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


DATE: January 12, 2017

CONTACT: Anthea Jackson, Executive Director
Phone: 516-365-6961

Free Concert Featuring Long Island Teens

The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York (MYO) is proud to present the top ten finalists of the 2017 Concerto and Vocal Competition in a concert on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 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:
Rachel Chang, violin, age 16, Manhasset High School
Catherine Daniels, soprano, age 17, Newfield High School
Grace Donofrio, alto, age 17, Rocky Point High School
Amanda Duspiva, soprano, age 17, Sachem North High School
Victor Jiao, violin, age 15, Ward Melville High School
Christina Kim, violin, age 15, Herricks High School
Fiona Lyngstad-Hughes, soprano, age 15, Great Neck South High School
Kentaro Matsushima, cello, age 16, Walt Whitman High School
Matthew Rhee, cello, age 16, Syosset High School
Polly Taylor, soprano, age 17, Kellenberg Memorial 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 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 1,000 young musicians between the ages of 8 and 18.

For more information, please visit or call (516) 365-6961.