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Friday, February 19, 2010
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The winners of the William T. Gower Awards competition will perform as soloists with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The annual “Future Stars” concert, which presents the best and brightest student musicians in the Southern Miss School of Music, has become an audience favorite for more than 22 years. The William T. Gower Awards competition is a highly competitive and rigorous contest presented in honor of Gower, a widely respected woodwind musician and former professor of music at Southern Miss.

The 2009-10 winners and “Future Stars” include flutist Lindsey Keay of Austin, Texas; trumpeter Bruno Lourensetto of Brazil; and saxophonist Thomas Giles of Colorado Springs, Colo.

“These very talented students will be our stars of tomorrow,” said Dr. Jay Dean, music director of the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. Gower inspired many budding musicians through his impressive career performances at music conventions, high schools, colleges and universities. He died in July 2003, but his legacy continues to inspire musicians like Keay, Lourensetto and Giles to reach for the stars.

All three winners will perform music that has earned them distinction among their peers, including Jolivet’s “Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra” featuring Keay; Lars-Erik Larsson’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone” featuring Giles; and Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s “Concerto for Trumpet” featuring Lourensetto.

Keay, a master’s candidate in flute performance and a native of Calgary, Canada, moved to Houston at age 10 and is a three-time Texas All-State musician. In addition to performance and teaching experience in Texas, she performed in Salzburg, Austria with the Austrian-American Mozart Academy and traveled to Singapore as a guest artist and clinician.

She is a master’s candidate in flute performance as well as a graduate assistant.  She enjoys performing regularly with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Flute Choir, Steel Pan Orchestra and Meridian Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she serves as a graduate assistant and plans to continue her studies at Southern Miss, pursuing a doctoral degree in music education.

Lourensetto, a master’s candidate in trumpet performance, is also a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, a multicultural, world-class symphony orchestra of 100 gifted musicians led by Placido Domingo.

Currently, he serves as a teaching assistant, member of the Southern Arts Brass Ensemble, Graduate Brass Quintet and coaches Trumpet5, the Southern Miss Trumpet Quintet. In February, Lourensetto will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York under the baton of Valery Gergriev with soloist Joshua Bell.

Giles, the third winner of the Gower competition, is a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree of music in saxophone performance. In 2008, he won the University Bands Concerto Competition and recently placed first in the 2009 Minnesota Music Teachers Association Young Concert Artist Division. He is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Camp Summer Music Program and an avid doubler. Currently, he holds the alto chair of the Krang Saxophone Quartet, a chamber music ensemble at Southern Miss.

“Later in life, we will be able to say that we knew them [Gower competition winners] when they were students here at Southern Miss,” said Dean.

Musical selections include Brahm’s “Academic Festival Overture” and Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria Von Weber” featuring guest conductor, German Cespedes.

The Symphony Orchestra’s 2009-10 season is sponsored by BancorpSouth. For a preview of the “Future Stars” concert, visit Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $18, $22, $26 and may be purchased at the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425.  Tickets may be ordered online at

The 2009-10 winners and “Future Stars” include from left, trumpeter Bruno Lourensetto of Brazil; flutist Lindsey Keay of Austin, Texas; and saxophonist Thomas Giles of Colorado Springs, Colo. These students represent the best and brightest musicians in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music. (Submitted photo)

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