Bryn Carrier, a 9th-grade student at Bob Jones Academy, will travel in January 2016 to the University of South Florida in Tampa to compete as a Division Finalist in the Southern Division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Woodwind Competition.
Bryn, the daughter of Randy and Julie Carrier of Greer, earned this opportunity after being selected the representative of the State Junior Woodwinds Competition of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association held at Coker College in Hartsville. She was first alternate in this competition last year.
She has been studying oboe for four years and is a student of Mary AllyeB Purtle in Greenville. Bryn’s mother, Julie, will serve as her accompanist for the competition—and they will be performing Domenico Cimarosa’s Concerto in C Major, movements I and II; the first movement of Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Oboe; and Georges Guilhaud’s First Concertino for Oboe.
A member of the BJA High School Band and Orchestra, Bryn has already distinguished herself among her peers in musical achievement. She has been the principal oboist for the Greenville County Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for the past two years as well as a Region and All-State Band member for the past three years. In 2014 and 2015, Bryn won the GMTA Junior Woodwind Scholarship Competition; and in 2015, she won a GCYO Philharmonic Scholarship Competition. Bryn auditioned and was accepted into the 2015 South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts Summer Discovery Program, an intensive two-week music study camp. Recently, Bryn was chosen along with a select few high school students to play with the distinguished U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus in a concert at Bob Jones University. Bryn also enjoys singing and ministering in the church orchestra at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville.
The winner of the Southern Division competition will compete in the National Finals during the MTNA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in April 2016.