Youth Symphony Orchestra Musicians Take the Stage for Solo Performances
On January 7th, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) held its annual Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYEs) Concerto Competition. Thirteen Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) members auditioned to win one of two Concerto Competition Prizes. The Grand Prize winner will perform their concerto with the QCSO at the QCSO/QCSYEs Side-by-Side concert in April, and the YSO Prize will perform a concerto movement accompanied by YSO on the QCSYEs Winter Festival Concert February.
The soloists auditioned before a committee consisting of members of the artistic staff from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. The winner of the Grand Prize is trumpet player Ethan Good. Ethan is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and plays trumpet in marching band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and pit orchestra. He has been playing the trumpet for 6 years and studies with Dr. Edgar Crockett. Music has been a part of his life since he was 4 years old. In addition to trumpet, Ethan plays piano in numerous gigging bands around the Quad Cities and at his church.
In second place and winning the YSO Prize is Keshav Wagle, oboe. Keshav is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and is thrilled to be performing with the Youth Symphony Orchestra! He has been playing oboe for 6 years, studying with teachers such as Jack King, Dr. Andrew Parker, and Dr. Courtney Miller. Outside of oboe, he also regularly plays piano and cello. Additionally, Keshav is secretary of Thespian Troupe #856, is drum major of the Spartan Marching Band, is a member of the varsity improvisation team, "The Select Button", and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Spartan Shield Online. Next year, he will be attending Rice University, majoring in Cognitive Science.
Keshav will be taking the stage on February 25 during the QCSYEs Winter Festival Concert at Centennial Hall with movement 1 of Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Oboe and Strings. Ethan will perform the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto on April 29 in the Adler Theatre, with the QCSO.
Tickets for either concert can be purchased online at www.qcso.org, by phone at 563-322-7276, or at the QCSO Box Office: 327 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801.