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Westminster saxophonists take top prize at competition

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Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

NEW WILMINGTON, PA – The Westminster College Nasturtium Saxophone Quartet took home top prize in the chamber music competition at the Pennsylvania chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) music competition held Nov. 4 at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The quartet, which competed against other students from across the state, is comprised of the following Westminster College students:

Abby Grabigel, alto saxophone, is a sophomore music education major from Mercer. She is the daughter of Gerald Grabigel and a graduate of Mercer Area Senior High School.

Liam Horgan, tenor saxophone, is a junior music education major from Pittsburgh. He is the son of Edward and Carol Horgan and a graduate of Keystone Oaks High School.

Angela Renninger, soprano saxophone, is a senior music education/music performance double major from Spartansburg, Pa. She is the daughter of Timothy and Kristina Renninger and a graduate of Youngsville Senior High School.

Timothy Savage, baritone saxophone, is a senior music education/music performance double major from Purcellville, Va. He is the son of Chantelle Savage and a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School.

Savage also earned second place in the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Solo Competition.

All the students of the Westminster College saxophone studio are instructed by Dr. James Flowers, adjunct instructor of saxophone.

Following the MTNA PA top prize, the quartet has a chance of moving on to the regional competition. If they do well at the regional level, they will advance to the national level.