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Two MSU Student Saxophonists Win National Competitions

Kyle Landry and Julian Velasco

MSU doctoral candidate Kyle Landry captured first place in 2017-18 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) composition competition for his composition, Aeolian Harp. The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone.

Julian Velasco, a senior in music performance won the prestigious Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition – a recognition capped by performance opportunities in Paris. The goal of the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition is 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.

Velasco also advanced to the live rounds of the North American Saxophone Alliance competition, and to the national rounds of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Solo Competition.

Landry earned his master’s in saxophone performance from MSU in 2015 and is on track to complete his MSU doctorate in 2018. Velasco completes his undergraduate degree this spring.

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