Alumna Takes Home Top 3 Prizes in International Bassoonist Competition

Alumna Rachael Lee ('18) recently took home three top prizes at the internationally recognized Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, which was held virtually this year. Rachael won the Vivaldi Prize, the New Music Prize, and the Media Prize, taking home total prize winnings of USD $7500. She is a junior at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA.

The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium is a three-day event dedicated to bassoon master classes, presentations, performances, and the live semifinal and final rounds of a competition for young women bassoonists from the Americas. 

The mission of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition is to provide an international, competition of the highest caliber for young bassoonists in the Americas who are cis women, trans women, or non-binary individuals who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women. By participating in the competition these individuals will build their confidence, hone their talents, and receive valuable experience towards performance careers. 

Lee describes the competition as life-changing. "I cannot express how honored I am to be a part of such an innovative and artistic competition and how much life and hope and purpose it has given me this past year," said Lee. "And to be included in such a supportive and inclusive community, I cannot even begin to express how truly grateful I am.     

Lee credits her results to the collaboration and teachings of many "beautiful people" in her life, including her family, friends, teachers, and mentors. "I hope I have made my countries - Taiwan and the United States - proud."