Nathan Bogert, a doctoral candidate in music performance and a saxophone student of Dr. Kenneth Tse, has won the coveted first prize in Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Performance National Competition which took place in New York City on Saturday, March 24.
Moreover, the Harmonia Saxophone Quartet, members include Bogert, Kaelah Caldwell (MA). John Hallberg (MA) and James Skretta (DMA), is also one of six finalists in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition after being the winner at the state and division levels.
The previous week Bogert also won the first prize (out of the initial 89 contestants) in the prestigious North American Saxophone Alliance’s National Solo Saxophone Competition in Tempe, Arizona, marking the historic, second consecutive conference win for the University of Iowa saxophone studio. For both successes, Bogert was given cash and other prizes and performed in a winner’s concert. Bogert is currently a teaching assistant in the jazz area and was a member of the Axius Saxophone Quartet which also won several top national prizes in 2011 including the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
by STEPHEN PRADARELLI, reprinted from IowaNow
The Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday voted to approve schematic designs and funding to bring arts buildings destroyed by the 2008 flood back to life, a significant step forward in the campus recovery process.
After touring the arts campus, the board approved nearly $405 million in new construction for a new Hancher Auditorium, Art Building and School of Music replacement facility. It also approved designs for the projects (view schematics, models and renderings of the proposed buildings here).
Holding its monthly meeting in Iowa City Wednesday, the board approved $175.6 million to replace Hancher Auditorium, $152 million to replace the School of Music and $77.3 million to replace the Art Building.
The cost for the three replacement projects will be covered by a combination of insurance, funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, revenue bonds, and university gifts and earnings.
Regents President Craig Lang said during a news conference earlier in the day that the board is happy with progress on the projects so far. Patrick Hall, Recovery Bureau chief for the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, echoed the sentiment and said recovery from such a devastating flood is a complex process.
The new Hancher Auditorium is scheduled to open in late 2015, and construction on the new Art Building and School of Music should be completed in 2016. Demolition of the existing Hancher could begin this fall.