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

: January 27, 2015
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 2015 Concerto and Vocal Competition in a concert on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 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:
Jake Buhler, violin, age 17, Lake Grove, NY
Robert Catinella, double bass, age 17, Massapequa, NY
AJ LaBarca, cello, age 13, Woodbury, NY
Veronica Mak, alto voice, age 17, Manhasset, NY
Sarah Miller, cello, age 17, Bayville, NY
Noah Mond, alto voice, age 13, Stony Brook, NY
Mary Kate Petsky, soprano, age 16, Garden City, NY
Emily Shallbetter, soprano, age 16, East Meadow, NY
Catherine Sweeney, soprano, age 16, Baldwin, NY
Alexandra Woroniecka, violin, age 12, Great Neck, NY

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; Dr. David Gaines, NYSSMA President; and Professor Maureen Hynes, Director of Orchestra and String Studies at LIU Post. 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 is committed to fostering a community of talented young musicians from the greater Long Island area, 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 950 young musicians between the ages of 8 and 18 throughout the Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island.

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