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For 20 years, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra has showcased local musicians and vocalists "on the rise," providing high school and college students the opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra. CVNC.org's Paul D. Williams has called this competition and concert experience: "the Gold Medal...for consistent and invaluable support and encouragement of uncommonly talented young music students... [which] rightly belongs to the committed musicians of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra." Rising Stars returns live and in-person this year at Meredith College's Jones Auditorium on Saturday, May 7, at 7:00pm
Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite
Guilmant Organ Symphony No. 1: Introduction and Allegro
Nielsen Concerto for Flute and Orchestra: Allegro Moderato
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture
Delius: A Walk to the Paradise Garden
This year's edition will feature competition winners Kyrese Washington on the first movement of Neilsen's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra; and Jonghee Yoon, playing the first movement of Guilmant's Organ Symphony No. 1 on the 1970 Austin "Cooper" Organ, named for Meredith's Dr. Harry E. Cooper, music department head from 1937-1969.
Tickets are available at www.raleighsymphonyorchestra.org or at the door. $27 adults, $22 students/seniors, $10 children. Meredith College students and faculty can attend free with ID.
Kyrese Washington is a dynamic performer, teacher, and composer, who plans to earn their Bachelors in Music degree in Flute Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May of 2022. As an active student, Kyrese has participated in the UNC Greensboro Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera, Symphonic Band, Conducting Lab, and Sinfonietta Casella. They are the current Fraternity Education Officer of the Iota Epsilon chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, and serve as a member of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Student Advisory Committee. Kyrese was also the recipient of the 2021-22 Presser Scholarship.
As a skilled performer, Washington has been a winner of the Raleigh Area Flute Association Review and Contest Competition consecutively for the past 3 years, and was runner-up for the National Association for Negro Musicians' Winds, Brass, and Percussion Scholarship Competition for the North Carolina Branch. As a member of the National Flute Association, Washington was one of six accepted into the Young Artist Mentorship Program. Also, they were selected as one of three musicians chosen as a winner of the 2021-22 UNC Greensboro Student Artist Concerto Competition with Carl Nielsen's "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra."
As a composer, they enjoy writing and arranging music for a variety of instruments and ensembles. Kyrese has premiered at least one of their original works at every recital they have given at UNCG. As a teacher, they teach private lessons at Music & Arts stores located in Greensboro and Burlington. Currently they serve as principal flute of the Appalachia Wind Symphony and they regularly play with the Greensboro College Wind Ensemble. Their primary instructors are Dr. Erika Boysen and Dr. Tim Hagen. Additionally, they have studied under many other influential mentors such as Sonora Slocum, Dr. Catherine Ramirez, and Dr. Kelly Nivison.
Jonghee Yoon is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Sacred Music and Organ Performance at East Carolina University, and she is organ scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville North Carolina, studying and working with David Arcus. Jonghee graduated from EWHA Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea and studied organ there with Okjoo Park, and Min-Jung Gaang. She is an active musician, and has performed in South Korea, the Netherlands, Hungary, and the United States. She has served as organist at the Daeshin Church in Seoul and has been music director in several musical theatrical productions. She has given a recital for the Nevelson Chapel Recital series in New York City. She played her debut recital at St. Peter’s Church in New York City in 2019.
In addition to peforming her solo repertoire, Jonghee has developed an interest in chamber music; she has played continuo in Bach’s Cantata with the Saint Peter’s Bach Collegium and played the solo organ with the Gödi Baroque Ensemble in Hungary. She has played with the Early Music Collective Concert with the ECU Baroque Ensemble, the Bach Birthday concert at St. Paul’s, and is organ accompanist for the ECU Chamber Singers Choir. Jonghee has also performed with Eastern and Western instruments in the chapel of Ewha Women’s University.
She spent a semester in the US studying organ with Bryan Ashley in Boston and Bálint Karosi in New York City, and organ building at the Fisk Shop in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she observed and participated in pipe making, design, installation, and tuning. These experiences broadened her understanding of the organ and the relationship between instrument and music.
Jonghee took part in masterclasses with Peter Westerbrink in Holland, Christiaan Teeuwsen in Holland and Germany, and Franz Liszt Academy of Music Professor of Organ and improvisation, Pálúr János in Hungary. Participating in these, as well as her experience at the EROI conference in Rochester and the ISO conference in Udine, Italy, had a great appreciation for studying at an institution that provides the instruments and the support needed to play the repertoire on appropriate instruments.
She has an upcoming solo recital on May 25 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greeneville, North Carolina.
*The Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and CVNC share an executive director, Andrea McKerlie Luke. Raleigh Symphony's music director Dr. Jim Waddelow also serves on the CVNC board of directors.