Winners of the Tri-County Concerts Association’s 76th Annual Youth Festival auditions will appear in recital on Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. The young artists include pianists, instrumentalists, and vocalists from Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties. They will perform works by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Vivaldi, among others.
Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the door. Students will be admitted free. For further information, call 610-504-4678 or visit www.tricountyconcerts.org
A number of talented young musicians from Montgomery County won top prizes in this year’s Tri-County Youth Festival and will perform at the concert. Flutist Elena Osipova of Elkins Park, an 8th grader at Abington Junior High School, won First Place in the Junior Winds Division. Violist Dillon Scott of Montgomeryville, a junior at Penndale Middle School, won Second Place in the Junior Strings Division. Flutist Anna Ridenour of Jenkintown, a sophomore at Gwynedd Mercy Academy, won Second Place in the Senior Winds Division. Harpist Millena Chirillo of Collegeville, a freshman at Villa Maria Academy High School, won Second Place in the Senior Musica Diversa Division.
Additionally, the following students won Honorable Mention: in Senior Strings, cellist Aidan Bolding of Telford, a 9th grader at Souderton Area High School, and violinist Ethan Frankel, of Royersford, a junior at Spring Ford High School; in Senior Winds, bassoonist Conner Kim of Harleysville, a junior at Souderton Area High School; and in Senior Voice, tenor Charlie Bensinger of Pottstown, a senior at Pope John Paul II High School, and soprano Amanda Hornig of Blue Bell, a senior at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School.
A complete list of winners appears below.
The Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival is one of the area’s most prestigious competitions for aspiring young classical musicians living in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Since 1943 the festival has been a stepping-stone to achievement for many emerging young artists, including current and retired members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This year marks its 76th anniversary.
2018 YOUTH FESTIVAL AUDITION WINNERS
First Place The CM Trio: Hannah Yoon, cello; Sarah Yoon, cello; Sierra Wei, cello
Second Place April Duo: Angelina Phillips, violin; Sarah Guan, piano
First Place The Fab 2: Jason Sungwoo Oh, cello; Elena Seoyeon Chang, cello
Second Place The Pluto Duo: Ruijia Yang, cello; Jane Stalnaker, violin
Senior Musica Diversa
Second Place Millena Chirillo, harp
First Place Thomas Hsu
Second Place Nina Mennies
Honorable Mention Emma Lo, Julia Shi
First Place Alyssa Gabrilovich
Second Place Nathan Jiang
Honorable Mention Xinlei Hao, Pranav Sundareshwar, Patricia Zhuge
First Place Eric Gao, violin
Second Place Chris Dahlke, viola
Honorable Mention Aidan Bolding, cello; Ethan Frankel, violin
First Place Vibha Janakiraman, violin
Second Place Dillon Scott, viola
Honorable Mention Chandric Lee, violin; Abigail Wolf, cello
Honorable Mention Charlie Bensinger, tenor; Amanda Hornig, soprano
First Place Benjamin Pedersen, tenor
Second Place Anna Ridenour, flute
Honorable Mention Conner Kim, bassoon; Bryan Manzano, horn