BU to host winners of Young Classical Artists Competition

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will host a concert of the winners of its 2019 Young Classical Artists’ Competition on Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Each program is free and open to the public.

Winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12) will perform at 3 p.m. and include flutist Hanako Ferro of Berwick, clarinetist Timothy Kim of Lafayette Hill, trombonist Collin Porter of Williamsport, soprano Laura Stanell of Harleysville, saxophonist Ellie Vito of Dupont, pianist Yuki Yoshida of State College, and clarinetist Jessica Polochek of Exeter. BU’s staff accompanist, Ron Stabinsky, will accompany. Recital selections will include Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute, Clarinet Concertos by Weber and Mozart, Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique, Debussy’s Sarabande, Moszkowski’s Spanish Dance No. 2, Chopin’s Nocturne in C minor, and arias and art songs by Rossini and Debussy.

Winners in the Junior Division (grades 7-9) will perform at 5 p.m. and include violinist Ryan Cheng of Bethlehem, pianist Byron Dissinger V or Shavertown, violinist Adah Kaplan of Dresher, pianist Aurora Lefever of Moscow, pianist Sean Oh of Bloomsburg, violinist Gale Szcepkowski of Elysburg, soprano Alenah Thomas of Moscow, and violinist Yan Yu of Coopersburg. Ron Stabinsky will again accompany. Recital selections will include violin concertos of Mozart and Vivaldi, Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices, Smetana’s Aus der Heimat, Chopin’s Prelude in A-Flat Major, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Liszt’s Liebestraume No. 3, and art songs by Edward MacDowell and Herbert Kingsley.

The senior division winners will repeat this recital on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. in the Sordoni Theatre at WVIA public radio studios in Pittston, with that program to be recorded and broadcast to the region later this summer.

The Bloomsburg University Young Classical Artists’ Competition is sponsored annually by the university’s student chapter of the National Association for Music Education to recognize the region’s finest high school musicians and their teachers. For additional information on these recitals, please contact professor of music, Alan Baker, at 570-343-6707. To learn more about the Competition and view streaming video of past winners, please visit http://bloomu.edu/music-classical-competition

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.