Alexandra Woroniecka, a 13-year-old violinist from Great Neck South Middle School, is one of the top ten finalists of The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York (MYO) 2016 Concerto and Vocal Competition who will perform in a concert on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and will be held at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Dr., Centerport, NY 11721.
Woroniecka, along with the other finalists, will perform their competition piece during the concert. The winners will then be chosen by an esteemed jury, including Dr. David Fryling, director of choral studies at Hofstra University, and Professor Maureen Hynes, director of orchestra and string studies at LIU Post. Each competition winner—one instrumentalist and one vocalist—will win a cash award in the amount of $500. Cash awards for second place will be $200 and $100 for third place winners, in both the instrumental and vocal categories.
The performers, who are all Long Island musicians and MYO members are:
Catherine Daniels, soprano, age 16, Newfield High School
Amanda Duspiva, soprano, age 16, Sachem North High School
Alan Jian, clarinet, age 15 Garden City High School
Joanna Lau, flute, age 14, Herricks High School
Jeremy Lopez, tenor, age 17, Hicksville High School
Noah Mond, tenor, age 14, Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School
Matthew Rhee, cello, age 15, Syosset High School
John Sepanski, bassoon, age 17, Cold Spring Harbor High School
Benjamin Truncale, tenor, age 13, Saint Agnes Cathedral School
Alexandra Woroniecka, violin, age 13, Great Neck South Middle School
MYO is committed to fostering a community of talented young musicians from Long Island and providing them with an opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestral and choral masterworks at the highest possible level with recognized leaders in music education and performance. Founded in 1993 by John C. McNeur, MYO has grown from one orchestra of 15 members to seven orchestras, a flute choir and seven choral ensembles, serving over 990 young musicians between the ages of 8 and 18. For more information, visit www.myo.org or call 516-365-6961.