The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York
13 Myrtle Street, 2nd Floor
Manhasset, NY 11030


January 12, 2018
Anthea Jackson, Executive Director
Phone: 516-365-6961


The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York (MYO) is proud to present the top sixteen finalists of the 2017-2018 Concerto and Vocal Competition in a concert on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 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:

Instrumental Finalists Division I (grades 4-8)
Aaron Chu, violin, age 11, Herricks Middle School
Gabrielle Garra, piccolo, age 13, Cold Spring Harbor Jr/Sr High School
Katlyn Smith, violin, age 12, Ronkonkoma Middle School
Eileen Zhao, violin, age 13, North Shore Middle School

Vocal Finalists Division I (grades 4-8)
Nylah Claude, child’s voice, age 9, Leonard E Burket Christian School
Michelle Cuocci, soprano, age 13, Kellenberg Memorial High School
Samantha Horowitz, alto, age 13, Merrick Avenue Middle School
Sofia Tsahalis, soprano, age 12, Merrick Avenue Middle School

Instrumental Finalists Division II (grades 9-12)
Kenny Kim, clarinet, age 14, Roslyn High School
Serene Lee, violin, age 17, Manhasset High School
Amelia Libbey, flute, age 17, Northport High School
Hanna Yen, viola, age 16, Herricks High School

Vocal Finalists Division II (grades 9-12)
Grace Donofrio, alto, age 18, Rocky Point High School
Deborah Meirowitz, soprano, age 17, Jericho High School
Malaya Press, soprano, age 17, Baldwin High School
Alexis Torres, tenor, age 17, Patchogue-Medford High 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 North Merrick School Music Teacher Margaret Rakas. 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.

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 choral and orchestral 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 1,000 young musicians between the ages of 8 and 18. For more information, please visit or call (516) 365-6961.


ATTACHED IMAGE features the winning design from our 2017-2018 MYO T-Shirt Design Contest, created by MYO member Elise Camillone, celebrating our 25th Anniversary (1993-2018).