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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

May 22, 2019

Experience the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition from the perspective of the judges who listened to the participants.  They talk about their experience at Fischoff, give us insight as to what they’re looking for in a group when they’re judging, and they’ll answer the questions that my listeners sent me before I left!


Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition:




Marc Reese – Trumpet – Winds/Brass Junior Division -

  • Marc Reese is the Assistant Dean and Brass Department Head for Lynn University's Conservatory of Music and he’s well known for his near two-decade tenure in the world-famous Empire Brass Quintet.

Toyin Spellman-Diaz – Oboe – Winds/Brass Junior Division -

  • Toyin Spellman-Diaz has built a reputation as a world-class oboist, both as an orchestral musician, and as a member of the renowned Imani Winds. She is on faculty at Brooklyn College.

Jeffrey Zeigler – Cello – Strings/Piano Junior Division -

  • Jeffrey Ziegler was the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons and is acclaimed as one the most versatile cellist of our time. He is on the Cello Faculty at Mannes College’s New School For Music.

Rebecca Fischer – Violin – Strings/Piano Junior Division -

  • Rebecca Fischer was the first-violinist of the Chiara Quartet for eighteen years and is praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing.” She is currently teaching violin and chamber music at the Mannes School of Music and at the Greenwood Music Camp, and writes about artistry and creativity for publications such as Strings Magazine and the SHAR Music blog.



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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a huge thank you to my producer, Bella Kelly!




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