Myrna Brown Competition Winners

The Texas Flute Society is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition.

Drew Powell: 1st Place

Drew Powell is a flute student in rigorous preparation for a future career in classical music. He has participated in numerous music competitions, festivals, and performance opportunities, both as a soloist and part of ensembles, and actively continues to do so. He is an advocate of the arts and passionate about spreading the gift of music.

His passion for music performance began at the age of 10 in his hometown of Spokane, WA, and has since taken him to various locations in the USA and abroad. Most recently, he performed as a soloist with the Brigham Young University Philharmonic in March 2016 as a winner of their Concerto Competition. He also participated in the 2014 Da Capo Alliance Flute Class held in Paris, France, where he was awarded the Da Capo Alliance Performance Prize, given to a participant for outstanding performance and artistry. Other notable competitions have included winning the College Division for the Utah Wind Symphony Student Concerto Competition, which included a solo performance with the Utah Wind Symphony. He has had the privilege of working with renowned artists such as William Bennett, Carol Wincenc, Linda Chesis, Julian Beaudiment, and others. He is currently a finalist in the Great Composers Competition “Best Prokofiev Performance” Series.

Drew graduated with a BM in Flute Performance from Brigham Young University under the tutelage of Dr. April Clayton. He is currently continuing his studies with John Thorne at Northwestern University, where he is projected to earn his MM in Flute Performance in 2018.

Drew enjoys living an active lifestyle outside of music. He and his wife love cooking together, and enjoy hobbies including yoga, climbing, hiking, slack lining, and ballroom dance.

 Won Lee: 2nd Place

Won Lee is the first prize winner of Mid-South Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition(2017) and Chicago Flute Club Solo Artist Competition(2013). He has advanced to compete at the Kobe International Flute Competition, National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, Texas Flute Society’s Myrna Brown Artist Competition, and Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Competition at the National level.

In 2016, as a winner of San Francisco Conservatory Concerto Competition, he performed Lowell Liebermann’s Flute Concerto Op. 39 with maestro Scott Sandmier and Berkeley Symphony Orchestra in 2017. He has performed with Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Contemporary Players and Dallas Winds.

Won Lee received his degrees from San Francisco Conservatory of Music(PSD), Peabody Conservatory of Music(MM), and University of Texas at Austin(BM). His principal teachers include Timothy Day, Marianne Gedigian, Marina Piccinini, and Monica Song. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas under Terri Sundberg, Dr. James Scott, and Dr. Elizabeth McNutt. Also, he is currently an associate member    of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. 

Nicholas Goodwin: 3rd Place and Best Performance of Commissioned Work

Nicholas Goodwin is a versatile artist with a varied career as a soloist, educator, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. As a soloist, he has been a finalist in the Houston Flute Club Byron Hester Competition, the Texas Flute Society Myrna Brown Competition, and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Goodwin was also a semifinalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. He has appeared with internationally recognized ensemble Sō Percussion, performs regularly with Tetractys New Music, and was recently a featured soloist with the Butler Baroque in a performance of the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C Major. Summer festival engagements include orchestral and chamber performances at Brevard Music Center and Round Top Festival Institute. He is also currently a semifinalist for the New World Symphony.

Equally accomplished in the pit as on stage, Goodwin has performed with the North American Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, the National Tour of The Sound of Music, and was a member of College Light Opera Company for three seasons. This season, he joins the flute section of Ohio Light Opera. As an educator, Goodwin is currently an active clinician and private instructor based in Austin, Texas. He held the position of Teaching Assistant at Brevard Music Center and has served on the faculties of the Longhorn Music Camp and the White Mountain Flute Conservatory. His principal teachers include Marianne Gedigian, Janet Arms, and Judith Braude. Goodwin holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (MM) and The Hartt School, University of Hartford (BM). 

Previous Winners

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2017 Timothy Hagen Hannah Michelle Leffler Suyeon Ko
2016 Isabel Lepanto Gleicher  Anna Meyer Lauren Watkins
2014 Kristyn Son Jesse Tatum Alexandra Miller
2013 Brittney Balkcom Matthew Ross Emlyn Johnson
2012 Valerie Estes Johnson Joanna Martin François Minaux
2011 Shauna Kay Thompson Terri Sánchez Lissie Okopny
2010 Seth Allyn Morris Shauna Kay Thompson Brittany Foster
2009 Daniel Alexander Brittany Foster I-Jeng Yeh
2008 Pethrus Gardborn Bonnie Ham Hilary Abigana
2007 Rebecca Powell Garfield Bonnie Ham Deanna Little
2006 Elena Yárritu Naomi Seidman
2005 Leah Arsenault Sammy Fuks
2004 Clint Foreman Elena Yárritu Elizabeth Brightbill
2003 Yuki Otsuka Jessica Lizak Jocelyn Goranson
2002 Alexander Viazovtsev Erinn Frechette Li-Chu Huang
2001 Lance Sanford
2000 Erika Leake
1999 Beth Chandler
1998 Stephanie Mortimore
1997 Betsy Thurman Reeds
1996 Maria Harding
1995 Carolyn Brown
1994 Brian Luce
1993 Helen Bledsoe
1992 Beth Walker
1991 Alison Young Rasch
1990 Rebecca West
1989 Helen Blackburn
1988 Paul St. Laurent
1987 Lisa Read and Jill Swetnam
1986 Pam Adams


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