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Release: April 5, 2000

University of Iowa student wins national competition for brass instruments

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jessica Wach, a tuba and euphonium student of Professor Robert Yeats at the University of Iowa School of Music, has won the Collegiate Brass Competition of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) held March 27 during the organization’s national convention in Minneapolis.

Wach, a senior music education major at the UI, performed on the euphonium for the competition. She was accompanied by Ben Hagen, a piano student of Carole Thomas of the School of Music.

In order to compete at the national level of the competition, Wach had to win competitions in Iowa and the eight-state North Central Region of the MTNA. By winning those contests, Wach advanced to the national competition in Minneapolis. As the national winner in the brass competition, she performed on the winner’s recital, held March 28 during the convention. She also received the first-prize award of $2,100.

Wach plays first-chair euphonium in the UI Symphony Band and has performed with the University Symphony and the Quad-City Symphony. She was also the winner of the 1999-2000 Concerto Competition in the School of Music, earning the opportunity to play as soloist with the UI Chamber Orchestra on their concert held April 2 in Clapp Recital Hall.

Wach is the daughter of Tom and Janice Wach of Davenport, both of whom were tuba majors in the School of Music in the 1970s.