Honoring famed musician Roger Voisin
Named for one of America's most influential classical trumpet players, the Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition has been a dream of Lynn University’s trumpet professor Marc Reese since he came to work at Lynn almost two decades ago. Reese, a student of Voisin, created the competition to honor his teacher and mentor. The Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition is meant to create a venue for trumpeters from all over the world to meet and compete in a positive atmosphere. For Lynn trumpet students, it serves as an invaluable behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a competition, as well as exposure to some of the world’s greatest trumpeters.
The competition was held Jan. 13–14, 2018, in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on Lynn University’s beautiful Boca Raton campus.
Congratulations to the following winners of the inaugural Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition:
- First place: Steven Franklin
- Second place: Maximilian Morel
- Third place: Federico Montes
Marc Reese has always been a strong advocate of new music. To that end, he has decided to present a newly commissioned work every time the competition occurs.
For this inaugural competition, James Stephenson III has been chosen as the commissioned composer.
The Kay Family
The Roger Voisin Trumpet Competition is made possible by a generous donation from Douglass and Susan Kay with support from the Voisin Family Trust. The benefactors have several connections to Lynn. The Kays’ daughter Alexis graduated with a degree in hospitality management in 2006. In addition, Dr. Kay has taught courses at Lynn as an adjunct professor. After retiring from a career in Maryland that spanned mechanical engineering, a psychiatry practice, teaching at Georgetown University and partnering in a health insurance company, Dr. Kay wanted to make a donation to the conservatory in gratitude for the years of performances he and his wife enjoyed. It is no coincidence that this generous donation found itself in the trumpet studio as both Douglass and his brother played the trumpet as young men.
For questions about the competition, contact Marc Reese.
Phone: +1 561-237-9006