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Young Artist Concert presented

Monday, March 26, 2007

Renowned Cherokee Symphony performed April 1

The Cherokee Symphony proudly held its Young Artist Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday , April 1, at the Cherokee Community Center in Cherokee.

The concert featured four student soloists, chosen after auditions held February 10. Stephanie March, Nathan Green, Brent Ramsey, and Ashley Mazu all had the opportunity to solo with the symphony, under the direction of Maestro Lee Thorson.

Stephanie March
Stephanie March, daughter of James and Kathryn March from Sioux City, is currently studying cello with Peter Howard, retired principal cellist of the St. Paul, Minn. Chamber Orchestra. She began her cello studies in Sioux City at the age of three with Joe Shufro. By age seven, she was playing cello with the Sioux City Symphonette and at age nine she joined the Siouxland Youth Symphony Orchestra. At age 13, she became the youngest member of the Sioux City Symphony and is currently in her fourth season with the orchestra. She will be featured as soloist with the orchestra in a performance of Beethoven Triple Concerto this coming May. Stephanie is 16 years old and a senior at Sioux City Heelan High School.

Nathan Green
Nathan Green is a pupil of James Johnson. He has performed with the Omaha Area Youth Symphony and multiple times with the Omaha Symphony. Mr. Green has also studied with Anton Nel, Jean-David Coen, and Jerelen Bartone, and has performed in master classes with Nelita True, Leon Bates, and Aldo Mancinelli. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was chosen to perform on the Spotlight Recital Series. Green currently studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where, in addition to the Helmann scholarship, he is the winner, on basis of his academic achievement, of a prestigious Regents Scholarship. Green also studies organ at UNO under the aegis of the Nebraska Summer Music Olympics organ scholarship. He is the pianist for the UNO Chamber Orchestra.

Brent Ramsey
Brent Ramsey was born in Council Bluffs. He attended Washington Elementary and joined the school band in 6th grade. While attending Kirn Junior High, he attended honor bands and received outstanding soloist awards for clarinet and baritone sax. At Abraham Lincoln High School he continued to do well on the clarinet and became a three year All-Stater in the Iowa All-State Band. At Wayne State College he is the Principal Clarinetist of the Wind Ensemble. In 2005 he enlisted and joined the servicemen and women of the 43rd Army National Guard of Nebraska. Most recently he has been selected into the Intercollegiate Honor Band of Nebraska and was selected to represent Wayne State College Music Department at the Collegiate Music Educators' National Conference showcase recital in Lincoln. Ramsey is a student of Dr. Jay O'Leary.

Ashley Mazur
Ashley Mazure has studied voice under Paula Keeler for the last six years. She has also studied vocal instruction under Erin Nelson, Amy Sarchet, and Kathleen Negus. Mazure was selected for the All-State Chorus in 2005 and 2006, and had a 1 rating for high school vocal solo in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. She has directed High School musical theatre, and has been Primghar Community Playhouse Children's Musical Director. She is currently a freshman at Buena Vista University, Storm Lake

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