– The Civic Symphony of Green Bay is pleased to announce the winners of its 2023 Miroslav Pansky Memorial Concerto Competition:
High School Division Winner
Sophia Serra, senior at Wisconsin Connections Academy, studies with Samantha George. Performed the first movement of Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major by Sergei Prokofiev.
High School Division Runner-Up
Nolan Henckel, senior at Xavier High School in Appleton, studies with Bruce Atwell. Performed the third movement of Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major by Richard Strauss.
College Division Winner
Gabe Roethle, senior at Lawrence University, studies with Wen-Lei Gu. Performed the first movement of Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major by Sergei Prokofiev.
College Division Runner-Up
Ben Campbell, senior at Lawrence University, studies with Wen-Lei Gu. Performed the first movement of William Walton’s Violin Concerto.
Open to students in Northeast Wisconsin, the competition was held in late October on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. There were a total of 34 applicants – nine in the high school age group and 25 college students. The judges heard a variety of selections from the solo repertoire, demonstrating the incredible level of talent of local student musicians. Ultimately the judges chose the best auditions, and for the first time, the two winners performed the same violin concerto.
Sophia Serra will perform at the orchestra’s “Music for Young Listeners” concert the morning of Friday, February 16, 2024. Gabe Roethle will perform with the orchestra at the evening concert the same day. Scholarship awards will be presented to the students, with the first place winners each receiving $500 and the runners-up each receiving $250.
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