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Jacobs senior wins School Woodwind Concerto Competition

Briana Tarby, a senior student of Professor Linda Strommen and Associate Professor Roger Roe, has won the annual Woodwind Concerto Competition in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She will perform Richard Strauss's Oboe Concerto with the University Orchestra under the baton of Professor Uriel Segal on Sunday, April 18, at 3:00 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center. Tarby will also receive the Namita Pal Commemorative Award, which is offered annually to the competition winner.

Each year, the Woodwind Concerto Competition features one performer on each of the five woodwind instruments (oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone) who have been selected through preliminary competitions. This year's competition finalists were Jessica Banks, piccolo; Laura Bennett Cameron, bassoon; John Leszczynski, saxophone; Gideon Alon, clarinet; and Briana Tarby, oboe. Saxophonist John Leszczynski was chosen runner-up in this year's final round.

"This year's finalists were all outstanding," said Thomas Walsh, chair of the Woodwinds Department, "which made the judge's task of picking a winner very difficult. Briana played beautifully--a nice, clear tone and graceful phrasing. It will be a real treat for the audience to hear her perform the Strauss concerto with orchestra. It is a gorgeous piece."

Tarby is excited to complete her time at IU with a successful competition and performance with a Jacobs School orchestra. "When I was a younger student here, I dreamed of winning this very competition," she said. "It made all of the hours I spent sitting over my reed desk worth it. I owe so much of my success to my oboe teachers and to my parents. I have loved my education here, especially my private lessons and the incredible orchestral and opera performances that I was able to participate in."


Briana Tarby is a senior in the Jacobs School's Bachelor of Music program. A native of New Jersey, she has also studied with Andrew Adelson and was a recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education. As an orchestral musican, Tarby has served as the principal oboist of several IU orchestras. Over the past three years, she has spent summers studying at Interlochen and Brevard.