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OCU Junior Called 'Among Finest Young Trumpet Artists in the World'
Ryan Beach, a junior trumpet performance major at the Bass School of Music, finished second in the 2009 National Trumpet Competition, hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. "Winning second place in this competition puts Ryan among the finest young trumpet artists in the world today," said Dr. Karl Sievers, general manager of the competition. Beach was one of six finalists chosen from 43 semifinal competitors, culled from more than 100 trumpeters who submitted recorded auditions. Beach performed Bozza’s “Rustiques” in the finals, held March 15. "To be accepted into the semifinal round is a major achievement," said Dr. Sievers. " To make it to the final round is particularly significant. Ryan represented his teacher, Michael Anderson, and the OCU Bass School of Music extremely well, both in terms of his gentlemanly poise and in terms of his artistry on the trumpet." The National Trumpet Competition is now actually “international,” even though the name has not changed since going international a few years ago," said Sievers. " It is the most significant event of its kind in the world today." Beach studies at Oklahoma City University's Bass School of Music with Professor Michael Anderson, associate professor of trumpet. For additional information on the competition, visit http://www.nationaltrumpetcomp.org Before the competition, Beach had already received two national awards from the International Trumpet Guild. Beach won the guild's Young Artist Award, which was based on teacher recommendations and his resume of performances. He also received an ITG Conference Scholarship to attend its annual trumpet convention in 2007. This recognition brings him worldwide exposure through the ITG website and guild membership. "Ryan competed against 18- to 23-year-olds from all over the word and won a scholarship as a freshman," Anderson said. "It is considered the most difficult category to win." Beach also won the 2007 Lincoln Municipal Band's 14th Annual John Shildneck Young Artist Competition in Nebraska. In addition to a cash prize, he performed a cornet solo with the Lincoln Municipal Band.