Congratulations to music education senior Luke Gall who will compete in the national Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition to be held in Chicago in March, 2014. Luke earned this honor after winning both the state and eastern division MTNA competitions in November and January. He is the winner of the Young Artist - Brass competition. Luke's competition repertoire is as follows:
- Nocturne, Op. 7 ♦ Franz Strauss
- Concerto for Euphonium ♦ Vaclav Nelhybel
- Con Moto (from Euphonium Concerto) ♦ Joseph Horovitz
- Capriccio ♦ Mike Forbes
- Rabecando ♦ Fernando Deddos
A senior, he is a euphonium student of Velvet Brown. He participates in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Blue Band, Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, and the euphonium quartet FivE. He was awarded Jury Recognition in 2010 and 2012 as a soloist and, with FivE, won second prize in the 2013 Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference quartet competition. FivE was also a quarterfinalist in the 2013 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
Luke is from Goochland, Virginia. When asked about his upcoming national performance, he stated, "I'm thrilled about the opportunity to play and compete with the best this upcoming March. It truly is an honor to be representing Pennsylvania, the Eastern division, and Penn State at the MTNA Nationals in Chicago!"
The Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society, and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest professional music association in the United States.