LI Youth Orchestra Features Concerto Winners

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The 55th season of the Long Island Youth Orchestra (LIYO) concludes on Sunday, June 11, at 2 p.m. at W.T. Clarke High School (740 Edgewood Dr., Westbury) and will feature this year’s second and third place Concerto Competition winners, clarinetist Michelle Hromin and trombonist Philip Orselli. The concert will also include Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2. and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, First Movement “Totenfeier.” Scott J. Dunn, music director and conductor of the LIYO, will conduct.

Hromin will perform Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet & Orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber. Hromin is a senior at W.T. Clarke High School in Westbury and has been a member of LIYO since 2014. She has been principal clarinetist since 2015. In addition, she is principal clarinetist of the Nassau Suffolk Wind Symphony and has been with the LIU Post College Orchestra for the past two years. Hromin currently studies with clarinetist Liam Burke, but has had several private teachers over the course of her nine years of playing that have shaped her into the clarinetist she is. Hromin performed in the 2015 NYSSMA All-State Band, the 2016 NAFME All-National Concert Band and recently attended the NAFME All-Eastern Music Conference in April. She is studying clarinet performance in the fall. While being part of numerous ensembles and clubs in her school, she is a peer mentor for the freshman class, maintains memberships in all academic honor societies and is a private clarinet teacher.

Philip Orselli
Michelle Hromin

Orselli will perform the Concertino for Trombone & Orchestra by Ferdinand David. He is currently a senior at Baldwin Senior High School. Orselli is excited and grateful to be playing this concerto with LIYO. This is his third year with LIYO and his second year acting as principal trombone. He has been playing the trombone since fourth grade and has been part of his high school and middle school jazz and wind ensembles, as well as the BSHS Pit Orchestra. He has performed the past two years at the New York All State Music Festival and attends the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program. Orselli’s former teachers include John Lieto and Gilles Bernard.

The competition was started by founder and music director Emeritus Martin Dreiwitz and serves to recognize the most talented high school seniors in the orchestra. The competition is held in the fall of each year with featured performances by the winners presented throughout the season. This year’s competition winners also include Laura Bogen (cello) and Alyssa Rust (flute).

Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors and will be available one hour prior to the concert. Visit www.liyo.org or call 516-299-3174 to reserve tickets in advance.

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