Cabrillo High School Student Wins International Trombone Competition in Spain
For Immediate Release: September 9, 2015
Contact: Tim Dougherty
Cabrillo High musician is a member of the S.B. Youth Symphony
Santa Barbara, CA — Cabrillo High School senior Connor Rowe recently took top honors in the Gilberto Gagliardi Tenor Trombone Competition in Valencia, Spain. The contest was one of several that took place as part of the 2015 International Trombone Festival held between July 8 and 11 in Valencia. The 17-year-old Lompoc resident was awarded a Schilke large-bore trombone for his winning performance.
“The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony has opened up a number of opportunities for me,” said Connor, who joined the young musicians’ orchestra as a seventh-grader. The ensemble is one of several youth outreach programs offered by the Santa Barbara Symphony.
As a result of his rapid development as a member of the Youth Symphony, Connor was invited to perform Porgy and Bess with the full Santa Barbara Symphony in May.
“The opportunity to play with the Santa Barbara Symphony last spring was tremendous,” he said. “[Principal Trombonist] Andy Malloy worked with me, and helped me to adjust. I think the experience contributed to my focus and composure – qualities that definitely helped me in Spain.”
“Connor personifies everything we hope to instill in each of the young musicians who take part in our educational programs: curiosity, determination, and a genuine love for music. We are very proud of him, and expect more great things from him in the future,” said Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony.
More information on Santa Barbara Symphony educational programs is available at www.thesymphony.org/education/home-landing.
The Santa Barbara Symphony was founded in 1953 on the belief that a special city deserves a special orchestra. Consistently lauded for its unique ability to present brilliant concerts, engage the community, and deliver dynamic music education programs, the organization prizes both innovation and artistic excellence, and is widely recognized as one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Its award-winning Music Education Center serves some 5,000 students throughout Santa Barbara County each year. Charismatic Israeli conductor Nir Kabaretti was appointed music and artistic director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2006. For additional information, visit www.thesymphony.org.
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