Violinist and violist Margaret O’Malley of Glen Ellyn is the winner of this year's NIU Community School of the Arts Sinfonia Concerto Competition.
O’Malley won the competition at Northern Illinois University for her audition of the first movement of the Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor by Camille Saint-Saëns. She receives a cash award and will return to DeKalb to perform the concerto with CSA Sinfonia, directed by Linc Smelser, at the May 2018 concert in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
O’Malley is a principal violist of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and an active member of the Resurrection Orchestra of St. John Cantius Church in Chicago on both violin and viola. She also is the violist of Asrai Quartet coached by Desirèe Ruhstrat, professor of violin at the Beinen School of Music, Northwestern University.
O’Malley has won numerous awards for her ensemble work from the Barnett, Discover, Rembrandt and Fischoff International chamber competitions.
Her solo violin performance awards include the Youth Symphony of DuPage Competition, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Elmhurst Concerto Competition, the DePaul University Festival, Glen Ellyn Wheaton Music Competition, Society of American Musicians, and the Rockford Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
O’Malley began her musical studies at the age of 4 on piano at the Community School of Arts in Wheaton College, where she also developed a love of violin, studying with Anita Arch. She further developed as a musician working with Ann Montzka Smelser (NIU Community School of Arts) who was instrumental in supporting O’Malley’s desire to pursue viola, as well as, violin.
To learn more about CSA Sinfonia or the other music and art classes and music ensembles for children, teens and adults offered by the NIU Community School of the Arts, call 815-753-1450 or visit www.csa.niu.edu.