Aug. 13, 2014/For Immediate Release

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(WINSTON-SALEM) Students and recent alumni from the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) are five of the 40 saxophonists advancing to the live competition of the International Saxophone Symposium And Competition (ISSAC). They advanced from the first round of recorded performance and will compete in two rounds of live competition during the symposium, Oct. 23-26 at Columbus (Ga.) State University’s Schwob School of Music.

The students are Caleb Carpenter, who will be a sophomore this fall, and Dylan Ward, who will be a senior. Both are from Harrisburg, N.C. The alumni are Chemie Ching of Hong Kong, who received a Master of Music this year; Shawna Pennock of Davenport, Iowa, who received a Master of Music in 2013 and a Professional Artist Certificate this year; and Shane Rathburn of Burnsville, who graduated from UNCSA’s high school program in 2009 and received a Bachelor of Music degree in 2013.

“Our saxophone studio, under the expert instruction and mentorship of Taimur Sullivan, is among the finest in the country,” said Music Dean Wade Weast. “I commend these talented musicians, and I congratulate Mr. Sullivan.”

A biennial event, the ISAAC was created in 2012 to celebrate saxophone playing of the highest caliber, and to provide an opportunity for exceptional saxophonists to compete internationally in a North American setting. ISSAC draws saxophonists and saxophone enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.


Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is America’s first state-supported arts school, 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 when it was formed in 1972. For more information, visit