Welcome to the web page for Laurie Frink.
Its purpose is to honor her and prepare the way for her legacy to continue – to inspire and promote artistic integrity, beauty, grace, and humor.
In addition, it is to announce the creation of the Laurie Frink Career Grant.
The mission of this grant is to offer to a young brass player an opportunity for serious study or to undertake a creative project. Watching some of her students struggle with the financial burden was heartbreaking to Laurie. Whenever possible, she would put them on her own personal scholarship – free lessons. The goal is to be a grant of $10,000 awarded to an extraordinarily talented player every two years: a grant that would be life changing.
2nd Winner: Tony Glausi
On September 25th, Tony will join Jeff Beal and the John McNeil Quartet for the Award Ceremony and final concert of the FONT Festival at the New School, New York. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
Hailed as “a great writer and a terrific trumpet player” by legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, and said by jazz artist Dave Douglas to be “one of the finest young trumpeters”, Tony Glausi is establishing his voice in the music industry as an award-winning trumpeter, keyboardist, composer, arranger, and producer with a distinct story to tell.
Among other accolades, Tony placed 1st in the Jazz Division of the National Trumpet Competition in March of 2014 and has been recognized and awarded by Downbeat Jazz & Blues Magazine for several outstanding improvisational performances and for his small ensemble composition, Something to be Remembered For—the opening track from his debut record, Identity Crisis.
With a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from the University of Oregon, Tony is continuing his studies at the UO as a graduate teaching assistant while pursuing his master’s in jazz composition and studying privately with Brian McWhorter and Steve Owen. As a student there, Tony composes for and performs and records with university ensembles including the prestigious Oregon Jazz Ensemble, the JazzArts Oregon Combo, the UO Trumpet Ensemble, and the university’s premier brass quintet. He is also actively involved with other Oregon-based groups including Red Pants Trio, TopHat, OrchestraNEXT, Beta Collide, and the Eugene Composer’s Big Band.
A passionate and devoted music educator as well, Tony works for the University of Oregon, the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, and in communities both local and abroad. He teaches a variety of classes, maintains a private lesson studio, and consistently engages with middle schools, high schools, colleges, and summer camps throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Inaugural Winner: Riley Mulherkar
Riley Mulherkar has been recognized as a “smart young trumpet player” (The New York Times) and praised by The Wall Street Journal as a “youngster to keep an eye on.” Born and raised in Seattle, Riley moved to New York in 2010 to study at The Juilliard School, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and his Master’s in 2015, receiving the Knowles Prize for Jazz and the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. He is also an inaugural recipient of Juilliard’s Marks Fellowship. In 2011, Riley was named a “rising jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis in JET Magazine, and in 2014 was the first recipient of the Laurie Frink Career Grant at the Festival of New Trumpet Music.
Riley has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, and Carnegie Hall, and has shared the stage with Marsalis, Leonard Slatkin, and Dave Douglas, among others. Riley is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that has premiered over 50 original works since its inception in 2011. Their debut album, Wish The Children Would Come On Home, was hailed as “an impressive feat from almost any angle” (Nate Chinen, JazzTimes), and named Debut Album of the Year by NPR Music’s Francis Davis.
Riley is actively engaged in educational outreach. He has taught at Harlem School of the Arts, and founded the music program at stART Osceola, a summer arts intensive in Florida, where he has taught the past five years. He has also facilitated master classes in Brazil, Mexico, and across the United States.