For 34 years The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s (CMS) annual Young Musicians Concerts have provided a unique and thrilling opportunity for advanced high school instrumentalists.
“One of the most important aspects of music education is to connect aspiring student musicians with high quality professional artists,” said Aimee Lillenstein, Jericho High School orchestra teacher. “We feel so privileged that The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center chose to expand the program to become more inclusive of students in the greater New York area.
CMS selects the participants through a highly competitive audition process.
“Now our students have the opportunity to work with the world class artistry of the Chamber Music Society musicians in their own backyard,” Lillenstein added.
The selected ensembles won individual coaching sessions with world-renowned CMS musicians and the opportunity to perform in the public Long Island Young Musicians concert, which the Tilles Center for Performing Arts at LIU Post hosted on Jan. 31 in the Hillwood Recital Hall.
The winners of this competition are from Jericho High School, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, Herricks High School, Manhasset High School, North Shore High School and Syosset High School.
“Having participated in the Lincoln Center Young Musicians concerts for many years, I am delighted that CMS has now created a Long Island regional competition which opens the potential for additional schools, chamber music groups and, most importantly, students to have the opportunity to be coached by artists from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and perform in a professionally produced chamber music concert at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts,” said Michael Schwartz, the performing arts department head and director of instrumental music at the William A. Shine Great Neck South High School.
“We know how valuable the incredible educational experience has been for our advanced music students in the Lincoln Center Young Musicians Concerts, working with the Chamber Music Society and meeting students from other schools who share the same musical passion for chamber music.”
In addition, select ensembles from the Long Island competition have been invited to perform at the New York City Young Musicians Concert at Alice Tully Hall on April 27 at 11 a.m.
Visit www.chambermusicsociety.org for more information on the Chamber Music Society’s education programs.