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John Gough wins Concerto Competition

April 3, 2009

More than 20 music students attended the December audition for the Concerto Competition. Four wind instrumentalists were selected to perform outstanding pieces of technical difficulty and were presented scholarship awards.

Concerto Competition

On March 10, four students performed with the CSU Chamber Orchestra in the annual Concerto Competition.

“The soloists were very professional,” says Wes Kenney, the director of orchestras. “The concerto competition event is always a highlight of the year at the CSU music school.”

This year’s competition judges were Professors Doris and Ozzie Lehnert and Professor Daniel Silver – all from the faculty of CU-Boulder. The decision of the judges, made without consultation, was unanimous.

Competition Chair, Janet Landreth, encouraged the audience to “congratulate these wonderful students who performed at the highest level, and also their teachers who brilliantly prepared them for the concert.”


  • 1st place - John Gough (pictured), French Horn; Mozart’s Horn Concerto in Eb, K 447
  • 2nd place - Duo Clarinetists, Carolyn Smith and Andrew Noble; Krommer’s Concerto for 2 Clarinets
  • 3rd place - Skyler Smith, Bassoon; Hummel’s Bassoon Concerto

Meet John Gough

Gough is a junior performance major at CSU and currently studies French horn with horn professor Matthew Scheffelman. He is a Colorado native and grew up in nearby Boulder County, where seeing the local high school wind ensemble influenced him to pursue the horn. After graduation, Gough spent one year at Metropolitan State College of Denver, then transferred to CSU.

Gough has performed with the Boulder Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, DU Wind Ensemble, and enjoyed a year as assistant principal of the Denver Philharmonic. He has had the privilege of performing with the Fort Collins Wind Symphony, Loveland Symphony, and Fort Collins Symphony.

Gough currently plays with many of the top ensembles at CSU and greatly enjoys performing as fourth horn in the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. He spends most days in Fort Collins enjoying the city, friends, and practicing many hours a day.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603