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


DATE: January 28, 2014

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


The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York (MYO) is proud to present the top ten finalists of the 2014 Concerto and Vocal Competition in a concert on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Commack Middle School, located at 700 Vanderbilt Parkway in Commack, NY 11725. The concert is free and open to the public.

The featured performers are all Long Island-based musicians and MYO members:
Simon Lee, oboe, 17, Bronx High School of Science
Thomas Loomis, bass voice, 15, Rocky Point High School
Emily Mantone, cello, 15, Mount Sinai High School
Sarah Miller, cello, 16, Locust Valley High School
Jacqueline Minogue, soprano voice, 16, Southampton High School
Noah Mond, alto voice, 12, Gelinas Middle School
John Sepanski, bassoon, 15, Cold Spring Harbor High School
Leah Stevens, flute, 17, East Islip High School
Amanda Sweeney, treble voice, 11, St. Agnes Cathedral School
Joslyn Thomas, mezzo soprano voice, 17, Herricks High School

The finalists will perform their competition piece in the Commack Middle School Auditorium 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 winner will receive a cash award in the amount of $500 and there will be cash awards for the 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place winners as well.

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 six choral ensembles, serving over 900 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.