Congratulations to Alex Laurenzi ’20, who won second prize in the jazz category of the 2019 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. Alex is a member of both the Jazz Small Group I, and the Creative Large Ensemble.
The Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition started in 2010 as a way to identify the next generation of great clarinetists and saxophonists and acknowledge them for their talent, the work it took to succeed and the artistry they display on their instrument. The competition is open to any highly proficient saxophonist or clarinetist – in Jazz or Classical – between the age of 18 and 23. The winners are chosen by a committee of Vandoren performing artists. The winners will perform at the Vandoren VEA concert in Indianapolis at the Music For All convention in March, and visit Paris to meet representatives from Vandoren and participate in a number of activities.