Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival

Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival
Posted on 08/21/2018

The Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival ran from August 13-18 and took place at the Rome Art & Community Center. It was hosted by Alliance Classical Players in cooperation with the Rome Art & Community Center and Rome City School District.

Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival was a week-long program for wind and brass students entering grades 8-12. Graduating seniors were also welcome. The program held nightly practices for a performance that was held on Saturday, August 18.

The festival provided motivated student musicians with valuable chamber music playing experience in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at one of Rome’s most beautiful performing venues. The musicians of Alliance Classical Players are all seasoned teachers as well as performers, who love working with young people and helping them to learn and grow musically.

Rome Free Academy graduates Elizabeth Hahn, Rebecca Matte and Zachary Houle served as interns for the programs. All three students are continuing their education in music. Elizabeth graduated from RFA in 2017 and attends Fredonia College for Music and Biology. Rebecca and Zachary both graduated in 2018 and are attending Crane School of Music. Rebecca is a Vocal Performance Major and Zachary is a Music Education Major.

Each night the students enjoyed a musical performance featuring multiple instruments. Activities also included an ice cream social and snacks. 

Eight Rome City School District students attended including Amanda Bartholomew, Sharmayne Gambrel, Alec Fragapane, Joshua Pelerossi, Madison Short, Zachary Swistak, Zoe Fragapane and Sarah Hahn. Students from Notre Dame, Camden, and Whitesboro also attended.

Claire McKenney was the Brass Coach. Woodwind Coaches were Elizabeth Evans, Kristin Kelly, Judy Marchione, and Colleen O’Neil.

Alliance Classical Players:

Flutes: Elizabeth Evans & Cornelia Brewster

Oboes: Janelle Bookhout & Kathryn Dimmel

Clarinets: Kristin Kelly & Colleen O’Neil

Bassoons: Judy Marchione & Sue Daves

French Horns: Claire McKenney & Elizabeth Hahn

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