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January 2014 Young Artist Award Winner

Eli Ross, seventeen, is a senior at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. Born into a family of musicians—his parents are principal and assistant principal cellists in the Minnesota Orchestra—he began studying piano at age five and trumpet at age seven with Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter, Robert Dorer.

Eli began attending Interlochen Arts Center at the age of eight and has returned every summer since, often receiving merit scholarships. At Interlochen, he studies with John Aley and Vincent DiMartino, has performed on numerous honor recitals, and, for the past two summers, has been a member of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

In Minneapolis, Eli has been a member of the Minnesota Youth Symphony and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, serving as principal trumpet for both groups for the past six years. He will travel to Spain, performing principal trumpet on Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Copland's Appalachian Spring with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony in June of 2014. He has enjoyed additional private studies with Minnesota Orchestra principal trumpeter Manny Laureano and has formed a brass quintet with other principals of the Minnesota Youth Symphony.

At Southwest High School, Eli has played in the orchestra, wind ensemble, and big band, studies private voice, and is a member of the award winning Southwest Singers. He also performs regularly as a so­loist at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Upon his graduation from middle school, Eli received the outstanding musician award from Lake Harriet Community School; and that same year, he also won first prize in the Thursday Musical solo competition. Most recently, in June 2013, Eli won both an ITG Conference Scholarship and first prize in the ITG High School Solo Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eli has also attended ITG conferences held in Minneapolis in 2011 and New Jersey in 2006 when his late grandfather, trumpet master Leon Rapier, was given an ITG Award of Merit.

Outside of practicing trumpet, Eli has been a member of the basketball, baseball, and swim teams at Southwest High School and served as a volunteer for the Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2012–13 season.

Eli plans on auditioning for music schools and conservatories this year, and he looks forward to teaching his first private student. As the January 2014 Young Artist Award recipient, Eli will receive a one-year complimentary membership to ITG.



About the Editor: David Bohnert is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Wayne State College where he teaches conducting, music education, applied trumpet, and brass methods, as well as serving as director for the WSC Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. He holds the Bachelor of Music (Trumpet Performance) and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he also served as a graduate teaching assistant with the University Bands. He has done post-graduate study at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he completed the DMA (Trumpet Performance).

An active performer, Bohnert plays regularly with A Touch of Brass, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Municipal Band, in addition to maintaining an active solo recital schedule. He has recently performed at the International Trumpet Guild conference and the American Guild of Organists conference and is on the recording reviewing staff for the journal of the International Trumpet Guild.

David was selected for the 2009 State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at Wayne State College. He resides in Wayne, Nebraska with his wife Melissa and their three sons, Ethan, Aidan, and Nolan.

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