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The 2022 GCTYO Concerto Competition will be at 2 PM on January 22, 2022 at Pequot Library in Southport, CT. The first round of the Competition is November 17, 2021. The Competition is open to members of GCTYO’s Principal Orchestra only. Students will compete for a $500 prize and the position of soloist with Principal Orchestra at the Spring Concert.

Read about and watch last year’s Concerto Competition here! Congratulations to the GCTYO Principal Orchestra musicians who advanced to the Final Round of the 2021 Concerto Competition and competed for a $500 prize! Read about each finalist & adjudicator below. The Final Round concert was co-hosted by WSHU Public Radio and Sacred Heart University Community Theatre and was presented March 21, 2021 at 2 PM at MoCA Westport. The concert was live streamed on the GCTYO Facebook page: Watch the entire concert.

Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell of Monroe, Connecticut is a high school senior studying cello with Ms. Andrea Mills.  He has practiced and performed with the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestra since 2016 and also earned a position…
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Jack Campbell of Monroe, Connecticut is a high school senior studying cello with Ms. Andrea Mills.  He has practiced and performed with the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestra since 2016 and also earned a position in GCTYO’s elite Chamber Orchestra for the past two years.  Throughout his high school career, Jack has been placed principal cellist of the CMEA Western Connecticut Regional Orchestra twice, and has secured two seats in the CMEA All-State Orchestra.  Jack enjoys various music genres and participates in a performance ensemble and string quartets under the direction of Dr. Andrew Smith of the Suzuki Music School Westport and Asya Meshberg of the Chamber Music Institute.  Jack won the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Young Instrumentalists’ Competition for 2019.  This summer he attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, virtually, where he was coached by Allison Wells and Rhonda Rider.  He also virtually attended the Conservatory Audition Workshop where he was coached by Emily Taubl, Ani Kavafian, Norman Fischer, and Peter Slowik. In the summer of 2018, he attended the Eastman Cello Institute founded by Alan Harris and went on to play for the Broadway Method Academy’s production of the Little Mermaid.  He proudly achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2018.

 

Madison Chueka

Madison Chueka, 16, is a sophomore honors student at the Pierrepont School in Westport, CT and has studied flute with Adrianne Greenbaum (Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College) for the past six years.
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Madison Chueka, 16, is a sophomore honors student at the Pierrepont School in Westport, CT and has studied flute with Adrianne Greenbaum (Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College) for the past six years. Madison started playing the flute in kindergarten at the Suzuki Music School of Westport. She has been a member of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras (GCTYO) since 2019, and is in her second year with the Principal Orchestra. Prior to joining GCTYO, Madison was the principal flutist of Norwalk Youth Symphony’s (NYS) Philharmonia Winds and Concert Orchestras from 2016-2019. In 2020 Madison won the Suzuki Music School of Westport’s Concerto & Aria Competition, was a finalist in the GCTYO Concerto Competition, and was also a winner of the 11th Annual American Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. In 2020 & 2021, Madison secured a seat in the Connecticut Music Educator Association Western Regional High School Festival Orchestra. In addition to playing the flute, Madison is also an accomplished choral singer and a member of the St.Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir of Fairfield, Connecticut, and has also sung with the Opera Program of the Yale School of Music in 2016 & 2018. Madison enjoys debate, Chinese language study, and hiking in her free time.

Marshall Franz

Marshall Franz is 13 years old and an 8th grade student at Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull, where he is an honor student. Marshall began playing violin 3 years ago at the age of 10 through the school orchestra. Last year…
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Marshall Franz is 13 years old and an 8th grade student at Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull, where he is an honor student. Marshall began playing violin 3 years ago at the age of 10 through the school orchestra. Last year he joined GCTYO at the Concert Orchestra level and began studying with Aekyung Kim from the Fairfield School of Music. This year, Marshall is a 2nd violinist with the GCTYO Principal Orchestra. In addition to music, Marshall enjoys playing travel baseball and skiing.

Henry Friedman

Henry Friedman is a seventeen-year-old senior attending Fairfield Warde High School. His music education began in 2010 at the age of six studying piano with Melanie Andrews, which he continues today. He has been…
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Henry Friedman is a seventeen-year-old senior attending Fairfield Warde High School. His music education began in 2010 at the age of six studying piano with Melanie Andrews, which he continues today. He has been studying the French horn since 2013 with Jeff DesRosier of Fairfield and, more recently, Broadway performer Steve Sherts of New York and Robert Rearden of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He enjoys playing a variety of genres, including orchestral, chamber, jazz, and musicals. A member of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras since 2015, Henry is currently principal horn in the Principal Orchestra, and has performed as principal horn in GCTYO’s Chamber Orchestra. He additionally has had the opportunity to expand his horn skills by performing with GCTYO’s Jazz Ensemble I for the past six years. He travelled with GCTYO to Italy in 2016, as well as Scotland and Iceland in 2018. He plays with the Fairfield Warde Wind and Jazz Ensembles and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Henry has been accepted into both the CMEA Western Region and All-State Festivals, as well as the NAfME All-Eastern Orchestra under the direction of James Tapia of Syracuse University and the NAfME All-National Concert Band under the direction of Emily Threinen of the University of Minnesota. He has been invited to perform locally in the pit orchestras of Oklahoma, Into the Woods, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, and City of Angels.  Henry enjoys mentoring other students both academically and musically, and he looks forward to pursuing degrees in both French horn performance and music education.

