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Concerto soloists just announced

March 14, 2016

Soloing is one of the most prestigious opportunities a musician can get. It also can be one of the most frightening moments in their musical career, being the focus of an entire audience. This wide spectrum of emotions is part of the Stillwater Concerto Concert.

The Concerto Concert takes place on May 22, and the auditions occurred on Feb. 27-28. A concerto is a solo accompanied by an orchestra, or in this case the Stillwater Concert Orchestra accompanying seniors Kristen Diederichs on Oboe, Jonathan Luk on Cello, Brooke Knoll on Harp, and the vocalist Kate Kugler.

Many seniors try out to join in this opportunity, but only four are accepted. There are two soloing positions for strings and two positions for others: wind instruments or vocalists.

“[The Concerto Concert] is a spot for a solo for the last Concert Orchestra performance of the year, the spring concert,” senior Jonathan Luk said.

Each student is allowed to select their own piece to solo, and to allow time for the orchestra to learn the piece the auditions happen far before the actual performance.

“I will be playing  Édouard Lalo’s First movement in D minor,” Luk said. “I am playing the Mozart concerto in C for oboe,” senior Kristen Diederichs said.

Many of the soloists have seen and been inspired by previous year’s Concerto concerts, and by other musicians in their life.

“I have come to the concert every year since seventh grade. It’s been a goal of mine since watching them and made me want to play cello,” Luk said.

Diederichs said, “I have been going to the concerto concert since I was really little, because my family really likes to go to the orchestra concerts. My sister was in band and orchestra, and she was five years older than me, so I went to a lot of her concerts. I started playing the summer before fifth grade. I thought it would be really fun to be a soloist, and I have never seen an oboe do it before.”

With less positions open than the number of seniors auditioning, the Concerto Concert auditions were a stressful time for all.

“I was really nervous. I have been waiting a long time to audition, and I really did not want to mess up,” Luk said. “But, I know the more I worry, the worse I play, so I had to work to distract myself.”

Senior year can already be very difficult, and adding the selection, auditioning, practicing and performing of the Concerto Concert can be stressful.

“Choose a piece early and stick with it; Senior year can be very busy and you do not have time to go back and forth between different pieces. Just focus on one piece,” Luk said.

Diederichs said, “Make sure you pick up your piece early enough. I picked up my piece in July. Practice really hard until about the week before and then make sure that you are calm enough about it. It should be about having fun and be something that you want to do. It should be a fun thing.”

The solos performed at the Concerto Concert are a parting gift from some of the hardest working, most talented musicians at the school.

“Those soloists have earned their spots and have worked hard for that. Anything less than that would not really represent the music program here at Stillwater,” Luk said.


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8 Responses to “Concerto soloists just announced”

  1. Liv Krusinski on March 29th, 2016 9:31 am

    I really liked the layout of this article. You got great supporting quotes and used a really nice vocabulary. Great job setting up and giving a sufficient amount of background information.

  2. Lily Marchan on March 29th, 2016 1:29 pm

    The quotes for this article were really strong. I like how you explained what the concert was and went into preparations and other info. I found this extremely informative and concise.

  3. Sam Hudachek on March 29th, 2016 5:43 pm

    I loved your introduction paragraph! I also liked the flow of the story. It seemed to all just fit into place! Also, I loved your photos, especially the one of Brooke!

  4. Caroline Allessi on March 29th, 2016 9:27 pm

    Very good article. It drew me in right from the beginning and kept me interested throughout. Also it provided a lot of information about concerto, as well as many insightful, quality quotes. The pictures could use some work as some of them are a bit blurry, but the article makes up for it! Great job!

  5. Madison Crain on March 29th, 2016 10:26 pm

    I love this article. Great facts, I learned so much like what the concert is and the work and dedication going into it. I liked how we followed two seniors journeys throughout the whole thing.

  6. Chris Faffler on March 30th, 2016 12:19 am

    Great article. It has a great use of vocabulary, and really goes into depth about the concert. Very informative and very well structured.

  7. Dylan Foster on March 30th, 2016 12:29 pm

    Fantastic article. The interviews were great and the in-depth look at what was going on in the minds of the musicians during the concert was captivating. Well done.

  8. Dylan Foster on March 30th, 2016 12:30 pm

    sorry not during but during their preparations.

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