blugold Marching Band and Pattarozzi is a member of the University Orchestra.

A story about Pattarozzi's selection to the National College Wind Ensemble can be found online.

Tyler Adam can be reached at adamtj@uwec.edu and Megan Pattarozzi can be reached at pattarmm@uwec.edu.

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JB

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