Little Silver, NJ - Matt Rosen, 18, of Little Silver, who graduated from Red Bank Regional (RBR) in June, continues to soar to new heights as a concert clarinetist. On June 12, through the 14th, he traveled to the University of Oklahoma to compete in the National Young Artist Competition as one of five finalists from around the US. He was humbled and yet ecstatic to win that competition.
“This was a big competition and really well-known around the country for all clarinetists. It was an honor to just be selected as a finalist, and after hearing how good everyone was I did not expect to win.”
Matt was given the opportunity to play the world premiere performance of the piece written for the competition for the entire festival audience. He opened for the headliner, Oklahoma University’s Clarinet Choir, the day after the competition. As a first place winner, he also received a new clarinet, many clarinet accessories and a cash prize.
Matt, who plays the bass clarinet and saxophone in addition to the Bb clarinet, will continue to perform throughout the summer traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to play in the International Clarinet Association Festival, and upstate New York for the New York Summer Music Festival. He will also attend a week-long chamber group program at Rutgers University. By the end of the summer he heads off to the Eastman School of Music which is part of the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY. There he will study music performance with a concentration in clarinet to achieve his career goal of becoming a musician in a professional orchestra.
Matt was an instrumental major in the RBR Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (VPA). In addition to his college preparatory curriculum, he studied music subjects for 82 minutes each day with a concentration on clarinet. Matt decided after his freshman year in the VPA to pursue a professional career in music.
He states of the VPA program, “I think the program of study helped me grow as a musician and to mature a lot.”