July 2, 2014

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For Media Only: Helene Snihur (585-274-1057, hsnihur@esm.rochester.edu)

Young Artists in Concert: A Celebration of Winners

Several Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) students will be among six talented Young Artist Auditions award winners who will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6, in Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall.

Trombonist Philip Glick and guitarist David Steinhardt will appear, as will former ECMS student and tenor Anders Namestnik and harpist Michelle Maginn, who performs with ECMS choral groups. The concert also features clarinetist Michelle Maginn and soprano Samantha Martin.

The Young Artist Auditions competition is sponsored by the Rochester Philharmonic League. This year’s competition, held at Eastman School of Music on Sunday, March 16, saw 42 talented 10th, 11th and 12th graders from nine counties compete for a total of $4,500 in cash awards and scholarships.

The Young Artists in Concert: A Celebration of Winners concert will be followed by a reception in the school’s Cominsky Promenade. The event will also be the opening of Eastman’s Music Horizons Summer Program for high school students.

The complete list of winners from the March competition is:

Helen and George Greer Instrumental Award ($500)

Winner:  David Steinhardt, Guitar, Pittsford Mendon High School, Grade 11, Peter Kodzas, Pittsford

Runner-up:  Melanie Mashner, Harp, Brighton High School, Grade 12, Grace Wong, Brighton

Honorable Mentions: Philip Glick, Trombone, Victor Senior High School, Grade 12, Mark Kellogg, Victor; Michelle Maginn, Clarinet, Livonia Central School, Grade 12, Andrew Lawton, Conesus

Mildred and Julius Ness Award for Pianists ($500)

Winner:  Jason Gan, Piano, The Harley School, Grade 12, Elier Suarez, Pittsford

Runner-up:  Helen Wong, Piano, Webster Schroeder High School, Grade 11, Patricia Hanson, Webster

Ruth and Sidney Salzman Award for Strings ($500)

Winner:  Annie Jacobs-Perkins, Cello, Pittsford Mendon High School, Grade 12, Kathleen Kemp, Pittsford

Runner-up:  Teagan Faran, Violin, Williamsville East High School, Grade 12, Thomas Halpin, East Amherst

Nobel Hirsh Award for Male Vocalists ($500)

Winner:  Anders Namestnik, Tenor, Canandaigua Academy, Grade 12, Riki Connaughton, Canandaigua

Runner-up:  Paul Fasy, Baritone, Greece Arcadia High School, Grade 11, Judith Ranaletta, Rochester (Greece)

Honorable Mention: Joe Gutberlet, Baritone, Churchville Chili High School, Grade 11, Steve Cortese, North Chili

Tessa Martin Award for Female Vocalists ($500)

Winner:  Samantha Martin, Soprano, Penfield High School, Grade 12, Kathryn Cowdrick Swenson, Fairport

Runner-up:  Hannah Jackel-Dewhurst, Soprano, Brighton High School, Grade 12, Susanna Adams, Brighton

Honorable Mentions:  Lydia Brown, Soprano, The Harley School, Grade 11, Susanna Adams, Brighton; Melanie McBride, Soprano, Wayne Central High School, Susanna Adams, Macedon

Aldridge-Tinker Scholarship for Instrumentalists ($1000 to a senior who plans to major in music in college)

Winner:  Annie Jacobs-Perkins, Cello, Pittsford Mendon High School, Grade 12, Kathleen Kemp, Pittsford

Jan DeGaetani Scholarship for Vocalists ($1000 to a senior who plans to major in music in college)

Winner: Anders Namestnik, Tenor, Canandaigua Academy, Grade 12, Riki Connaughton, Canandaigua

Special Award (an opportunity to audition to perform with the RPO)

Winner:  David Steinhardt, Guitar, Pittsford Mendon High School, Grade 11, Peter Kodzas, Pittsford

The Rochester Philharmonic League (RPL) was founded in 1929 as a volunteer support group for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The League’s current activities focus on educating young people about music and the RPO, and on fostering the advancement of music talent in the community’s youth.