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The H2 Graduate Saxophone Quartet won 1st place and gold medals in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Wind Division last night. This competition was held this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday in South Bend, IN and featured select chamber music groups from colleges, universities and conservatories throughout the country.

Members of this quartet are all graduate students in the saxophone performance program at Michigan State University. They are Jeff Loeffert, Soprano Saxophone, Geoff Deibel, Alto Saxophone, Jonathan Nichol, Tenor Saxophone, and Kim Goddard, Baritone Saxophone. Their program included works by Bozza, Florio, Gotkovski, Penderecki, and Piazzolla. Second place (silver medals) was awarded to a woodwind quintet from Yale and third place (bronze medals) was a brass quintet from Boston University.
 

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Congrats to them! It's good to know that saxophonists are starting to dominate these competitions! First MTNA, now Fischoff. That's awesome! Is Jonathan Nichol the son of John Nichol at Central Mich?
 

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No, a piano trio from Oberlin took the grand prize. It's almost impossible for a wind group to beat a string group. It has only happened once in Fischoff's History
Actually it has happened at least 3 times. In '95 and '02 wind quintets won. And in 2001 Tim McAllister and the Ninth Circle Saxophone Quartet won.
 
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