MSU music student wins first place in international competition
Sally Podrebarac, a Minot State University junior music performance major, won first prize in the 28 years of age and younger category at the 2010 "International Women's Brass Conference Solo Competition" in the horn division and was among the finalists for the Grand Prize. The competition was held in Toronto. Podrebarac is a Bismarck native and student of Mark Boren, MSU coordinator of brass studies.
The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Podrebarac of Bismarck, Sally has achieved numerous awards for her horn performance. In addition to being principal horn with the MSU Concert Band, Podrebarac also plays principal horn with the Minot Symphony Orchestra.
"Sally exemplifies the spirit of excellence found at Minot State University's music program and is a shining example to young aspiring musicians everywhere," Boren said. "Her recent first prize award at the International Women's Brass Conference Solo Competition is just one example of the many awards and accolades she has received as a result of her talent, hard work and dedication to success in music."
For the past two years, Podrebarac earned first chair responsibilities with the North Dakota Intercollegiate Concert Band, which comprises the best musicians selected from seven higher education campuses in North Dakota. In addition to her two years attending Minot State University under the tutelage of Boren, Podrebarac has represented Minot State at such summer music festivals as the San Francisco Brass Institute, the International Horn Symposium, the Barry Tuckwell Institute, Hot Springs Music Festival and Eastern Music Festival.
The International Women’s Brass Conference, which attracts brass players from all over the world, is considered one of the most competitive events for brass players 28 years old and younger. Podrebarac is now into her third year of study with Boren at Minot State University.