Seniors win Sycamore concerto competition

SYCAMORE – Paige Phelps, Danielle Pivonka and Owen Ruff are the winners of the 2013 Concerto Competition at Sycamore High School. Each year, seniors are encouraged to audition for the competition. Each winner performed a solo piece accompanied by their peers with the school’s symphony orchestra.

Paige performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, Allegretto non troppo, Allegro molto vivace on cello. She was selected to perform in the IMEA All-State Orchestra her sophomore, junior and senior years, and was first chair in the IMEA District Orchestra her senior year. She was awarded the National School Orchestra Award in May by her peers. Paige will study music education at Augustana College this fall.

Danielle performed Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42, No. 2, Scherzo by Tchaikovsky on violin. Danielle was selected to participate in the IMEA Orchestra all four years of high school and in the IMEA All-State Orchestra (the highest level at the IMEA Conference) her sophomore, junior and senior years. She received all Division I ranks at her solo and ensemble competitions and participated in pit orchestra all four years of high school. Danielle will study violin performance at North Park College in Chicago in the fall.

Owen performed Symphony No. 5 in D Major, Op. 10, Choral by Felix Mendelssohn on violin. Owen was selected to participate in the All-State Honors Orchestra his junior year. Due to college auditions, he was unable to participate in IMEA All-State his senior year. Owen has won the Northern Illinois University Suzuki Talent Scholarship and the Midwest Young Artists Composition Contest. He is a member of the Acaso Quartet, which recently won the Midwest Young Artists Discover Chamber Competition and was quarter-finalist in the recent Fischoff Chamber Competition. He is also an Illinois State Scholar. Owen will attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he plans to study violin performance with Brian Lewis.

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