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MOSC names new principal musician

SPECIAL TO THE ODESSA AMERICAN

The announcement of auditions in May brought musicians from near and far to audition for the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale.

Musicians gathered at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center to audition for MOSC’s Music Director and Conductor, Gary Lewis and the audition team. Following the retirement of Michael Santorelli who served 32 seasons with the MOSC, many were looking to audition for the highly sought after position of Co-Principal Trumpet.

A coveted position in the orchestra that also includes a seat in MOSC’s chamber ensemble Lone Star Brass.

The audition process requires candidates to apply, audition and win their position in the orchestra. Today MOSC announced that the position had been successfully filled.

Ben Fairfield has been named co-principal trumpet and will join the MOSC orchestra and Lone Star Brass.

“The musician filling this position had to have something special following the 32 season career of the highly respected, Michael Santorelli. The chair was recently endowed in Santorelli’s honor by Karen & Spencer Beal. Ben Fairfield earned the position. He was chosen for his extensive experience and expert playing ability.

We are delighted to have found a musician of this caliber,” said Jeannette Kolokoff, executive director at MOSC.

Fairfield holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and a bachelor of music education degree from James Madison University. He also serves as principal trumpet of the Abilene Philharmonic, member of the Lone Star Winds in Dallas, as well as performing frequently throughout the United States. Fairfield has taught trumpet at Eastern New Mexico University, Auburn University, Barry University, and the University of Miami.

Fairfield is a proud veteran of the United States Army, performing as a member of the United States Continental Army Band at Fort Monroe, Va. With this group, he performed throughout the United States on tours with both the Concert Band and Brass Quintet. In March 2017, Fairfield and pianist Liana Pailodze Harron gave the New York City premiere of Grammy Award winning composer Michael Daugherty’s The Lightning Fields for trumpet and piano at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, NYC. Ben is a Vincent Bach performing artist, a division of Conn-Selmer.

Fairfield will reside in the Permian Basin, and join MOSC for the 2018-2019 season which kicks off on Sept. 8 with “Leonard Bernstein at 100.”

Ben Fairfield has been appointed to co-principal trumpet for the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. He's also a member of the Lone Star Brass Quintet. Fairfield also serves as principal trumpet for the Abilene Philharmonic and member of the Lone Star Winds in Dallas.

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