Winners of the 2012 BachFest Student Music Competition, the fourth year of this annual event, will perform in two public concerts Sunday, March 18, at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 1140 East Cason Lane in Murfreesboro. Both concerts are free and open to the public. The BachFest event is sponsored by Holy Cross Episcopal Church and the Scheide Fund of Princeton, NJ.
Winners in the College division will perform in a 3 p.m. concert, while winners in the Junior division, grades 7-12, take the stage at 6:30 p.m. The actual competition is Saturday, March 17, and competition rules include the following: entrants may perform any work by a Baroque composer; memorization is not required; and all instruments and vocal ranges are welcome.
An added feature of this year’s BachFest is the addition of concert pianist, recording artist and music educator Luisa Guembes-Buchanan as a judge. Originally from Peru, Buchanan lives in Cambridge, MA, and has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. As part of the BachFest weekend, Guembes-Buchanan also will conduct a master class at MTSU open to all music students.
“BachFest has been a huge success every year” said competition director Elaine Winters. “Local music teachers requested information about the 2012 competition as early as last summer. As far as I know, this is the only competition of its kind in Tennessee. Students from seventh grade through college compete in front of a prestigious panel of judges for the opportunity to win cash prizes and perform for the public. Last year we had fifteen winners.”
Says George T. Riordan, Director of the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University, “BachFest provides an annual opportunity for MTSU music students, as well as a wide range of students of various ages from the area, with the motivation to learn and perform music from the Baroque in a positive and mutually supportive setting. Each year I’m impressed with not only with the music making itself, but also the rainbow of instrumentalists and singers involved from across the community. This is the spirit of the event’s main patron, William Scheide, the founder of the Bach Aria Group, who toured the globe to expand listener’s appreciation of music from the Baroque.
Master Class at MTSU by Luisa Guembes-Buchanan
In conjunction with BachFest, Luisa Guembes-Buchanan will conduct a master class in piano performance at MTSU.
“The MTSU School of Music is also very pleased to be able to have acclaimed pianist Luisa Guembes-Buchanan work with School of Music students in a master class, where our students can benefit from her extensive performance experience and learn from another artist’s perspective and approach,” Riordan added.
Background on BachFest
BachFest began in 2009 when Father Bill Dalglish, priest of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, wanted to help his congregation with its goal of establishing a major musical outreach to the community. Dalglish enlisted the help of his brother-in-law, William H. Scheide, one of the world’s renowned Bach Scholars and benefactor of the Scheide Fund of Princeton, NJ. Through a Scheide Fund grant, Holy Cross Episcopal Church developed a major music competition for students living or studying in Rutherford County. The competition awards more than $3000 in cash prizes annually. Entrants compete before a prestigious panel of judges, and the winners perform in one of two public concerts.
About Luisa Guembes-Buchanan
Luisa Guembes-Buchanan was born in Lima, Peru, where she received her early musical education at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. Guembes-Buchanan holds degrees in Performance and Musicology from the Manhattan School of Music, C.W. Post College, New York University and Boston University.
In addition to her numerous Master Classes, Guembes-Buchanan is a founding member of several teaching and performing organizations dedicated to promoting young performers’ education and to facilitating performance opportunities for them. As a musicologist, she has lectured and participated in panel discussions in the United States and Latin America.
She has recently released a six-CD set of late Beethoven piano works, which met with critical acclaim.
2011 BachFest Winners
First: Jennifer Davis, flute
Second: Eric Griffin, flute
Third: Tanner Antonetti, tenor sackbut
Third: John Hollandsworth, guitar
Fourth: Thomas Chestnut, tuba
Fourth: Corbin Phillips, baritone
Motivational Award: Tabitha Atchley, flute, Eagleville High School
Vocal Award: Katie Hahn, soprano, Siegel High School
Junior High Division (7th and 8th grades)
First: Carmel MacKrell, violin, Homeschool
Second: Meredith Lee, cello, Homeschool
Third: Timothy Whitlock, guitar, Homeschool
Senior High Division (High School)
First: Christa Mackrell, violin, Homeschool
Second: Nora Lee, viola, Homeschool
Third: Nicole Neeley, bassoon, Blackman High School
Third: Justin Bowen, piano, Siegel High SchoolFourth: Mary Grace Johnson, violin, Providence Christian Academy