Youth orchestra sets concerto competition at Pequot Library
Published 8:09 am, Sunday, January 3, 2016
The free event, co-hosted by Music for Youth, will take place at 2 p.m. in the library, 720 Pequot Ave. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The competition will feature finalists from the GBYO Principal Orchestra, with each musician playing one movement of a concerto for a panel of judges. The concerto competition has been part of GBYO’s program for the past 30 years, and offers its most accomplished students a chance to perform as a soloist with the principal orchestra at the annual spring concert in May.
The finalists for the competition were selected in November. They include:
Benjamin Crosby, a senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, who started playing the cello at the age of 5. In his eighth year with the GBYO and second year as the principal seat of the principal orchestra. Crosby has been an active performer with the Ludlowe school orchestras, symphonic and chamber, since freshman year and has been the principal chair for several years. He has also been playing in multiple chamber music groups the past several years, including the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians.
Bryan Page, a senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, is a member of the Honors Music Society, Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Page was a finalist in the 13th annual Danbury Symphony Orchestra Student Concerto Competition, and attended the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians for the past three years.
Julian Shively, a student in the aerospace/hydrospace engineering program at Fairchild Wheeler Magnet High School in Bridgeport, has played the piano since he was 4 years old. Among his achievements are Schubert Club Awards, top score at Young Musicians Festival (10 consecutive years), winner of the Renee Fisher Competition, Greater New Haven Youth Ensembles’ Concerto Competition and Concert Festival at Weill Recital Hall in New York City.
Alison Shively, an eighth-grader at Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull, has performed with the GBYO five years. She plays first violin in a string quartet, as well as in a choreographed string group in Westport called Vivace.
Alvyn Velasquez, a senior at Fairchild Wheeler Magnet High School, began playing the clarinet in fifth grade, and is now in his seventh and final year with the GBYO as the principal clarinetist in the principal orchestra.
Sophia Zhang, an eighth-grader at Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull, started playing the violin at 7 years old. She is in her fifth year with GBYO and second year in the principal orchestra. She has been concertmistress of the Fairfield County Strings Festival Honors Orchestra since sixth grade, and has also participated in the Chamber Music Central summer program.
Claire Lane, a sophomore at Amity Regional High School, began playing violin at 6 years old. In her first year with the GBYO, she plays in the principal orchestra. She toured San Diego with a pop strings group called Vivace, and also played several bluegrass festivals and performed at the Outer Space in Hamden.
For more information about the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra’s annual concerto competition, visit http://bit.ly/1O2qtCG . Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-254-0123.