Young Musicians Contest 2015

The 2015 Young Musicians Contest was held on Sunday, March 8. Congratulations to all our winners. We thank YMC coordinator Yeami Kim and our judges Sanae Nakayama, Mary-Ann Tu and Reva Youngstein (for ages 8 and under and 9-11) and Carla Auld, Suzanne Gilchrest and Barbara Williams (for ages 12-14 and 15-17). The winners played at the Flute Fair on March 15.

Our 2015 Winners


Age 8 and Under: William M. Garrity

A New York City native, William M. Garrity, age 8, attends Second Grade at Dwight School. At age 5, Will began his flute studies with Valerie Holmes at the Lucy Moses School, using the Suzuki method. When not playing the flute, Will enjoys dodgeball, visiting museums and travel. His teacher is Valerie Holmes.

Ages 9-11: Sophie Malagraph

Sophie Malagraph, 9, has been studying privately with Zara Lawler from the age of 5. She is in the 3rd grade at West Nyack Elementary School. Her interest in flute began when she watched her brother, Conor, take lessons. Sophie enjoys reading, running track and playing with her dog Louie. She also enjoys attending her flute group class with Noelle Perrin.

Ages 12-14: Sean Marron

Sean Marron is in the eighth grade at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, NJ and has been playing the flute for 3 years. He studies privately with Nancy Horowitz. He plays the flute and piccolo in the Academy Orchestra of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and the Waldwick Band. He is the recent winner of the 2015 Concerto Competition of the Academy Orchestra and will be playing in their Spring concert. He has performed with Sir James Galway at Carnegie Hall in Tim Janis' "American Christmas Carol." He also has received the Blue-Ribbon award from the New York Flute Club's Young Musician's Contest for the past two years.

Ages 15-17: Jamie Morein

Jamie Morein,16, is a junior from East Meadow High School. She began playing the flute at the age of 9, and is currently studying with Lauren Ausubel. Jamie is a five time All County musician in both the flute and piccolo, and this past December she was Principal Flute of the All State Symphonic Band.  Jamie was the first place winner of the 2015 Long Island Flute Club High School Soloist Competition, and was the recipient of a merit scholarship for the Oyster Bay Music Festival in 2013 and 2014.  Jamie has been a member of Nassau Suffolk Performing Arts since 2009 and is in her third year as the Principal Flute in the Wind Ensemble, she is also in her second year as Principal Flute of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra's Principal Orchestra. She has been accepted into the 2015 NYSSSA program for orchestral studies in Saratoga Springs, NY. Jamie aspires to be a professional musician.

Our Honorable Mention Winners

Age 9-11: Eunhye Choi.
Age 12-14: Nadira Novruzov and Grace Helmke
Age 15-17: Jonah Murphy and Francesca Moorman

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