Concert at Paramount Theatre Will Showcase Winners of Eighth Annual Concerto/Aria Contest

PHOTO: Concerto/Aria Contest Winners Erica Moore and Kaitlyn MesicMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra's concert, postponed twice this past weekend due to snow and power outages, has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at the Paramount Theatre.

Warwick Valley High School senior Erica Moore and Goshen High School junior Kaitlyn Mesic will be the featured soloists during the concert. The two performers were selected as winners of the orchestra’s eighth annual Concerto/Aria Contest.

Under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore, the orchestra will perform Otto Nicolai’s “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor,” Wolfgang Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K.219,” Franz Strauss’ “Horn Concerto in C, Op. 8,” and Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 4 in C minor.” Mesic will perform the first movement of the Mozart concerto while Moore is the French horn soloist in the Strauss concerto.

Moore (at left in photo) plays the French horn in the Warwick Valley High School Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band and Low Brass Choir. She is a frequent member of the Middle School pit orchestras, including performing for Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” “My Fair Lady,” “Into the Woods,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” She has been a member of the horn section of the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra since the summer of 2005.

She has participated in numerous All-County festivals, Area All-State performances, and two All-State NYSSMA festivals in Rochester, N.Y. During the summer of 2008, she had the opportunity to work with musicians from the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra in the New York State Summer School of the Arts’ School of the Orchestral Studies program under the direction of conductor Luis Biava. At NYSSSA, she attended master classes with French hornist Jeffry Kirschen. Last summer, she toured Germany and Austria with the America Music Abroad Empire Tour, performing several concerts in the musical cities of Leipzig, Salzburg, and Vienna. She plans to study genetics and music in college.

Mesic performs with the orchestra and student quartets at Goshen High School. She has studied violin with Keely Gould and Emily Faxon for the past seven years. She has participated in many All-County and Area All-State music festivals. For the past six summers, she has attended Crane Youth Music at SUNY Potsdam, playing in quartets and the symphony orchestra.

She has been a member of the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra since the Fall 2006. In the community, Mesic enjoys playing for church masses and weddings.

General admission to the Feb. 27 concert is $5. For additional information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. In case of inclement weather, the College has established 3 p.m, Sunday, Feb. 28 as the snow date for the concert. The Paramount Theatre is universally accessible.

SUNY Orange students, as well as Orange County high school students, are eligible for the concerto/aria contest, designed to provide a featured musical performance opportunity for outstanding young instrumentalists and vocalists from within Orange County. Details regarding the College’s ninth annual contest will be released this coming fall. Application deadline will be Dec. 17, 2010 and auditions will take place in January 2011. Contact the SUNY Orange Arts and Communication Department or any of the Orange County high school chorus, band or orchestra directors for more information.

Previous winners of the contest include:

2009 Stephen Gorgone (Monroe-Woodbury H.S.), viola; Justin Randolph (SUNY Orange), vocalist
2008 James Rose (Warwick Valley H.S.), trumpet
2007 Rachel Conklin (home schooled, Washingtonville), violin
2006 Clare Herceg (Warwick Valley H.S.), flute; Emily Moore (Warwick Valley H.S.), viola
2005 Lucie Jaronowski (Monroe-Woodbury H.S.), violin; Tim Takagi (Middletown H.S.), French horn
2004 George Courtsunis (Newburgh Free Academy), piano; Radhika Shah (Warwick Valley H.S.), violin
2003 Sarah Tusch (Monroe-Woodbury H.S.), violin; Valentina Ponochovnaya (SUNY Orange), piano

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