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Winners of the 2009 Musical Club of Hartford Scholarship Competition

The first, second and third place winners performed in a free concert on Sunday, February, 2009 1 at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford.

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Piano Competition Winners

First Place: Jeffrey Li, Mystic, CT

Jeffrey Li is a senior at Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton, CT. and a student of Jonathan Bass at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division.  He won prizes at the Renee B. Fisher Piano Competition, Hartford Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Victor Norman Concerto Competition.  In the NEC Certificate Program, Jeff earned the Level III Certificate with Honors in 2007.  He has performed with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as performed internationally in Austria and Germany.  In past summers, Jeff attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Elm City ChamberFest.  He plans to study music in college.  For the Concert he plans to play  Scherzo Op. 39 No. 3 in c# minor by Frederic Chopin.

Second Place: Mary Pan, Burlington, CT  06013

Mary Pan is a home-schooled 10th grader and a piano student of Margreet Francis at the Hartt School Community Division.  She has won prizes in the Audrey Thayer Piano Competition and was chosen for the Hartt Piano Honors recital the past three years, where she received the Watson Morrison Prize in 2007.  In 2008, Mary received honorable mention in the Musical Club’s High School Piano Competition, and third prize in the CSMTA Concerto Competition.  She is a first year student in the Performer’s Certificate Program.  She serves as pianist for the choir and for church services at Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford.  For the Concert she plans to play  ABEGG Variations Op. 1 by Robert Schumann.

Third Place: Tim Tsai, Unionville, CT.

Tim is in the 11th grade at Farmington High School and a piano student of Margreet Francis at the Hartt School Community Division. He has performed as a pianist with the Connecticut Youth Symphony Orchestra and has also performed Concerto Grosso with the Farmington High School orchestra.  He won first place in the Audrey Thayer Competition when he was in 8th and 9th grade. For the Concert he will play Un Sospiro by Franz Liszt.

Honorable Mention: Sarah Pan, 12th grade, home-schooled, Burlington, CT. She studies piano with Margreet Francis at Hartt School.

Honorable Mention: Paul Tine, 10th grade, Newington High School, lives in Newington, and studies piano with Margreet Francis at Hartt School

Strings Competition Winners

First Place: Andrew Tang, viola, Simsbury, CT

Andrew Tang is a Junior at Simsbury High School, a student of Steve Larson’s. He started playing violin at the age of 5, and switched to viola in 6th grade at the request of his orchestra conductor. He has been both concertmaster and principal violist of his High School Orchestra and the Connecticut Northern Region Festival Orchestra and has served as associate principal in Boston University Tanglewood Institute's Young Artists Orchestra. In 2006 he finished Third in Eastern Division MTNA Competition and recently performed with the University of Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He is currently principal violist of the Connecticut Youth Symphony.

Second Place: Kendra Nealon, violin, Glastonbury, CT

Kendra Nealon is a senior at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, where she is a member of the Advanced Performance Ensemble. She studies violin with Teri Einfeldt and piano with Margreet Francis at the Hartt School Community Division. Kendra and graduated last year from Hartt's Performer's Certificate program. For the past three years she has been a member of the Connecticut Youth Symphony, where she currently is concertmistress. In 2006 she was third place winner of the Connecticut Youth Symphony Competition and last year, the second place winner in the Musical Club of Hartford High School String Competition . For the past several years she has played in various string quartets at the Community Division, piano and string honors recitals there, and Northern Regional and All-state music festivals. This past summer she studied both violin and piano at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She plans on majoring in music in college. For the concert she plans to perform Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 No. 1, by Pablo de Sarasate.

Third Place: Luke Piscitelli, violin, West Hartford, CT

Luke is in the 10th Grade at Conard High School in West Hartford, and studies violin with Teri Einfeldt at the Hartt School Community Division. He has participated in Northern Regional and State Festival Orchestras at both the Middle and High School levels since 2004. He has performed in Hartt School Senior Honors Recitals and Master Classes with Brian Lewis, David Updegraff, and members of the Miami String Quartet. Luke has spent his last 2 summers at the Ithaca Chamber Music Institute and the David Einfeldt Chamber Seminar Camp. Currently, he is a member of I Giovani Solisti, which has won the Downbeat Award for best High School Chamber Ensemble.

Honorable Mention: Jacqueline Georgis, cello, Hartford, CT

Jacqueline is a 12th grader at Choate Rosemary Hall, and studies with Carmen Irons.

