Lynn University recently welcomed some of the world’s most prestigious trumpet students and educators to the Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition. The inaugural event was founded and directed by Lynn Trumpet Professor and Assistant Dean Marc Reese, who studied under Voisin at Boston University and Tanglewood Music Center.
“Roger Voisin’s inspiration and leadership prepared me and so many others for the careers we enjoy today,” said Reese. “I am so honored and thankful that we are able to celebrate his memory with this competition.”
Thirty-five applicants from Belgium, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the United States, and Venezuela submitted video auditions, which were reviewed by three former Voisin students. Joseph Foley of the Portland Symphony, Kurt Dupuis of the President’s Own Marine Band and Jon Dante of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra narrowed the competition to eight semi-finalists.
On Jan. 13, semi-finalists performed with Lynn pianists Sheng-Yuan Kuan and Lisa Leonard for world-renowned trumpeters and judges Eric Aubier, Jens Lindemann and Timothy Morrison at Lynn’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center. Three students were chosen to compete in the final round and perform two concerti with the Lynn Philharmonia.
Twenty-two-year-old Steven Franklin earned first place and was awarded $5,000. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Franklin studies under David Bilger at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Maximillian Morel and Federico Montes, both 23-year-old students at The Juilliard School, took second and third place, respectively. French-born Morel trains with Louis Hanzlik and was awarded $2,500. Montes, who received $1,500, is originally from Colombia and studies with Mark Gould.
One of Lynn’s own students, Brian Garcia, a student of Reese’s, was selected by the judges as the alternate in the final round.
“This word-class competition helps create a pathway for young artists in pursuit of a performing career,” said Jon Robertson, dean of the Lynn Conservatory of Music. “Marc has been the motivating force behind this competition that honors Roger—one of America’s most influential classical trumpet players.”
Voisin (June 26, 1918–Feb. 13, 2008) joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1935 at the age of 17 and performed there for 38 years. He also performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, served as faculty member at Boston University and Tanglewood Institute, and chaired the Brass and Percussion Department at the New England Conservatory of Music.
The Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition was made possible by Douglass and Susan Kay with support from the Voisin Family Trust.