If you missed the Concerto Competition recital, you missed an amazing musical experience. All of our finalist's played marvelously and the judges had a very tough decision to make. This year's prestigious group of judges included Rimma Bergeron-Langlois – Concert Master of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Gary Wolf – Former Professor of Piano at UCF, and Patrick Graham - Clarinetist with the Orlando Philharmonic. Congratulations are in order to our 4 concerto winners who will be performing with FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra at these concerts:
Celebration Foundation, Classical Concert Series – January 26, 2014:
Jean-Marie Glazer - Concerto No.1 in C Major, Hob. VIIb: 1, Mvmt. 1 – Haydn
Children Helping Children – March 9, 2014:
John Horzen - Concerto in C Major, Op. 48, Mvmt. 1 - Kabalevsky
Rebecca Edge - Concerto No.2, Op. 22, Mvmt. 1 – Wieniawski
Finale – May 4, 2014:
Tyler Pacheco - Viola Concerto, Mvmt. 1 – Walton
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Finalist, in alphabetical order by last name:
Rebecca Edge, Violin: Rebecca Edge is a 14 year old student at Winter Park High School. She has been a member of FSYO for six years, and is currently assistant concertmaster of Symphonic. In 2011, she was an FSYO concerto competition winner, a Bach Festival Young Artist Competition finalist, placed in the BRAVO International Chamber Music Workshop Concerto Competition, and was concertmaster of the All State Middle School Orchestra.
In 2013, she soloed with the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra when she won the First Annual Guy Saint Clair Competition, and was a finalist in the New World Symphony Young Artist Competition. This past summer, she attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute on merit scholarship, where she served as principal second violinist of the Young Artist Orchestra and was chosen to participate in a masterclass with Peter Zazofsky. She has enjoyed the opportunity of studying violin with Lev Gurevich for the past nine years.
Emily Erdman, Violin: Emily Erdman is the principal second violinist of FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra. This is her seventh season with FSYO. Emily is a freshman at Seminole High School, where she holds a 4.5 GPA in the International Baccalaureate program, is a member of the Key Club, and is the concertmaster of the Seminole High School Symphonic Orchestra. She is a member of the Teen Team at the Central Florida Zoo and aspires to become a veterinarian.
Emily has been seated in the Florida All State Orchestra by audition each year since her eligibility in the seventh grade. She also participates annually in the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and Florida Music Educators Association competitions. She enjoys playing at her church as well as with her string quartet, which performs regularly at community and private events. Emily has been playing violin for ten years and is privileged to study with Dr. Lev Gurevich.
Jean-Marie Glazer, Cello: Born January 19, 1998 in Laval, near Montreal, Canada,Jean-Marie started his music studies at 3 on piano, violin and voice, switching to cello shortly after. He has been a member of FSYO for nine years as of 2013, and has thirteen years of chamber music experience with the Glazer family quintet, the jazz quartet, the string trio, the vocal quintet, and also other chamber experience outside of the family. His cello teachers include Susan McCoy, Sue Goldman, Brenda Higgins and David Bjella (current).
Although of a young age, Jean-Marie possesses a vast performance knowledge of many kinds of music, and has performed in over a thousand concerts, recitals and functions. Despite his musical abilities, Jean-Marie wants to be an actor when he grows up.
John Horzen, Violin: John Horzen is currently a sophomore in the Cypress Creek International Baccalaureate program, and a longtime member of the FSYO. He studies with Dr. Lev Gurevitch and has previously been a finalist in both the Bach Festival's Young Artist competition and the FSYO Concerto competition. He is an FMEA All-State participant, and the concertmaster of his school orchestra. When not practicing, working through his pile of homework or finding time to sleep in between, he enjoys reading, rocketry and Doctor Who.
Jocelyn Hsu, Violin: Jocelyn Hsu, age 18, began studying violin with Dr. Lev Gurevich at the age of 9. She has competed at local and state levels of competition under FSMTA, MTNA, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and OMC, and has ranked at the top of her ensembles in all-county and all-state orchestras. This is Jocelyn's third season playing with FSYO. She is currently the associate concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Andrew Lane. Jocelyn attended Interlochen Arts Camp this past summer and received the Mikhail Stolarevsky and Alexander Stolley Concertmaster Scholarship. She plans on studying music when she goes to college this fall and she would like to thank her teachers for their inspiration and work they have dedicated into her music as well as her family for their continuous support.
Vanessa Huber Weber, Violin: Vanessa Huber Weber, an 8th grade student with Seminole County Virtual School, started violin lessons two months before her 4th birthday. She began in Overture Strings when she was 5. This is her eighth year as an FSYO member and is currently in her second year in Symphonic.Vanessa has performed 3 times in the Seminole County Arts Alive program and has represented FSYO at the Mayor's address and other functions. Vanessa was a finalist in the Orfeo Festival Concerto Competition and in the Orfeo Festival International Competition in Vipiteno, Italy this summer. Vanessa studies with Dr. Alvaro Gomez. She also participates in the Winter Park Chamber Music Academy.Vanessa has volunteered her time and talent to Children's Miracle Network, Pathways to Home, and Community Based Care. Vanessa enjoys baking, playing piano, competitive fencing and of course, orchestra.
Ivan Kaiser, Cello: Ivan Kaiser began playing the cello at age 11 and has served as principal cellist in the FSYO Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras, the Florida Young Artist's orchestra, and assistant principal in the Florida All State orchestra. Ivan would especially like to thank his private teacher David Bjella, and John Dupuis and Andrew Lane for introducing him to the advanced symphonic repertoire played so well by the FSYO. Ivan is a senior at Lake Howell High School and is currently juggling college applications to both music and film schools.
Tyler Pacheco, Viola: Award winning violist, Tyler Pacheco, 17, is a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. Tyler has played the viola since age 9. This is Tyler's fourth year as a member of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, this year holding the principal violist position. For three years, he has been the Co-Principal violist of the Winter Park Chamber Music Academy under the direction of Dr. Alvaro Gomez. Tyler has attended Florida All-State for two years and as principal violist for the 2011-2012 conference.
For the past three summers, Tyler has attended the Brevard Music Center Festival in Brevard, North Carolina, under Artistic director Keith Lockhart, holding the Assistant Principal Viola Position. In March of 2013, Tyler won first prize at the Frost School of Music viola solo competition in the senior division at the University of Miami. In his free time, Tyler enjoys his role as captain of the Lake Highland ArcherTeam. Tyler studies with Dr. Jesus Alfonzo.