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April, 2017


This season's Carnegie Hall concert will feature Sirena Huang, violin, in a performance of Sarasate - Zigeunerwiesen.

photo credit Sophie Zhai

Praised by The Baltimore Sun for her “impeccable technique…deeply expressive phrasing…and poetic weight," Sirena Huang is one of her generation’s most celebrated violinists. She brings not only technical brilliance and powerful artistry to the stage, but also a profound sense of connection to her audience.

 Sirena made her solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2004 at the age of nine, and has performed in seventeen countries across three continents. She has been featured as a soloist with more than fifty prestigious ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestras of Cleveland, Baltimore, Shanghai, Russia, and Singapore, and the Staatskapelle Weimar in Germany. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Verbier Music Festival, Ravinia Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sarasota Arts Series, Albuquerque Chamber Music Festival, “The Great Music for a Great City” series in New York City, and many others. 

Motivated by a deep wish to inspire peace and harmony with her music, Sirena has performed before world leaders, thinkers and humanitarians, including the Dalai Lama and President Obama. At age eleven, she gave a TED talk that garnered more than 2.5 million views. In 2006, she received the honor of playing for His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and thirty Nobel Prize Laureates at the World Peace Conference held in Petra. In 2007, under the invitation of former Czech Republic President Havel, she played in the Opening Ceremony of the “Forum 2000 World Conference” in Prague. In 2008, she was invited to perform during the ceremony in which the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity presented its Humanitarian Award to President Sarkozy of France.

The 22-year-old violinist has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards. Most recently, in February of 2017, Sirena was awarded First Prize at the inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. In 2009, she won First Prize Gold Medalist of the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. She won First Prize and the Audience Award at the Cooper International Competition in 2011. That same year, she was also named the first Artist-in-Residence of Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she was awarded the Hannloser Prize for Violin at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland and in 2016, she was awarded Third Prize at the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition. 

In addition to her TED Talk in 2006, Huang has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase and NPR’s “From the Top" as well as several interviews with WNPR, CNBC, WTNH, WTIC, WB20 and Beethoven Radio. ~photo credit Sophie Zhai

The Norwalk Youth Symphony Carnegie Hall Concert will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2PM at Carnegie Hall, New York City.

February, 2017

Winter Concert Features Concerto Competition Winner

This season's Winter Concert will feature Wujin Kim, cello, in a performance of the third movement of the Lalo cello concerto.

Wujin Kim, 15, currently assistant principal cellist of the Principal Orchestra, has been a member of the Norwalk Youth Symphony for six years. A freshman at Ridgefield High School, he is a member of Ridgefield High School Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras. He is the son of Jeonglim Han and Jeong-Han Kim. Wujin studies cello under Lois Errante and is coached in chamber music by Asya Meshberg. Among his many honors as a cello musician, Kim was recently named the assistant principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra at the Connecticut Music Educators Association's Western Regional Music Festival.  Previously, in 2014 and in 2015, he was the principal cellist of the 8th-9th grade Honors orchestras of the Fairfield County String Festival sponsored by the Fairfield County String Teachers.  He twice received honorable mention from the New York Music Competition and he was the winner of the 2015 Young Artist Festival, Senior Competition, and 2014 Junior Competition levels, both sponsored by the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. Kim, who particularly enjoys playing chamber music, was selected last year as a winner of the American Chamber Orchestra's Concerto Competition and performed with the orchestra. As a chamber musician, he says one of his most rewarding experiences has been meeting new friends and mentors at chamber music camps. He has attended the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians for six years and was the winner of the Cello Scholarship for the 2016 Elm City ChamberFest. When not playing the cello, he enjoys supporting community events with his friends on behalf of organizations such as the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Grace Farm’s Community Dinner, and the YMCA of Greenwich.

The Norwalk Youth Symphony Winter Concert will take place on Sunday February 28, 2016 at 3PM at the Norwalk Concert Hall at City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk CT.

May, 2016

The Norwalk Youth Symphony Class of 2016

NYS honored its graduating seniors in a ceremony at the 2016 Mother's Day Concert.

NYS Class of 2016

Russell Ger, Jonathan Yates, and the Class of 2016

  • Matthew Allen -
  • Zachary Arvanitis -
  • Jodie Baris -
  • Mitchell Bascom -
  • Cameron James Bell -
  • Nicole Bilotto -
  • Albert Cai -
  • Adele Carter -
  • Jessica Chachra -
  • Samantha Chachra -
  • Anika Chatterjee -
  • Claire Conley -
  • Samantha Cooper -
  • Francis Fiore -
  • Josephine Freeman -
  • James Garijo-Garde -
  • Sarah Garijo-Garde -
  • Alexis Gelston -
  • Amelia Haynes -
  • Thomas Jankovic -
  • Jimmy Kavetas -
  • Dean Kim -
  • Alexander Kutner -
  • Janice Liu -
  • Henna Mohamed -
  • David Nam -
  • Jessica Oki -
  • Mark Poggioli -
  • Ines Purcell -
  • Gregory Von der Ahe -
  • Stephanie Walsh

The 2016 Ramer Memorial Scholarship Award was awarded to Amelia Haynes. The Award is granted each year to a deserving senior as chosen by their peers on the basis of attendance, leadership, preparation, and commitment.

The Norwalk Youth Symphony extends its heartiest congratulations to our graduates and wishes them every success in the future.

February, 2016

Winter Concert Features Concerto Competition Winner

This season's Winter Concert will feature Eric Hirsch, flute, in a performance of the Georges Hue Fantaisie for Flute and Orchestra.

Flutist Eric Hirsch was born in Germany in 1999 and moved to the U.S. with his mother as a baby. He lived in a household filled with music. At the age of five, he started violin lessons with his mother and spent afternoons on his grandfather’s lap listening to him play jazz at the piano. By eight years old, Eric had little interest in the violin and began his exclusive study of the flute with his grandmother, flutist Ann Forbes. 

As Eric progressed, his grandmother brought him to play for her teacher, flutist and composer Gary Schocker. In Mr. Schocker, Eric found the musical example and inspiration he needed to dedicate himself to the flute. He now studies weekly with his teacher, Wendy Stern, in addition to regular study with Mr. Schocker in NYC. Both Ms. Stern and Mr. Schocker are former students of the great flutist and teacher Julius Baker. 

Eric is an eleventh grade student at Weston High School in Connecticut where he is principal flute of the wind ensemble under the direction of Mr. Steve Fasoli. He is a seasoned participant in the Western Region band/orchestra festivals and played in the CT All-State Festival in 2015. Eric earned the position of alternate flute with the New York Youth Symphony in September 2015.

Eric toured Germany with NYS in the summer of 2014 and spent the summer of 2015 at the Tanglewood Flute Institute where he studied with Linda Toote. He is a regular participant in masterclasses with Mr. Schocker and recently played in a class with Bart Feller of the New Jersey Symphony. 

In February of 2015, Eric was a blue ribbon winner at the New York Flute Club Young Musicians Contest. In November 2015, he won first runner-up in the Danbury Symphony Concerto Competition and in January of 2016, he placed second in the Musical Club of Hartford High School Competition and performed at the winners recital in Hartford later that month. 

Eric plays on an antique Powell flute that belonged to his grandmother.

The Norwalk Youth Symphony Winter Concert will take place on Sunday February 28, 2016 at 3PM at the Norwalk Concert Hall at City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk CT.