Concerto and Vocal Competition

Concerto and Vocal Competition

MYO Concerto and Vocal Competition Finalists

Congratulations to our top sixteen finalists of the 2017-2018 MYO Concerto and Vocal Competition!

Instrumental Finalists Division I (grades 4-8)

Aaron Chu, violin, Herricks Middle School
Gabrielle Garra, piccolo, Cold Spring Harbor Jr/Sr High School
Katlyn Smith, violin, Ronkonkoma Middle School
Eileen Zhao, violin, North Shore Middle School

Vocal Finalists Division I (grades 4-8)

Nylah Claude, child’s voice, Leonard E. Burket Christian School
Michelle Cuocci, soprano, Kellenberg Memorial High School
Samantha Horowitz, alto, Merrick Avenue Middle School
Sofia Tsahalis, soprano, Merrick Avenue Middle School

Instrumental Finalists Division II (grades 9-12)

Kenny Kim, clarinet, Roslyn High School
Serene Lee, violin, Manhasset High School
Amelia Libbey, flute, Northport High School
Hanna Yen, viola, Herricks High School

Vocal Finalists Division II (grades 9-12)

Grace Donofrio, alto, Rocky Point High School
Deborah Meirowitz, soprano, Jericho High School
Malaya Press, soprano, Baldwin High School
Alexis Torres, tenor, Patchogue-Medford High School

These finalists will perform their competition piece on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7PM at the Congregational Church of Huntington located in Centerport, NY. The concert is free and open to the public. Please join us for an evening of beautiful music-making!

Thank you to all of our MYO members who submitted Concerto and Vocal Competition applications and shared their exceptional talent with us!

Please call 516-365-6961 or email us admin@myo.org if you have any questions about the competition.


Awards

The 1st place winners of the competition, one instrumentalist and one vocalist from each of the Divisions, will win a cash award in the amount of $500 each and may be able to perform as a soloist with their MYO ensemble during the spring 2018 or fall 2018 concerts.

There will also be cash awards for the 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place winners, in each of the Instrumental and Vocal categories.

Previous Concerto and Vocal Competitions

2016-2017 Competition

The MYO Concerto and Vocal Competition Finalists Concert was held Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport, NY. We were treated to an evening of phenomenal performances by our top ten finalists: Rachel Chang, violin; Catherine Daniels, soprano; Grace Donofrio, alto; Amanda Duspiva, soprano; Victor Jiao, violin; Christina Kim, violin; Fiona Lyngstad-Hughes, soprano; Kentaro Matsushima, cello; Matthew Rhee, cello; Polly Taylor, soprano

We are proud to present our winners:
First Place Instrumental: Victor Jiao, violin, Ward Melville High School
Second Place Instrumental: Christina Kim, violin, Herricks High School
Third Place Instrumental: Rachel Chang, violin, Manhasset High School

First Place Vocal: Amanda Duspiva, soprano, Sachem High School North
Second Place Vocal: Grace Donofrio, alto, Rocky Point High School
Third Place Vocal: Fiona Lyngstad-Hughes, soprano, Great Neck South High School

Our performers received certificates following the concert and our winners received cash awards in the amounts of $500 (1st place), $200 (2nd place), and $100 (3rd place).

A special thank you to our MYO families, school and private music teachers, and pianists for your support and encouragement throughout the competition.

First place winner and violinist Victor Jiao will perform Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 Allegro non troppo with the Suffolk Principal Orchestra on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts at LIU Post.

First place winner and soprano Amanda Duspiva performed Mozart’s Un moto di gioia, from The Marriage of Figaro, with pianist Brad Drinkwater at the Suffolk Choir concert on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Staller Center.

2016-2017 Concerto and Vocal Competition Finalists

2015-2016 Competition

The MYO Concerto and Vocal Competition Finalists Concert was held Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport, NY. We were treated to an evening of spectacular performances by our finalists: Catherine Daniels, soprano; Alan Jian, clarinet; Joanna Lau, flute; Jeremy Lopez, tenor; Noah Mond, tenor; Matthew Rhee, cello; John Sepanski, bassoon; Benjamin Truncale, tenor; Alexandra Woroniecka, violin
Due to illness, finalist Amanda Duspiva was unable to perform.

We are pleased to present our winners:
First Place Instrumental: Joanna Lau, flute, Herricks High School
Second Place Instrumental: Alexandra Woroniecka, violin, Great Neck South Middle School
Third Place Instrumental: John Sepanski, bassoon, Cold Spring Harbor High School

First Place Vocal: Benjamin Truncale, tenor, Saint Agnes Cathedral School
Second Place Vocal: Catherine Daniels, soprano, Newfield High School
Third Place Vocal: Jeremy Lopez, tenor, Hicksville High School

Our performers received certificates following the concert and our winners received cash awards in the amounts of $500 (1st place), $200 (2nd place), and $100 (3rd place).

