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Young musicians to perform at Honors Recital

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 9:49 a.m. CDT

Six talented young musicians will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the annual Honors Recital at Northern Illinois University. They are the recipients of a talent scholarship awarded by the NIU Community School of the Arts after a rigorous audition held in early January. The students each receive a prize of $250.

A total of 102 students have been awarded talent scholarships by the community school since they were established in 1996.

Ranging in age from 12 to 16, this year’s winners are from DeKalb, Glen Ellyn and Rockford and will perform works by Gretry, Joplin, Corelli, Bruch, Debussy and Kreisler.

The recipients all are students in the NIU Community School of the Arts, where they receive private lessons from Ann Montzka-Smelser, Jaina Krueger and Jui-Ching Wang.

William Jiang, 14, is an eighth-grade student at Marshall Academy in Rockford. He is the son of Yiwei Jiang and Sumei Zhoi. He is a violin student and will perform Praeludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler.

Christine Ryzhov, 12, is a sixth-grade student at Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb. She is the daughter of Victor Ryzhov and Natalia Vinokur. She studies violin and will play Tambourine by A. Gretry.

Alyssa Leston is the daughter of Stephen and Heather Leston. She is a seventh-grade homeschool student and lives in DeKalb. She is a violinist and will perform La Folia by A. Corelli.

Chance Hostetler, 16, is a homeschool student in the 10th grade. He is the son of Chris and Anna Hostetler and lives in DeKalb. He studies piano and will play Bethena by Scott Joplin.

Allison Kozinski, 16, is the daughter of Ted and Melanie Kozinski of DeKalb. She is a homeschool student and is in her junior year. She studies piano and will perform Prelude for Piano by Debussy.

Leo Thomas O’Malley, 15, will perform on violin the first movement of the Concerto in g minor by Max Bruch. He is the son of Christopher and LeMarie O’Malley. He is a homeschool student and is in the ninth grade.

The recital is free and open to the public. It is in the Recital Hall of the Music Building on the campus of Northern Illinois University.

The money for the awards comes from the community school’s scholarship fund. In addition to the talent scholarships, the program also awards need scholarships. Since 1993, more than 700 scholarships have been awarded to area students to pursue the arts.

The NIU Community School of the Arts offers lessons, classes and ensembles in music, art and theater. More information is available at www.csa.niu.edu or by calling 815-753-1450.

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