OU saxophone student honored

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published January 2, 2018

 Oakland University freshman Brant Ford received a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation honorable mention in classical saxophone.

Oakland University freshman Brant Ford received a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation honorable mention in classical saxophone.

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ROCHESTER HILLS — An Oakland University freshman music student recently received a prestigious national honor.

Brant Ford, a Kentucky native, received a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation honorable mention in the category of classical saxophone.

“As a freshman, Brant is building quite an impressive resume of performance accomplishments,” Jeffrey Heisler, OU assistant professor of music, said in a statement. “His tonal and technical prowess is mature beyond his age, and what I admire most about Brant is his tremendous work ethic that is infectious to the rest of the OU saxophone studio. Brant is also a joy to teach — he has all the ingredients to become a world-class performer.”

Established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison, the YoungArts Foundation offers awards to emerging artists ages 15-18 from across the country. Winners are selected by an independent panel of accomplished artists.

“This extraordinary group of young artists represents the vibrancy of our culture for years to come, and we look forward to supporting and encouraging them at key junctures in their careers,” Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts president, said in a statement. “I applaud all of our extraordinary panelists in making this year’s selection, one of the most competitive in YoungArts’ history.”

YoungArts winners receive financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development, and educational experiences working with renowned mentors like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis and more.

Winners also receive performance and exhibition opportunities at leading cultural institutions across the country.

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen as an honorable mention winner,” Ford said in a statement. “This was my first time auditioning for this competition, and it was such an interesting experience for me.”

Ford is also eligible to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs, and he will join a professional network of distinguished artists.

“I’m especially excited to meet fellow winners at the regional program in New York City in 2018,” Ford said.

For more information, visit youngarts.org.