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All concerts begin at 7:30 pm in the magnificent sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church, 3800 W. 20th St., Greeley, Colorado.

Admission:
Adults – $10
Youth Age 18 and Under – Free
College age – $5

Tickets available at the door.

 

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Concerto Contest Winner
Hannah Mullins, viola

 

 

HannahHannah is a senior at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. She has studied viola for the past seven years, but viola was not her first instrument; she started on violin at age five with her brothers and learned from the same private teachers. Her first orchestra experience was the Kinard Middle School 6th grade orchestra led by Leanne Griffey, and it was at that time that Hannah switched to viola, loved it, and never looked back! She currently studies with Sue Temple, and under her guidance Hannah has participated in Western States Honor Orchestra Festival and All State Orchestra multiple years, including sitting principal or first stand four times. Hannah has been principal violist of her high school symphony orchestra, led by Louie Silvestri, since joining as a freshman.

Believing that music is a gift to be shared, Hannah regularly performs with a viola ensemble, her family, and other Fossil Ridge music students at local retirement homes and care centers. Her musical passions extend beyond viola. She sang in Centennial Children’s Chorus from 3rd through 8th grade, and she regularly helps lead youth worship at her church by singing and playing piano. Apart from worship, Hannah is an active volunteer in her church’s children’s ministry. Although Hannah’s academic interests are broad (ranging from Calculus 3 to Pottery and AP Literature to AP Chemistry), she is considering studying math in college. Viola, however, remains a passion Hannah wants to continue to pursue, and the opportunity to play in an orchestra is a priority in her college decision-making process.



The Walter and Virginia Charles Concerto Contest

The Greeley Chamber Orchestra organized the Walter and Virginia Charles Concerto Contest in 1982 for high school musicians from northern Colorado (Boulder, Larimer, Morgan, and Weld counties) to promote and publicly recognize outstanding musicianship in our youth. The late Virginia Charles made a generous donation to the orchestra in honor of her late husband, Walter Charles. The concerto contest, created with Virginia's approval, was named after Walter at her request. All cash prizes given to the winners of the contest have come from Mrs. Charles' original and subsequent gifts. Virginia Charles passed away in 1986 and the name of the contest was changed at that time to honor both of these patrons of youth and music.

Walter Charles was the founder and conductor of the Colorado Philharmonic, now known as the National Repertory Orchestra. Virginia, a musician herself, was also instrumental in the success of that fine orchestra as well as assisting Walter in managing "Music Magic," a varied and dynamic program designed to expose young people to music. Together, Virginia and Walter fostered and promoted the musical careers of countless young people and this concerto contest continues that legacy.