Lena Kufferman

Lena Kufferman is a senior at Fairfield Warde High School, where she is principal violist in the Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras. Lena studies viola under Denise Chividian. She has performed in the Greater…
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Lena Kufferman is a senior at Fairfield Warde High School, where she is principal violist in the Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras. Lena studies viola under Denise Chividian. She has performed in the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras for six years, has been in the Principal Orchestra for three years, and earned a position in GCTYO’s Chamber Orchestra last year. In addition to GCTYO, Lena has been a Western Regionals musician for the past few years. Lena has been participating in string quartets under the direction of Asya Meshberg of the Chamber Music Institute for three years and has practiced and performed in seven string quartets and one string quintet since 2017. Lena also plays in the pit orchestra at her high school, performing in Into the Woods, City of Angels, and invited to play in Les Misérables. At her high school, Lena is a co-captain of the Debate Team, President of the Environmental Club, and Vice President of Tri-M Music Honor Society. She also spent last year volunteering for the new GCTYO outreach program at Assumption Catholic School, where she taught viola to two young musicians. Her favorite subject is English, and she hopes to pursue English and Political Science in college.

Patrick McGovern

Patrick McGovern is 17 years old and a senior at Masuk High School. He has been studying the viola for seven years with Jill Levine. Patrick has been a member of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras since eighth grade
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Patrick McGovern is 17 years old and a senior at Masuk High School. He has been studying the viola for seven years with Jill Levine. Patrick has been a member of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras since eighth grade and was selected for the Principal Orchestra in tenth grade. In 2019, he earned a position in the GCTYO Chamber Orchestra. Patrick has been selected for the 2019 and 2020 CMEA Western Region and All-State Symphony Orchestras, as well as the 2020 NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra. Patrick has been playing in chamber music groups for three years where he is coached by Rebecca Patterson, principal cellist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In addition to music, Patrick spends much of his time serving his church where he has been a homilist for six years. He plans to study physics and engineering in college.

 

Christopher Hisey

Music Director and Alumnus of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras (GCTYO), Christopher James Hisey, has conducted concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and China. 

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Music Director and Alumnus of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras (GCTYO), Christopher James Hisey, has conducted concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and China.  Maestro Hisey has conducted with such notable musicians as Sir James Galway, Tim Janis, Jackie Evancho, James Dunham, Chris Finckel, and Deborah Wong. 

In addition to his duties with GCTYO, Maestro Hisey serves as Music Director of the American Chamber Orchestra and is Co-founder and Music Director of the Connecticut Philharmonic. He has also served as Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of New Haven, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Troupers Light Opera Company, and Perrysburg Symphony Chorale, and as Associate Conductor of the Perrysburg Symphony, Bowling Green Philharmonia and Opera Theater Orchestras.

Maestro Hisey has been a guest and cover conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and has made appearances with the Ruse Philharmonic and Pleven Philharmonic in Bulgaria, and the St. Petersburg “Klassika” Symphony, formerly the Leningrad State Philharmonic, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A passionate and sought-after music educator, Maestro Hisey frequently appears as guest adjudicator and clinician at schools and festivals throughout the region. His student orchestras have won top prizes in competition and have been invited to appear at Carnegie Hall, NAFME Eastern Music Festival and other festivals and concerts in the United States and abroad. He has served as Professor of Conducting, Orchestration and Music Director of the Orchestra at Manhattanville College and Professor of Conducting and Music Director of the Orchestra at Fairfield University. Maestro Hisey has been Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT for 20 years.

Maestro Hisey holds a bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music and master’s degree in Conducting from Bowling Green State University. He has been fortunate to study conducting with Emily Freeman Brown, David Effron, Gustav Meier, Donald Portnoy, and Donald Hunsberger.

Sarah Shreder

Sarah Shreder, cellist, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. She strives to capture audiences with her energy and passion.

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Sarah Shreder, cellist, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. She strives to capture audiences with her energy and passion. She is currently performing with the Bridgeport, Ridgefield, and Wallingford Symphonies and is the professor of cello at the University of Bridgeport. She has performed as a soloist at the Domaine Forget international music festival in Quebec and with the Seven Hills Symphony. Having also concertized extensively in various chamber music settings, Sarah has performed at the Quietside Festival and the International Musical Arts Institute in Maine as well as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She received bachelor’s degrees in both cello performance and fine arts management from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in cello performance from the University of Connecticut, where she studied with Kangho Lee. She currently lives in Stratford, Connecticut with her husband and her two young children.

Luis Fernando Jimenez

Dr. Luis Fernando Jiménez is a gifted conductor, trombonist, educator and clinician. Dr. Jiménez has been on the faculty of Western Connecticut State University since 1997 and served as Music Department Chair from 2002-2005. 

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Dr. Luis Fernando Jiménez is a gifted conductor, trombonist, educator and clinician, who is equally at ease in the orchestral, opera, musical theatre, and wind ensemble genres. His experiences as a conductor have taken him from across the Northeastern United States, to Central – South America and points in between, ranging from his work with the Costa Rica National Symphony/Chorus/ Opera, to conducting symposiums for Central American conductors. In addition, Dr. Jiménez served as Music Director-Conductor of the Westchester Wind Symphony for three seasons.

As a trombonist, Dr. Jiménez has performed with numerous symphony orchestras, most notably the Costa Rican National Symphony, the American Wind Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, Waco Symphony, Longview Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has also maintained an active schedule as a clinician with several appearances at the Connecticut Music Educators Association and at the Nafme Regional Conference.

Dr. Jiménez has been on the faculty of Western Connecticut State University since 1997 and served as Music Department Chair from 2002-2005. He holds degrees from Baylor University (BM trombone), Duquesne University (MM – conducting/trombone) and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (DMA Orchestral Conducting) where he served as a teaching assistant under the tutelage of Maestro Frederik Prausnitz. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (Nafme), The College Directors National Association (CODA), The Conductors Guild, The International Trombone Association, and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).

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