Concert on Feb. 28 to Feature Yena Lee, Winner of Orchestra’s Annual Concerto/Aria Contest

Yena LeeMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Yena Lee, a freshman at Monroe-Woodbury High School, will perform Johann Quantz’s “Flute Concerto in G” with the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra during its annual winter concert, scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown.

Lee earned the chance to solo by virtue of winning the orchestra’s 14th annual Concerto/Aria Contest, which is designed to provide a featured musical performance opportunity for outstanding young instrumentalists and vocalists from within Orange County.

In addition to Quantz’s flute concerto, the concert program will also include Johannes Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.” Admission is $10, with active duty military personnel and SUNY Orange students admitted for free. Snow date for the concert, if necessary, will be 3 p.m., Sunday, March 6.

Lee began studying piano at the age of 6 with Sunghee Yoon in Korea and started playing the flute two-and-one-half years later - winning many competitions on both instruments throughout her young career. When Lee moved to Monroe in 2011, she began studying the flute with Merryl Newler.

In addition to performing with the North Main Elementary School Band and the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School Wind Ensemble, Lee currently is a member of her high school’s Wind Ensemble. She has also played with the Orange County Youth Symphony and is the principal flutist with the Hudson Valley Honors Youth Wind Ensemble.

Lee has placed well in regional and state honor band and orchestra auditions, including the New York State Band Directors’ Association Honor Band in Syracuse and the Orange County Music Educators’ Association High School All-County Orchestra, where she won the principal flute chair. She has received A+ ratings at NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals, including a perfect score at the highest repertoire level (6).

She also studies taekwondo, volunteers as a mentor with the Central Valley Elementary School band program, performs weekly with her church praise team, and performs at an annual holiday recital series at Glen Arden.

The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, under the direction of Hilarie Clark Moore, is comprised of students and members of the community. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible. The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. For more information, call (845) 341-4787.

Past winners of the orchestra’s Concerto/Aria Contest include Sarah Tusch, Valentina Ponochovnaya, George Courtsunis, Radhika Shah, Lucie Jaronowski, Tim Takagi, Clare Herceg, Emily Moore, Rachel Conklin, James Rose, Stephen Gorgone, Justin Randolph, Kaitlyn Mesic, Erica Moore, Ashley Heilweil, Audrey Zybura, Eric Bjorkman, Michael Kolb, Julia Rupp, Jared Silbernagel, Nathan Sander, Olivia McCartney and Brianna Reed.

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Mike Albright
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Middletown, NY 10940