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August 2, 2013/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



Musicians from UNCSA have won Rosen-Schaffel Competition every year


(Winston-Salem) Saxophonist Shane Rathburn, a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), won the Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists at An Appalachian Summer Festival on July 28. Graduates of UNCSA have won first prize each of the three years the competition has been in existence.

Rathburn, of Burnsville, studied with Taimur Sullivan in UNCSA’s School of Music, receiving a bachelor of music degree. He won a cash prize of $2,000 and the opportunity to perform a complete concerto or comparable work as a featured soloist with the Eastern Festival Orchestra during the 2014 Appalachian Summer Festival. He plans to attend graduate school at Indiana University Bloomington in the Fall.

Last year, flutist Julian Rose (M.M. 2012), who studied with Tadeu Coelho, won the competition. He returned to An Appalachian Summer Festival this year to perform Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Orchestra with the Eastern Festival Orchestra on July 21.

In 2011 saxophonist Benjamin Robinette (M.M. 2011) won the inaugural Rosen-Shaffel Competition. He also studied with Sullivan.


Shane Rathburn, center, with Nancy and Neil Schaffel

Rathburn amassed a record of competition success at UNCSA. As a result of winning the school’s Spring concerto competition in 2012, he performed as a soloist with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in September 2012. He was a member of Eunea Trio, which won first place in the 2012 chamber music competition of the N.C. Music Teachers Association, and he performed with Aidai Saxophone Quartet, which took third prize at the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Competition.

“Shane is the perfect example of how a very talented student can work hard and achieve excellence,” said School of Music Dean Wade Weast. “We are extremely proud of him, and of faculty-artist Taimur Sullivan, whose students have won twice at Rosen-Schaffel.”

The Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition is named in honor of Muriel Rosen and two of her family members, Nancy and Neil Schaffel. Rosen and her husband, Arnold Rosen, founded Appalachian Summer Festival in 1993. The competition is open to students from North Carolina colleges and universities who are rising seniors, graduate students, or recent alumni under the age of 30. The competition is held on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone.

Also competing from UNCSA were graduate students Jennifer Lazarz, a mezzo soprano from Winston-Salem, and Bal Eum Lee, a flutist from South Korea. 


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.