Congratulations to Karl Rueterbusch, who was selected as the 2020 Bloomquist Prize winner. Karl is a 16-year-old marimbist from Frankenmuth. He currently performs with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and the Mott Community College Jazz Band. Karl won first place in the Flint School of Performing Arts Concerto Competition, and performed as a soloist with the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra in the 2018-19 season. He was selected to perform at the Indiana University Ensemble Camp Honors Recital, and has also received numerous scholarships, including the St. Cecilia Society and Paul Torre Music Awards. Musicians he is inspired by include John Coltrane, Olivier Messiaen, and Igor Stravinsky.
Karl will be the featured soloist at an upcoming concert. The exact date and time will be determined after COVID-19 restrictions have lifted. He will perform the Concerto for Marimba written by Emmanuel Séjourné.
The 2020–21 season marks our 75th anniversary. To celebrate the milestone, we have commissioned a new work for concert band from composer Andrew Boysen.