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WINSTON-SALEM – Seville Jenkins, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), recently won the S.E. Shires Solo Competition at the Southeast Trombone Symposium.

He will receive a custom-made bass trombone from the Shires company.

The symposium and competition were held at Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.

A native of Hampton, S.C., Jenkins received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Florida State University in 2010. At UNCSA, he is pursuing a Master of Music in Performance. A student of John Ilika, Jenkins has performed as co-principal in the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, and with the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Trombone Quartet. He also performed with the Salem Brass Quintet.

“Seville is a great trombonist and with his gorgeous full tone he serves as one of the bedrocks of the UNCSA symphony orchestra low brass sound,” said UNCSA School of Music Dean Wade Weast.  “So it is no surprise that he won the Shires solo competition.”

“This win is a feather in Seville’s cap and also serves as a testament to the fine teaching of our trombone faculty,” Weast said.

For the competition, Jenkins performed on tenor trombone the required “Fantasie” by Sigismund Stojowski.

S.E. Shires, recognized as a leader in brass instrument design, innovation and manufacture, sponsors the annual competition for symposium participants who are under the age of 26.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.