Warwick Valley H.S. Senior Julia Rupp, Winner of Concerto/Aria Contest, to Perform Cello Solo

PHOTO: Julia RuppMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Julia Rupp, a senior at Warwick Valley High School, will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33” during the upcoming SUNY Orange Community Orchestra concert slated for 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at Middletown’s Paramount Theatre.

Rupp is the winner of the orchestra’s 11th annual Concerto-Aria Contest, which is designed to provide a featured musical performance opportunity for outstanding young instrumentalists and vocalists from within Orange County.

The evening’s program will also include performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Battaglia di Legnano,” Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (Eroica), Op. 55.” The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore. Admission is $5, with active duty military personnel and SUNY Orange students with valid identification admitted for free.

Rupp has played the cello for seven years, having studied with Jennifer Green, a teacher at the Pre College-Manhattan School of Music, for the past three years. Rupp is the principle cellist in her high school chamber orchestra and has twice been awarded principle cellist in the Orange County Music Educators’ Association (OCMEA) All-County Symphony Orchestra.

She has participated in the Zone 9 Area All-State Symphony Orchestra for the past three years, and in December 2011 was selected to perform in the New York All-State Symphony Orchestra, in Rochester, New York. Rupp is also an active in the middle school and high school drama clubs. She has performed in the pit orchestra of "The Music Man," "Oliver," and "Cats."

In addition, Rupp has been a member of the Allegro Youth Orchestra in Monroe and has attended several summer camps, including: New England Music Camp in Sydney, Maine; New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF) in Oneonta; and, most recently, the Aria International Summer Academy, Mt. Holyoke, Mass. She is an active member of the choir of Christ Church in Warwick and will frequently accompany the choir or perform a solo during services. She has performed contemporary music with local musician Ava Heatley at Applefest and at the Railroad Green in Warwick. She plans to pursue a degree in Instrumental Performance in college.

For additional information on the concert or the orchestra, contact the SUNY Orange Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. In case of inclement weather, the College has established 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24 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 annual concerto/aria contest. Details regarding the College’s 12th annual contest will be released this coming fall. Contact the SUNY Orange Arts and Communication Department or any of the Orange County high school chorus, band or orchestra directors for more information.

For information on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/theartsatsunyorange.

Previous winners of the contest include:

2012: Eric Bjorkman (Monroe-Woodbury H.S.), cellist; Michael Kolb (Newburgh Free Academy), vocalist
2011: Ashley Heilweil (SUNY Orange), vocalist; Audrey Zybura (Washingtonville H.S.), flutist
2010: Kaitlyn Mesic (Goshen H.S.), violin; Erica Moore (Warwick Valley H.S.), french horn
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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