Voice Competition Winners

First Place: Erica Maas, soprano, Manchester, CT

Erica Maas attends Manchester High School and is in 12th Grade.  She studies voice with Dr. Susan Mardinly at Hartt Community Division.  Erica is a member of The Hartt Chamber Choir, A capella Roundtable Singers (a section leader), C.M.E.A.Eastern Regional choir, Connecticut All State Choir and 2009 All Eastern Seaboard Choir.  She performed recently as a semi-finalist for the bel canto scholarship in the Hartt honors recital and the Barbara Strozzi Project new edition premier. For the concert she will sing "L'abbandono" by Vincenzo Bellini.

Second Place:  Suzanne Lis, soprano, West Hartford, CT

Suzanne Lis is in 12th Grade at Hall High School in West Hartford.  She studies voice privately with Benjamin Rauch.  Last summer she was a member of the Young Artist Vocal Program at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute.  At her school she sings in the select ensemble, "Choraliers".  Suzanne also plays violin in the Connecticut Youth Symphony and I Giovani Solisti. For the concert she will sing "Ouvre ton coeur" by Bizet.

Third Place: Nigel Rowe, tenor, West Hartford, CT

Nigel attends Conard High School in West Hartford and is in the 11th grade.  He studies voice with Lisabeth Miller of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and with Sarah Hersh. Last summer he attended New England Music Camp in Maine for three weeks as a voice major. This year he took part in the Academy production of "Dido and Aeneas" and "Trial by Jury,” singing the main role of the Counsel. For the concert on February 1 he will sing "Chanson d'Amour" by Gabriel Fauré.

Winds Competition Winners

First Place: Jane Sylvester, alto saxophone, Kensington, CT.

Jane Sylvester is a junior at Berlin High School. She studies classical saxophone with Carrie Koffman and  clarinet with Beverly Brown, and is also a jazz saxophone student of John Mastroianni. Jane has held first chair alto saxophone positions in Regional, All-State, and All New England Bands. In 2008, she won the Hartt Honors Recital Scholarship, and placed 3rd in the Musical Club of Hartford's Scholarship Competition. Jane is a graduate of the Hartt Performer's Certificate program, and plans to pursue a career in music education and saxophone performance. Her performance piece will be  "Sonata" by Paul Creston, first movement.

Second Place: Julie Lee, flute, Farmington, CT.

Julie is a sophomore at Farmington High School. She studies with Avi Greenberg.  She is an active member of the Farmington High School Band, Orchestra and Flute Trio, as well as the Jazz Band, and plays in the pit orchestra for school musicals and operas. Julie also performs frequently as a soloist with her church choir. As a freshman, Julie was selected into the Northern Region and All State Bands. This year, she earned a gold medal in the Arts & Academic Challenge at Tunxis Community College.  Julie is also first chair in the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble. For the concert on February 1 she will play 'Fantasie' Opus 79, by Gabriel Fauré

Third Place: Lidiya Selikhov, flute, Storrs, CT.

Lidiya is a junior at E.O. Smith High School, and studies flute with Greig Shearer. She is an active member of her school's Concert Band and Chorus, as well as the Hartt Youth Symphony. Lidiya is in her 2nd year in the Hartt Certificate Program, and has been chosen for the Hartt Honors Recital for the past 3 years. She has won first place, and the Ed Gerry Wind Prize at the Windham Arts Council Competition for the past two years, as well as 2nd place in the Musical Club of Hartford's Competition last year. Lidiya has attended master classes of James Galway, Rhonda Larson, Marianne Gedigian, Edward Cumming, and Robert Dick. She also attended Interlochen Campast summer, performing with the Flute Quartet and Youth Wind Symphony. In April, Lidiya will be performing the Mozart Concerto in G, as soloist with the Willimantic Orchestra, through the Windham Arts Competition. For the concert she will play 'Sonata for Flute and Piano,' Movement 4, allegro con moto, by Robert Muczynski.

Honorable Mention: Emma Sayles, trombone, Colchester, CT.

Emma is a sophomore at Bacon Academy and studies with Topher Logan at the Community School for the Arts at University of Connecticut

Honorable Mention: Arielle Burke, flute, Ivoryton, CT.

Arielle is a senior at Valley Regional High School in Deep River and studies with Naomi Senzer.