Berkshire Symphony

Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition

The annual Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition is an open public event. Each soloist is allotted ten minutes in which to present their chosen concerto movement, song, or selection.

As a highlight the competition winners appear with the Berkshire Symphony in the fourth and final regular season concert on Friday, April 13, in Chapin Hall, a concert which showcases the remarkable talents of Williams students. All four of these annual events are noted for their high level of performance and the particular verve that these young musicians bring to their interpretations.

Introducing this year’s musicians:

David Kealhofer ’13, cello

Sam Mazzarella ’12, piano

Noah Wentzel, ’13, trumpet

Sanghyun Im ’14, tenor

Annie Jeong ’14, flute

Nina Horowitz ’14, bassoon

Matt Crimp ’12, violin

Daniel Schreiner ’14, piano

Robert Yang ’15, cello

Collaborative pianists: Elizabeth Wright, Edwin Lawrence, Robin Kibler, Tiffany Yu ’12

The Berkshire Symphony is conducted by Ronald Feldman and includes Williams students, faculty members, and professionals. The ensemble presents four major concerts each season. The programs include music from all periods and genres, from classical standards to cutting edge premieres.

The competition is open to Williams College students who have completed required instrumental or vocal studies and are enrolled in qualifying courses. The students must be recommended by their instrumental or vocal teachers. The works may be one movement from a concerto, a single-movement work, a concert or operatic aria, song cycle, etc. for soloist and orchestra.

A distinguished panel of judges consisting of professional musicians from outside the Williams community chooses the winners. This year the panel welcomes Joel Pitchon, Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Smith College; Clarinetist Jorge Montilla, Principal Clarinet of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Professor at the Latin-American Clarinet Academy of Venezuela; and pianist and choral conductor Joe Rose, Director of the Berkshire Singers.