Classical MPR has announced the Showcase Artists for its ninth annual Minnesota Varsity classical music showcase for instrumentalists, vocalists and composers.

To participate in Minnesota Varsity, musicians ages 14-18 from around the region were asked to submit a recording of themselves performing. Student composers (also ages 14-18) were invited to submit an original score for violin, cello and piano or any solo or combination of those instruments. For the seventh year, the American Composers Forum (ACF) is a partner with MPR in the composition category.

Minnesota Varsity 2019 Showcase Artists:

  • Elizabeth Kleiber, flute, Hudson, Wis.
  • Lauren Senden, voice, North Mankato, Minn.
  • Emma Taggart, piano, Blaine, Minn.
  • Shuen Wu, piano, Woodbury, Minn.

Showcase Artist by Audience Vote:

  • Beatrice Grant, piano, Waconia, Minn.

Minnesota Varsity 2019 Showcase Composers (selected by ACF):

  • Daniel Fleury, Rochester, Minn.
  • Ian Handeland, Dayton, Minn.

The student musicians received a professional recording session at MPR’s studios, and their music was broadcast on Classical MPR in March. The Featured Composers participated in a composer workshop with musicians Irina Stene (piano), Hocheol Shin (cello), Mary Alice Hutton (violin), and mentor Edie Hill at American Composer Forum’s headquarters at the Landmark Center.

Over the past month, the public has participated in an online Audience Vote at and chose one of the Showcase Artists. ACF selected two Showcase Composers in March.