2019 Berkshire Symphony Student Soloists Announced

The Williams College Department of Music is delighted to announce the results of the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition for 2019!

(left to right) Pearson ’20, Kennedy ’19, Chan ’19, Black ’19

Sebastian Black ‘19, piano

Bob Logan, collaborating pianist


Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) Totentanz


Angela Chan ‘19, pipa

Dalton Yu ’22, collaborating pianist


草原小姐妹 (Little Sisters of the Grassland)

吴祖强 (Wu Zuqiang) (b. 1927)

王燕樵 (Wang Yanqiao) (b. 1937)

刘德海 (Liu Dehai) (b.1937)


Erin Kennedy ‘19, soprano

Jake Eisner ’21, collaborating pianist


Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) “Caro nome,” from Rigoletto


Jeff Pearson ‘20, violin

Bob Logan, collaborating pianist


Ernest Chausson (1855 – 1899) Poème, op. 25


The competition was hosted by Ronald Feldman, conductor of the Berkshire Symphony, and judged by a panel of guest musicians – Joel Pitchon (strings), L. Joseph Rose (piano), and Amanda Boyd (voice).

Mr. Feldman and Professor Ed Gollin also extend their thanks to the collaborative pianists: Jake Eisner ’21, Ellery Galvin ’18, Bob Logan, Dalton Yu ’22, and a special thanks to Edwin Lawrence for his administrative support. The competition would not be possible without the incredible dedication of our instrumental teachers, who mentor and support our performers. Thanks also to Jeffrey Miller, Stage and Orchestra Manager, and the concert team for making sure that the competition and recitals ran smoothly.

The student musicians have been selected for the honor of performing their pieces along with the Berkshire Symphony on Friday April 26, 2019 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.


We also want to thank all of the performers (in performance order):

Lucca Delcompare ’20, violin; Bob Logan, piano

Julia Choi ’20, piano; Bob Logan, piano

Olivia Tse ’20, harp; Bob Logan, piano

Caroline Tally ’21, cello; Jake Eisner ’21, piano

Matthew Williamson ’21, double bass; Ellery Galvin ’18, piano

Hannah Gruendemann ’20, mezzo-soprano; Jake Eisner ’21, piano


Want to see a list of all of our past student soloists with the Berkshire Symphony?
Link to soloists