Special thanks to all of our competition applicants, and to their parents, teachers and pianists who supported them.

First place winner and flute player Joanna Lau performed Borne’s Fantasy on Themes from Carmen with the Nassau Principal Orchestra on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.

First place winner and tenor Benjamin Truncale performed Puccini’s Che gelida manina, from La Bohème at the Nassau Choir concert on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.

2016 MYO Concerto and Vocal Competition Finalists 1.27.2016

2014-2015 Competition

The MYO Concerto and Vocal Competition Finalists Concert was held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport, NY. We were treated to an evening of beautiful, professional performances by our top ten finalists: Jake Buhler, violin; Robert Catinella, bass; AJ LaBarca, cello; Veronica Mak, alto; Sarah Miller, cello; Noah Mond, alto; Mary Kate Petsky, soprano; Emily Shallbetter, soprano; Catherine Sweeney, soprano; Alexandra Woroniecka, violin

We are pleased to present our winners:
First Place Instrumental: AJ LaBarca, cello, H.B. Thompson Middle School
Second Place Instrumental: Sarah Miller, cello, Locust Valley High School
Third Place Instrumental: Alexandra Woroniecka, violin, Great Neck South Middle School

First Place Vocal: Emily Shallbetter, soprano, East Meadow High School
Second Place Vocal: Catherine Sweeney, soprano, Baldwin High School
Third Place Vocal: Noah Mond, alto, Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School

Our performers received certificates following the concert and our winners received cash awards.

First place winner and cellist AJ LaBarca performed the first movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Nassau Principal Orchestra on Saturday, November 21, 2015 in Colden Auditorium at Queens College.

First place winner and soprano Emily Shallbetter performed Bellini’s Ma rendi pur contento, from 15 Composizione da Camera at the Nassau Choir concert on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.

Finalists Group Shot 2.4.2015

2013-2014 Competition

The MYO Concerto and Vocal Competition Finalists Concert was held Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Commack Middle School in Commack, NY. We were treated to an evening of spectacular performances by our top ten finalists: Simon Lee, oboe; Thomas Loomis, bass voice; Emily Mantone, cello; Sarah Miller, cello; Jacqueline Minogue, soprano; Noah Mond, alto; John Sepanski, bassoon; Leah Stevens, flute; Amanda Sweeney, treble voice; Joslyn Thomas, mezzo-soprano — and we’re excited to present our three winners!

First Place: Leah Stevens, flute, East Islip High School
Second Place: Sarah Miller, cello, Locust Valley High School
Third Place: Simon Lee, oboe, Bronx High School of Science

Leah, Sarah and Simon were all presented cash awards following the concert.

First place winner and flute player Leah Stevens performed the third movement of Jacques Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with Director Phil Preddice and the Suffolk Principal Orchestra at Hofstra University on March 22, 2014.

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2011-2012 Competition

The MYO Concerto Competition Finalists Concert was held Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, NY. Six finalists performed while competing for monetary awards and a chance to perform as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in May 2012. The finalists were: Brianna Ambrosino (clarinet), Suehyun Jade Park (oboe), Leah Stevens (flute), Michael Stevens (piano), Madeleine Vaillancourt (violin) and Kevin Yu (violin). The results were as follows:

First Place: Madeleine Vaillancourt, violin, Special Guest
Second Place: Leah Stevens, flute, East Islip High School
Third Place: Jade Park, oboe, Syosset High School

First place winner and violinist Madeleine Vaillancourt performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin in E minor with Director Phil Preddice and the Suffolk Principal Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in June, 2012.

Concerto Finalists 2012

2010-2011 Competition

The MYO Concerto Competition Finalists Concert was held on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center in Garden City, NY. The finalists were Michelle Cozzi (percussion), Tiffany Huang (bassoon), Jessica Kambic (clarinet), Soo Yeon Kim (violin), and Ashley Thakur (violin). The results were as follows:

First Place: Michelle Cozzi, percussion, Oceanside High School
Second Place: Ashley Thakur, violin, Herricks High School
Third Place: Soo Yeon Kim, violin, Jericho High School

First place winner and percussionist Michelle Cozzi performed Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra with Director Scott Stickley and the Nassau Principal Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in June, 2011.

Concerto Finalists 2011

2009-2010 Competition

First place winner and violinist Angela Wee was the winner of the 2010 Concerto Competition. She performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with Director Salvatore Vittorio and the Nassau Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in May, 2010.

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2008-2009 Competition

First place winner and violinist Katherine Liccardo was the winner of the 2009 Concerto Competition. She performed Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Director Scott Stickley and the Nassau Principal Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in June, 2009.

Liccardo, Katerine