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The Pelegon Saxophone Quartet Advances to MTNA National Chamber Music Competition

From left to right: James Skretta is a second year DMA student from Iowa, Jessica Voigt is an Australian second year masters student, Elena Pedersen is a first year masters student from Florida, and Andrew Allen is a first year DMA student from Iowa.

From left to right: James Skretta is a second year DMA student from Iowa, Jessica Voigt is an Australian second year masters student, Elena Pedersen is a first year masters student from Florida, and Andrew Allen is a first year DMA student from Iowa.

The University of Iowa School of Music is excited to announce that the Pelegon Saxophone Quartet has advanced into the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Chamber Music Competition on March 9th-11th in Anaheim, California at the Disneyland Resort.  The quartet’s members include four of Dr. Kenneth Tse’s graduate students: Jessica Voigt, soprano saxophone (MA), James Skretta, alto saxophone (DMA), Elena Pedersen, tenor saxophone (MA), and Andrew Allen, baritone saxophone (DMA).

The Pelegon quartet formed in August 2012 and has been preparing for the upcoming MTNA competition from the very beginning.  Besides preparing for this competition, the quartet has also made an appearance at the U.S. Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium in Washington D.C. in early January 2013 before competing in the MTNA division competition in Kansas on January 13.

The three-tiered MTNA competition starts at the state level. Winners of each state competition advance on to one of the seven division competitions.  Then finally, the winners of each division competition advance to the national competition finals to compete against six other ensembles from across the United States. Due to the fact that the other ensembles in the final competition can include any range of woodwind chamber ensembles, student Jessica Voigt mentions, “It is difficult to know exactly who we will be competing against”.

Congratulations and good luck to Dr. Kenneth Tse and the Pelegon quartet members!

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