FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 16, 2016
CONTACT: Anthea Jackson, Executive Director
The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York (MYO) is proud to present the top ten finalists of the 2016 Concerto and Vocal Competition in a concert on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY 11721. The concert is free and open to the public.
The featured performers are all Long Island-based musicians and MYO members:
Catherine Daniels, soprano, age 16, Newfield High School
Amanda Duspiva, soprano, age 16, Sachem North High School
Alan Jian, clarinet, age 15 Garden City High School
Joanna Lau, flute, age 14, Herricks High School
Jeremy Lopez, tenor, age 17, Hicksville High School
Noah Mond, tenor, age 14, Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School
Matthew Rhee, cello, age 15, Syosset High School
John Sepanski, bassoon, age 17, Cold Spring Harbor High School
Benjamin Truncale, tenor, age 13, Saint Agnes Cathedral School
Alexandra Woroniecka, violin, age 13, Great Neck South Middle School
The finalists will perform their competition piece in the Congregational Church of Huntington and the winners will be chosen by an esteemed jury, including: Dr. David Fryling, Director of Choral Studies at Hofstra University, Professor Maureen Hynes, Director of Orchestra and String Studies at LIU Post, and award-winning teacher and professional musician Peggy Rakas. The competition winners, one instrumentalist and one vocalist, will win a cash award in the amount of $500 each. There will also be cash awards for the 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place winners, in both the instrumental and vocal categories.
The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York (MYO) is committed to fostering a community of talented young musicians from Long Island and providing them with an opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestral and choral masterworks at the highest possible level with recognized leaders in music education and performance. Founded in the fall of 1993 by John C. McNeur, MYO has grown from one orchestra of fifteen members to seven orchestras, a flute choir, and seven choral ensembles, serving over 990 young musicians between the ages of 8 and 18.
For more information, please visit www.myo.org or call (516) 365-6961.
FINALIST PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST