The Department of Music held the 2018-19 Concerto and Aria Competition in mid-October. Below you will find the winner, second and third place along with an honorable mention and more information about Cameron Perrin, a flutist from the class of 2021.
Cameron Perrin, flute - Poem by Charles Griffes
Performs December 2nd with the WU Symphony Orchestra
Casey Kim, cello (Lalo Cello Concerto, first mvmt)
Trevor Schultz, saxophone (Creston Sax Concerto, third mvmt)
Declan Heist, voice (Purcell and Sondheim)
About the winner:
Cameron Perrin, class of 2021, is a Cognitive Neuroscience major and Computer Science minor. Cameron grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she played in the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band. At Washington University, Cameron performs with the WU Orchestra, WU Wind Ensemble, and can often be heard as a part of the Bear Nation Varsity Band. She studies flute with Kelly McDermott in Michigan and Jennifer Gartley at Washington University. Additionally, Cameron works in the memory lab in Wash U’s Psychology Department, and she is taking Japanese with the hopes of going to Japan this summer.
“Poem is honestly one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever played. The most important thing to me about a piece of music is the emotion it evokes, and Poem evokes so many different, strong emotions. Griffes likes to play with contrasts in this sense. Most of the piece is very tranquil and mysterious, but other parts of it are exciting and almost reckless. The piece has a flowing tempo, but is interrupted by a very rhythmic theme. Griffes plays each theme off of each other, never letting the listener get bored. I also love how well Poem fits my personal style. There are so many different tone colors in this piece, and as a player who focuses on tone, this piece is the perfect challenge. I both love listening to and playing this piece, and I’m amazed and ecstatic to have the honor of being able to perform it with orchestra.”