MYSO Tidbits

by Michelle Hoffman

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Senior Symphony Members to Solo with Madison Symphony

Congratulations to Senior Symphony violinists Zak Chen and Clark Snavely, named two of the four finalists of the Madison Symphony Orchestra Bolz Young Artist Competition. Zak and Clark will be featured soloists with the Madison Symphony, at the Overture Center for the Arts on April 13. The concert, Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte, will also be broadcast live on PBS Wisconsin (watch for MYSO rehearsal footage!) and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Full Scholarship Winners Attend Interlochen Arts Camp

Interlochen Scholarship Winners Isabella Nichols (left) and Ingrid Buschkopf.

Senior Symphony violinist Isabella Nichols was the 2020 winner of the Joanne W. Hulce Merit Scholarship, a full scholarship to the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. The scholarship was created to support gifted and talented MYSO musicians who have demonstrated the capacity to succeed in the exceptional opportunities made possible at the Interlochen Arts Camp High School Music Summer Program. Isabella was able to use her scholarship in 2021 to attend Interlochen’s Music Composition Summer Program. “The Joanne W. Hulce Merit Scholarship allowed me to attend the Interlochen Arts Camp, where I had the incredible opportunity to be immersed in an artistic environment and focus completely on my music. I not only received invaluable mentorship from experts, but I also collaborated with peers from across the globe and formed lifelong friendships.”

Isabella is planning to study music composition and piano in college (decision pending). Her piece composed through the 2022 John Downey Creation Project, Swan Song, will receive its world premiere by the Senior Symphony on May 22.

Senior Symphony violinist Ingrid Buschkopf was the 2021 Hulce Scholarship Winner and also attended the Interlochen Orchestra Summer Program in 2021. “Attending Interlochen Arts Camp was one of the most beneficial things I could have done to improve my musical skills, make healthy, positive connections with my peers, and learn about many different types of art, especially music. The amazing faculty and staff, the passionate campers, and the focused, yet fun environment kept me inspired and always ready to learn more. It was a great opportunity, and I will forever be grateful for the Hulce Scholarship that allowed me to attend.”

Ingrid will attend college this fall (decision pending) and plans to major in violin performance.

Civic Music Association Announces High School Competition Winners

The Civic Music Association of Milwaukee has announced the winners of its 2022 High School Competition. The winners performed on the Civic Music’s High School Showcase Recital on February 6. Congratulations to: Nolan Boerner, cello; Zak Chen, violin; Amy Koo, violin; Zackary Muñoz, flute; and Clark Snavely, violin.

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