The Akropolis Reed Quintet, whose oboist is Timothy Gocklin '14MM, '15AD, won the gold medal in the Senior Wind Division at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
In addition to prize money, Akropolis will participate in Fischoff's Double Gold Tour of the Midwestern United States this fall, alongside the Telegraph Quartet.
The reed quintet—oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon—was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan. Akropolis won Grand Prize at the MTNA and Plowman chamber music competitions consecutively in 2011, and in 2012 the quintet was runner-up at the Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition, silver medalist at the Fischoff Competition, and bronze medalist at the International Chamber Music Competition held at the New England Conservatory.
Now in its 41st year, the Fischoff is the largest chamber music competition in the nation, and attracts the finest young instrumentalists from across the country. Over the course of three very busy days, 48 ensembles representing 25 nationalities competed. The Akropolis Quintet remarked on their website: "Our deepest thanks and most sincere congratulations to all the musicians who participated. It was an honor to participate, and we could not be more excited to finally have met this long term goal."