St. Anthony Park teen wins Schubert Club competition

Russell Sweet. Photo by Medora Sweet

Russell Sweet                             Photo by Medora Sweet

Russell Sweet, a finalist in the 93rd annual Schubert Club Scholarship Competition in the Brass and Woodwind I division (high school), was named the first-prizewinner on March 19 and received a $2,000 scholarship.

Sweet played Fantaisie sur un théme original by Jules Demesserman, and Brillance for alto saxophone and piano by Ida Rose Esther Gotkovsky. He and all other winners then performed March 20 at the Ordway Concert Hall 2016 Winners Recital. Sweet studies with Dr. Preston Duncan, head saxophone instructor at the University of Minnesota. His accompanist is Theresa Sutula of Minneapolis. He is a senior at Roseville Area High School, where he is involved in multiple musical groups under the direction of Patrick Moriarty and Matt Dehnel.

The son of Michael and Mary Lou Sweet of St. Anthony Park, Sweet plans to continue his musical studies at the University of Minnesota in the fall. Sweet will present a recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 S.E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. All are invited to attend.

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