Category Archives: MIC Student Performances

MIC Natural Trumpets at the 2013 MIC Gala

Many thanks to members of the MIC Natural Trumpet Ensembles for their performance at tonight’s Gala Fundraiser for the Music Institute of Chicago at the Four Season’s Hotel in downtown Chicago. The trumpeters ushered guests of the Gala into the ballroom before dinner- a welcome fit for a king! Enjoy some video and photos from the event.

Left to Right: Alex Wenzel, Jerry Sun, John Kinne, Michael Werner, Jefferson Wenzel, Charlie Clarke, Sawyer Lindland, Sasha Boutilier, and Director Chris Hasselbring

Left to Right: Alex Wenzel, Jerry Sun, John Kinne, Michael Werner, Jefferson Wenzel, Charlie Clarke, Sawyer Lindland, Sasha Boutilier, and Director Chris Hasselbring

MIC Trumpet Ensembles at the MIC Early Music Recital

Congratulations to MIC Trumpeters Angelina Escobar, Charlie Lindland, Adam Marquardt, Charlie Clarke, Jerry Sun, Alex and Jefferson Wenzel, Sasha Boutilier, John Kinne, Sawyer Lindland, and Michael Werner on a wonderful performance at the MIC Early Music Recital on Wednesday May 8th at Nichols Concert Hall. I received numerous compliments about the quality of the trumpet playing, and it was great for all of us to have the opportunity to hear the “Chicago Viols” and MIC Recorder Ensemble. Thanks to Patrick O’Malley for organizing the event and to all the MIC parents for their time and energy to make these performances possible. We are very fortunate to have such high level early music instruction at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Please enjoy a snippet of the Advanced Trumpet Ensemble performing the “Little Fugue” by J.S. Bach: To see other fantastic early music performances using the natural trumpet, please visit the “Baroque Trumpet Videos” page.

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Some recent Michael Werner jazz news:

Michael was a finalist for the 12th Annual Jazz Improvisation Competition presented by the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation in February 2012. The final round was held at the Buddy Guy’s Legends blues club and Michael (youngest performer) finished third in his age group, winning $900 and the opportunity to play gigs in Chicago from March until next February with the other finalists.
In January Michael was named an Outstanding Soloist at the Purdue University Jazz Festival, and earned a scholarship to the 2013 Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop at the University of Louisville,KY.
This past fall Michael was the first place winner in the Music Institutes’  Billy Strayhorn Songwriting Competition which was part of MIC’s three day jazz festival. His original composition, entitled “Battle Cry” was performed by a group of professional musicians during the final concert of the festival.  He won a $500 MIC scholarship. Also last fall, as a musician from Evanston Township High School Michael was named an All-District winner by the IMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association) and performed in the All-District jazz band at the Jazz Festival held at Lake Zurich High School.
Congrats Michael!

Michael at the 2013 ETHS Jazz Festival