Mukilteo Community Orchestra show is Sunday

Mar 06, 2019

The Mukilteo Community Orchestra (MCO), in partnership with the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association (SCMTA), will present its next concert on Sunday, March 10.

The Young Artists Concert will feature five student pianists, all winners of the annual SCMTA Concerto Competition. The orchestra will be accompanying these students for an afternoon of music by Haydn, Bach, Mozart, and Shostakovich.

The concert is free and will take place at 2 p.m. at the Rosehill Community Center. Trevor Lutzenhiser, MCO conductor and artistic director, will present a free pre-concert lecture at 1:20 p.m.

“These students, who range in age from 11 to 16, represent an amazing group of talented young musicians,” Lutzenhiser said. “They impress us with their dedication to their music and exceptional performance abilities. This is the fourth 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.”

SCMTA is a non-profit organization that strives to uphold musical excellence in the community. The organization offers performance and education opportunities for students, teachers, and the enjoyment of the local community. The association is one of the largest music chapters in Washington State and is an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Madison Yeon, Daniel Chi-en-Hsu and Vincent Chen will open the student portion of the concert, and following intermission, Kaitlyn Gia Lee and Zeke Taton will perform.

Yeon is an 8th-grader at Heatherwood Middle School. She has been playing piano since she was 5 years old under the tutelage of Tien-Yin Chen. She has won many competitions, such as the Sonatina/Sonata Festival, the Scholarship Competition, and received an outstanding performance seal from the Seattle Young Artist.

Chi-en-Hsu was born in Seattle in 2007. Tien-Yin Chen, his mom, has been his piano teacher since age 4. Chi-en-Hsu participates in numerous competitions and festivals. Notable awards for piano include two first places in 2016: one in SCMTA’s Sonatina Festival and the other in the Bach Festival. He currently attends Cedar Wood Elementary as a 5th Grade HC student.

Chen, 13 years old, has roots in both Canada and Taiwan. Currently he is an eighth grader at Odle Middle School. He has been playing piano since the age of five under the guidance of Tien-Yin Chen. Between 2013 and 2017, Vincent earned piano competition awards at both the SCMTA Sonatina Festival and the SIPF Bach Festival. In 2016, he won the SCMTA Concerto Competition, which allowed him to perform with the Mukilteo Community Orchestra as a soloist.

Gia Lee, 11, is a 5th grader at Lakeside Middle School in Seattle.  A top prize winner of 32 piano competitions over the past three years, she most recently won top prizes at the Russian Chamber Music Competition, Gold Medals for the Seattle International Piano Competition/Classical Viennese Festival and 1st place awards at the Performance Arts Festival of the Eastside (PAFE) for both concerto and solo divisions.

Taton is in his eleventh year of studying piano, currently under Judy Baker. He is a homeschooled high school sophomore who enjoys the performance experience. Some of his musical achievements include placing in the SCMTA Scholarships Competition, being one of the winners of the Convention Recital Competition, winning a silver medal in the Chamber Music Festival, earning bronze medals at the Chopin and Russian Festivals and receiving a medal at SCMTA’s Sonatina/Sonata Festival.

“The Snohomish County Music Teachers Association is so grateful for the continuous community efforts of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra,” said Rachel Dickinson, former SCMTA President.  “We have seen time and again how they encourage excellence in our student’s personal discipline, artistic quality and give the gift of a dream realized. Aristotle's quote certainly applies. 'Excellence is an art won by training ... We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.’"

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