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Phillip Chase Hawkins wins first Sidney Mear Trumpet Prize 12 December, 2007
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The Eastman students pictured with Sidney Mear include winner Phillip Chase Hawkins (2nd from left)
Eastman students pictured with Sidney Mear include winner Phillip Chase Hawkins (2nd from left)

Phillip Chase Hawkins, Eastman School of Music Class of 2007, has been awarded the first Sidney Mear Trumpet Prize, including a cash award of $1500. The award, given to the outstanding Eastman senior trumpet student, is also meant to honor all those who study, teach and play the trumpet. Mear, now 89, is a hugely respected teacher and performer, a former professor at Eastman and former principal trumpet of the Rochester Philharmonic and the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra. To read more about Mear and his extraordinary career please see the ITG Journal article A Life of Excellence in Playing and Teaching: an interview with Sidney Mear, by William Picher (January 2004, p. 25, linked below).

The prize organizers tell us, “Sid enjoyed meeting Phillip and eagerly looks forward to meeting the future recipients and following their careers.”

The Sidney Mear Trumpet Prize was inspired by Eastman’s trumpet students, who performed a thrilling concert for Sid when he was awarded Eastman’s second Alumni Mentor Tribute in October, 2006. The concert began with a specially composed Fanfare for Sid by former student Stanley Friedman and included guest appearances by members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and some of Sid’s former students. The Eastman School of Music Alumni Mentor Prize is given to former professors whose “devotion to students and alumni in personal and professional formation is exceptional. These individuals are an inspiration to others and deserving of admiration, affection and public recognition of what they do.”   

Initially established by Sid’s daughter, the Sidney Mear Trumpet Prize has been enthusiastically greeted by Sid’s former colleagues, students and friends, many of whom have noted that there are not many awards of this type for trumpet students. All hope that there will be sufficient donations to maintain and even enlarge the amount of the cash award. Those wishing to contribute may send checks to Eastman School of Music (att. Suzanne Stover), 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, New York, 14604, USA, with a notation “for the Sidney Mear Trumpet Prize.”

Links:
Eastman School of Music
ITG Journal Mear article (255k PDF)


Source: Karen Parker
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