School of Music Concerto Competition winners announced

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Concerto Competition winners (from left) Matthew Gioia, Christopher Mantell and Yejin Lee.

The Fredonia School of Music hosted its annual Concerto Competition on May 3 with a virtual audience.

Winners of the prestigious competition are offered the opportunity to perform with major School of Music ensembles. They included:

Saxophonist Matthew Gioia, a student of Dr. Wildy Zumwalt. He will perform the third and fourth movement from the Concerto by Stephen Dankner with the College Symphony during the 2021-2022 academic year. Mr. Gioia, from Carriere, Miss., is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music degree in Music Performance.

Pianist Yejin Lee, a student of Fr. Sean Duggan, with perform the first movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, by Sergei Rachmaninoff with the College Symphony during the 2021-2022 academic year. From Seoul, South Korea, she is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance.

Saxophonist Christopher Mantell, also a student of Dr. Zumwalt, will perform the Concert Suite by William Bolcom with the Fredonia Wind Ensemble next year. From Randolph, N.J., he is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance.

School of Music judges included faculty Drs. Sarah Hamilton, Eliran Avni and Paula Holcomb, Laura Koepke, Barry Kilpatrick, Dr. Kay Stonefelt,  David Rose and Lynne McMurtry, joined by Fredonia alumnus Andrew Bisantz.

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