Dana students face off in annual vocal/instrumental competition

Eleven students in Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music match skills in the annual Dana Young Artist Competition 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 in the Edward W. Powers Auditorium at the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown.

The competition, which includes vocal and instrumental performances, is free and open to the public.

The event is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled in applied music at the Dana School of Music. Up to three winners may be chosen who will perform their competition repertoire with the Dana Symphony Orchestra or the Dana Chamber Orchestra during the 2018-19 season.

Performers are:

  • Mia Colon, soprano, performing “Someone Like You,” from Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll & Hyde.
  • Aaron Podorson, bass trombone, performing excerpts from Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone.
  • Alisha Moore, French horn, performing excerpts from Richard Strauss’s Concerto for Horn in E-flat Major, op. 11.
  • Lindsay Heavner, mezzo-soprano, performing “Una voce poco fa,” from Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
  • Sierra McCorvey, soprano, performing “Lament of Ian The Proud,” from Charles Griffes’s Three Poems of Fiona Macleod.
  • Brittany Baglia, violin, performing Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy in E-flat Minor, op. 46.
  • Laura Makara, French horn, performing Franz Strauss’s Concerto for Horn in C Minor, op. 8.
  • Shaun A. McCune, guitar, performing excerpts from Elmer Bernstein’s Concerto for Guitar For Two Christophers.
  • Anna Reitsma, flute, performing excerpts from Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute, FS 119.
  • Kathleen Howells, soprano and Nicholas Samson, trumpet, performing “Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drum,” Z. 335 by Henry Purcell.

The three judges are Steuart Pincombe, cellist with Apollo's Fire; Jeffrey Tedford, orchestra conductor at Grove City College; and Dr. Neil Qiang, pianist and vocal coach at Central State University. They will select the winner at approximately 4:45 p.m. that day.

Parking is available adjacent to the DeYor Performing Arts Center. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307.