Project Fusion wins Plowman music grand prize

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 12:43 p.m. CDT; updated 10:21 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

COLUMBIA — A saxophone quartet from Rochester, N.Y., won the $5,000 grand prize at the 2013 Missouri Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Festival. 

The group, Project Fusion, won more than twice as many votes from the audience as the rest of the groups combined, according to a news release from the competition's organizers. 

Others winners were:  

  • Altius Quartet, a string quartet, won $2,000.
  • Kenari Quartet, another saxophone quartet, won $2,000.
  • Orava String Quartet won $500. 
  • Nautilus Brass Quintet won $500. 

The Plowman competition began in 2006 and is a collaboration of the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, the MU School of Music, the First Baptist Church in Columbia and the Missouri Symphony Society.

The competition is named in honor of Janice Plowman, a former Columbia resident and long-time member of the Missouri Symphony Society, the competition's website states. 

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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