Conservatory Names 2019 Concerto/Aria Winners

The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce the winners of the Concerto/Aria 2019 competition. 

Aaron Robinson, oboe
Dan Velicer, orchestral reduction
Concerto in One Movement for Oboe and Orchestra, Op. 45 (1927), Sir Eugène Goosens (1893–1962)

Varissara Vatcharanukul, piano
Kai-Han Yang, orchestral reduction
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 (1830–31), Felix Mendelssohn
III. Presto – Molto allegro e vivace (1809–1847)

Rick Firestone, soprano saxophone
Dan Velicer, orchestral reduction
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (2007), John Mackey (b. 1973)
II. Felt
V. Finale

Alternate: Kelli Van Meter, soprano
Michelle Alexander, piano
“È Strano!...Ah, fors’è è lui...Sepmre libera”, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
from La traviata (1853)

Two of the students will perform with the Conservatory Orchestra, Thursday, February 7, 2019 in White Recital Hall, 7:30 pm.

The Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble performance will be announced at a later date.

Congratulations to all the students and their professors.

Special thanks to this year's judges.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor, Kansas City Symphony

Doug Jones, American tenor

Jack Winerock, Professor of Piano, KU School of Music

Published: Oct 29, 2018