Young Instrumentalists 2017
GBS young instrumentalists' competition 2017
. . . and the winners are:
first Prize: max moon, bassoon
second prize: kate wegener, oboe
Third prize: eric hirsch, flute
Honorable Mentions: Rachel Brake, French Horn; Ashley Lam, Oboe; and Briana LoCicero, Flute.
GBS and the Hersher Family Foundation are pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2017 GBS Young Instrumentalists' Competition for Brass, Wind and Percussion, held at the University of Bridgeport on March 26, 2017. Talented students from as near as Fairfield and Trumbull competed against students from as far as Ridgefield and West Hartford, in an afternoon of fine music.
Second Prize was won by Kate Wegener of Easton, who performed Williams’ Oboe Concerto and Mozart’s Oboe Concerto. Third Prize went to Eric Hirsch of Weston, for his renditions of Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Bach’s Sonata in E Minor. Honorable Mentions were conferred on Rachel Brake of Trumbull, French Horn; Briana LoCicero of Ridgefield, flute; and Ashley Lam of West Hartford, oboe.
Bassoonist Max Moon, a senior at Fairfield Warde High School, won First Prize for his performance of C. M. von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F Major, followed by the Osborne Rhapsody for Bassoon, a solo piece. Moon plays in the Wind Ensemble at Fairfield Warde, and is a Music for Youth of Fairfield County Ambassador and leader of the Fairfield Woodwind Quintet. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as Principal Bassoonist with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra, accompanying the Tim Janis Band’s 2015 Christmas Concert and with Manhattan School of Music Pre-college Symphonic Orchestra at the 2016 International Music Festival. During his high school summers, Max has attended International Double-Reed Society at NYU, the World Youth Wind Symphony at Interlochen Arts Camp and the Young Artists Wind Ensemble at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Max has enjoyed first seat in All State Connecticut Music Educators Association Western Regional and All State festivals in 2014 and 2015. He joined Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division in 2016 and studies with Harry Searing; he is a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra and a Chamber group at Manhattan School and is the recipient of the Paul Stebbins Bassoon Pre-college Scholarship. Max plans to double major in music and statistics in college.
“We are always thrilled to provide this competition for the area’s young musicians. The depth of talent and passion for music never fails to impress,” said Jean Moffitt, President of the GBS Board of Trustees.
The Hersher Family Foundation has funded this competition – and other GBS educational outreach in Bridgeport – for the past two years, honoring the legacy of Kurt W. Hersher. The contest was open to any student between 11 and 19 residing in Connecticut. Next year’s Young Instrumentalists’ Competition is already being planned, and will likely focus on piano.
Past competition winners include Alexander Beyer, pianist of Fairfield, currently completing studies at Harvard University, who performed with GBS last September; cellist Allison Eldredge; pianist Andrew Armstrong; violinist Alexander Markov; and last year’s winner, cellist Julian Shively of Trumbull, who performed with GBS at their December 2016 concert at The Klein.