GAMBIER - The Knox County Symphony continues its golden anniversary year with its Winter Concert on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in Rosse Hall on the Kenyon College campus in Gambier. The concert will feature the winners of the annual Young Musicians Competition. The soloists for this year are Shiloh Six, violin, Mary Harris, soprano, Hannah Vilas, clarinet, Joseph Lautzenheiser, violin, and Lauren Melville, soprano.
Mary Harris (Second Place, High School Division) is a sophomore at Mount Vernon High School. She is a member of the varsity tennis team, Key Club, and Spanish Club. She is very involved with music, having taken piano lessons since she was three years old and additionally plays the cello and guitar. She has taken voice lessons with Diane Dingler for the past three years.
Hannah Vilas (First Place, Collegiate Division) is from Brunswick, Maine, and is halfway through her sophomore year at Kenyon College. She is a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She began playing the clarinet in the fifth grade and has pursued private lessons since that time. She currently studies with Antoine Clark.
Shiloh Six (First Place, High School Division) started playing the violin when she was eight years old. She began taking lessons with Margaret Litteral and now studies with Ariane Sletner. In the summer of 2015 she attended the Credo Chamber Music Festival at the Oberlin Conservatory and took lessons from Kangwon Kim, Lee Joiner and Matthew Michelic, and performed in a master class with the Fry Street Quartet. Shiloh is a member of the Knox County Symphony, the New Albany Symphony, and the Mount Vernon Nazarene University String Ensemble.
Lauren Melville (Second Place Tie, Collegiate Division) is from Atlanta, Georgia, and a junior at Kenyon College. She is a double major in Psychology and Spanish Area Studies with a concentration in Latino/a studies. Lauren currently holds the position of co-president of the Kenyon College Chamber Singers and is a member of Colla Voce, Kenyon’s all-female classical a cappella group. She studies voice with Diane Dingler.
Joseph Lautzenheiser (Second Place Tie, Collegiate Division) is from North Lawrence, a crossroads in northeast Ohio. He began violin lessons at age nine and has studied under five master musicians, learning classical, jazz, and folk styles. In 2011 and 2014 he won the Ohio State Fiddle Championship, as well as in Indiana in 2013 and 2015. Joseph is a senior business major and music minor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where he studies violin with Juan Carlos Ortega.
The concert begins with a performance of Franz Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture. This piece was played on the first public concert of the Knox County Symphony on December 4, 1966, at the Mount Vernon Memorial Theater under the direction of the Symphony’s founder, Dr. Paul Schwartz. There were 41 members of the orchestra at that time, a good portion of whom were assisting musicians from Capital University. The Symphony today numbers 65 players, and only two musicians are “on loan” from The Ohio State University.
The Psi Iota Xi Sorority is co-sponsor of the Young Musicians Competition. They will also provide refreshments at a reception immediately following the concert.
Information about tickets can be had by calling Sarah Goslee Reed at 740-392-4955.