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Long Island Flute Club Competition Winners Recital

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The winners and runners up of the 2012 LIFC High School and College Competitions will perform a FREE recital that is open to the public.

This annual event highlights the best of Long Island's young flute players as well as their teachers. All participants in the competition and their teachers are members of the Long Island Flute Club.

The concert will feature the following performers:

HS Competition Winners:

In the High School Division, Leah Stevens is the winner of the Harold Bennett Memorial First Prize. Leah began playing the flute at the age of 8 before starting formal studies with Joan Schwartzman in 5th grade. Since then, Leah has been a finalist in competitions with the Long Island Philharmonic, Westfield Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, and LISMA International Music Competition (2nd place). Most recently, Leah won The Island Symphony competition and will be their featured soloist in April. Leah is principal flute of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, was first flute in the 2011 Tanglewood Young Artists Wind Ensemble, and plays first flute with Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic. Leah’s mentors include Stefan Hoskuldsson of the Met, Karla Moe, Linda Toote, Jeffrey Khaner, Linda Chesis and Gary Schocker, among others. Leah is presently studying full time with Elizabeth Janzen of the
MSM Precollege. Leah is a sophomore at East Islip High School and has been an LIFC Holiday Flute Choir member from 2005 - 2009.

The Second Place Irma V. Miller Memorial Prize is awarded to Abigail Serignese-Maier. Abi, for short, has been playing the flute for ten years. She is a junior at Ward Melville High School, and studies flute with Alison Hubbard. She was a participant in this year’s LIFC Honors Flute Choir, and the All-State Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. David Holsinger. Playing the flute is her passion, and she is planning a career as a performer or music educator.

Brianna Munch is the recipient of the Jan Benson Memorial Third Prize. Brianna is currently a junior at Kings Park high School, studying flute with Lauren Ausubel. She has been selected to play in the SCMEA All-County Band twice during high school, and played in the NYSCAME wind ensemble this past year. This is her first year participating in the
LIFC High School competition, and she plans to pursue a degree in musical performance in college.

The Ivy Jacobsen Memorial Fourth Prize goes to Sudheer Nuggehalli, a senior at Herricks High School. A former student of Mrs. Joan Schwartzman, Sudheer is currently studying with Ms. Karla Moe. Sudheer was a participant of the NYSSMA 2010 Conference All-State Symphony Orchestra and NYSSMA 2011 All-State alternate. Sudheer was awarded fourth place in the 2010 LIFC High School competition and performed in this year’s LIFC Honors Flute Choir. He is a flutist in the Herricks High School Wind Ensemble, which was awarded NYSSMA Level VI Gold With Distinction in 2010, and has been a member of their Tri-M Music Honor Society since 2009. Sudheer is a three-time participant in the NMEA All-County Orchestra, and a member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra since 2006. In 2008 he was awarded the Herricks Middle School Music Award for outstanding musicianship, dedication and contribution to the Herrick’s music program, and he received a Blue Ribbon Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in the New York Flute Club Young Musicians Contest in 2009.

The high school finalists are Isabel Hanson, a senior at Cold Spring Harbor High School, studying with Alison Hubbard, Becca Schaarschmidt, a junior at Centereach High School, and a student of Alison Hubbard, Michelle Elena Zarco, a junior at Smithown High School, and a student of Lauren Ausubel, and Alexandra Leonardo, a junior at W.Tresper Clarke High School, who studies with Lauren Ausubel. The four finalists will perform a quartet, coached by LIFC member Alison Hubbard.

In the College Competition, the Samuel Baron Memorial First Prize is awarded to Samantha Clarke, a sophomore at LIU C. W. Post College, studying music education. She is currently co-principal of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and also performs in the orchestra. Samantha is also featured in a woodwind quintet, as well as a flute and guitar duo. Last year, Samantha won third prize in the LIFC Undergraduate Solo Competition, and, this past fall, she was selected to perform Debussy’s
“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” solo with the LIU C.W. Post Orchestra. Samantha studies flute with Ms. Karla Moe.

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