Student Ensemble Performs in National Competition

Settlement Music School is thrilled to announce that one of our Advanced Study Ensembles will perform at this weekend's Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana.

The Gray Charitable Trust Piano Trio, coached by Settlement piano and chamber music faculty member and Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair Sandra Carlock, was accepted to the competition earlier this spring. 

The Trio, comprised of violinist Brenden Zak (age 18), cellist Cindy Yeo (age 17), and pianist Kelly Zhang (age 18), has performed together as an ensemble since 2013. The ensemble's selection reflects a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication over the past three years, with preparation for this competition having begun at the start of the 2015-16 season.

The Trio will perform in the Junior Division of the competition at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame this Friday, May 6. If the group advances to the semifinal round on Saturday or to the finals on Sunday, their performances will be streamed live on Fischoff's website.

Numerous Settlement ensembles have been invited to take part in the Fischoff competition since its inception in 1973. Most recently, the Gail W. Snitzer String Quartet, coached by Sidney Curtiss, competed in 2014 and received an Honorable Mention. 

Stay tuned for more news of the group's participation, and please join us in wishing safe travels and a marvelous performance to the musicians, their coach, and their families.