MUKILTEO — Each of Snohomish County’s volunteer orchestras support young people interested in music.
Mukilteo Community Orchestra’s partnership with the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association is especially valuable, as the orchestra annually invites a handful of young musicians to perform with the community group.
On Sunday afternoon, Dec. 17, five student winners of the music teachers association’s concerto competition will present parts of those concertos, accompanied by the orchestra.
MCO’s conductor and artistic director Trevor Lutzenhiser said the group of talented young people range in age from 9 to 16.
“They impress us with their dedication to their music and exceptional performance abilities,” Lutzenhiser said in a release from the orchestra. “This is the third year that the Mukilteo Community Orchestra has partnered with the SCMTA and our orchestra members are delighted to be accompanying them once again this year.”
Eunrae Kim, Kathryn McKenna and Lilly Young will open the concert with vocal and piano compositions by Mozart and Schumann. Following intermission, Claire Kim and Jen Nguyen will perform piano pieces by Chopin and Gershwin.
Eunrae, a fourth grader at King’s School, will perform the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 17 in G Major. The 9-year-old began lessons only two years ago, but already she has competed and won medals at numerous festivals.
Kathryn, a soprano, will sing Mozart’s “Non su piu cosa son” from “Marriage of Figaro.” She is 15 and a sophomore at Kamiak High School, where she participates in Bel Canto Choir. She also plays viola and has appeared in several of Village Theatre’s KidStage productions.
Lilly, 16, a sophomore at Archbishop Murphy High School, will perform the first movement of Concerto in A minor by Schumann. A piano student for the past 11 years, Lilly has done well in many other piano competitions.
Claire, a ninth grader at Gateway Middle School in Mill Creek, will perform Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise by Chopin. Now 14, Claire started piano at age 5 and also is an accomplished violinist with Seattle Youth Symphony. She won the 2016 Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s “Catch a Rising Star” competition and other state-level competitions.
Jen, 15, will perform the Allegro from Concerto in F Major by Gershwin. Jen is a junior at Kamiak High School. She has placed in numerous competitions and festivals. She also plays violin, is a part of an elite chamber group named Kammerstretch, and also plays the harp and ukulele.
Mukilteo Community Orchestra
The free Young Artists Concert will be performed at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. More information is at www.mukilteoorchestra.org.