Popular 'Young Artists' to be featured
The Cherokee Symphony Orchestra will present its annual "Young Artists" concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, at the Cherokee Community Center.
Auditions were held in January at the Cherokee Community Center, and were open to all students who have not yet reached their 25th birthday. Selected to perform were Susan Le Mahieu, Abrea Hesley, Amanda Stout, and Sara Schuhardt.
Susan LeMahieu. Photo by Pierson Photography
Susan LeMahieu, the daughter of Keith and Lauren LeMahieu of Frankfort, Illinois, is a sophomore and scholarship recipient at Dordt College. She is majoring in choral and instrumental music education with a minor in Clarinet Performance, studying under Dr. Karen DeMol. LeMahieu began her studies on the clarinet at the age of 11, and is now the principal clarinetist of the Dordt College Concert Band, as well as a member of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She is also involved in various vocal groups on campus, as well as accompanying others on the piano. Her summer months are spent performing with the widely recognized Wheaton (Ill.) Municipal Band. Susan will be performing Bernard Crusell's Concerto No. 2, opus 5 for Clarinet and Orchestra with the Cherokee Symphony in Sunday's concert.
Abrea Hensley. Photo by Pierson Photography
Abrea Hensley is the daughter of Tom and Kathy Hensley of Omaha, and she began studying piano when she was 12 years old. She is now a senior Piano Performance major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where her teacher is Dr. James Johnson. She has received several ratings of "Superior with Distinction" at the Nebraska Summer Music Olympics, received Honorable Mention in the Heartland Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and is a recipient of the Hellmann Music Scholarship at UNO. After her graduation, she intends to pursue a Masters Degree in Piano Performance. She will be performing Edvard Grieg's Concerto in A minor, Opus 16 for Piano and Orchestra at Sunday's concert.
Amanda Stout. Photo by Pierson Photography
Amanda Stout is the daughter of Lyle and Joyce Stout of Dunkerton, Iowa, and is a sophomore at Dordt College. Amanda is an Animal Science/Pre Vet major, with a minor in Music Performance, under teacher Lisa Duitman. Amanda began piano lessons at age seven, and was the first place winner at the 2006 Terrace Hill piano competition. She has participated in choir, departmental recitals, and the Dordt College Piano Trio while in college. Sunday, she will be performing Mozart's Piano Concerto #20 in D Minor K 466 with the Symphony.
Sara Schuhardt. Photo by Pierson Photography
Sara Schuhardt is the daughter of Randy and Shannon Schuhardt of Perry, and is currently a senior at Buena Vista University, majoring in Instrumental Music Education. Her main instrument is the flute, which she studies under Dr. David Klee, Sara was involved in the band program at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Community School and has been in the BVU Concert Band for the last four years. She has also had the opportunity to play with the Karl King Municipal Band in Ft. Dodge and the Storm Lake Municipal Band. Following her graduation from BVU, she hopes to either pursue a Master's Degree in Flute Performance or teach High School or Middle School band.
The Cherokee Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Lee Thorson, will end its performance Sunday with Aaron Copland's "Hoedown," from the 1942 ballet "Rodeo."
Season tickets are honored, and tickets for Sunday's performance at the Cherokee Community Center will be available at the door for $10. Children through high school are admitted free.