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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 K-12 Free
College age $5

Tickets available at the door.

 

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Concerto Contest Winner Sasha Chappell

 

WinnerSasha Chappell is an aspiring cellist in Northern Colorado. He began learning music at the age of 5, taking piano lessons for over eleven years. He began studying cello at the age of 10, playing with Colorado Youth Orchestra and shortly after began studying under Barbara Thiem, Colorado State University Professor of Cello. While in Kinard Middle School, Sasha was principal cellist for two years in Poudre School District Honor Orchestra. He is currently a Junior at Fossil Ridge High School, and has been the principal cellist for his school's orchestra for two years. He was accepted into the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival and All State Orchestra for 2 years. Sasha has participated in the CSU Pre-College Quartet for 3 years, playing under Barbara Thiem, Margaret Miller, CSU Viola Professor, and participated in master classes taught by nationally acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet. Sasha is also a member of the Northern Colorado Cello Choir, which is a group of eleven cellos led by Beth Wells from the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra that play a wide variety of chamber music throughout Colorado. In his free time, Sasha enjoys playing for many church services and retirement homes. Sasha is a certified grade 9 cellist, with honors, through the Colorado American String Teacher Association CCAP.

In addition to his music activities, Sasha has been a soccer Referee for the Colorado Soccer Association for three years, He was recently awarded the Colorado Youth Referee of the Year. He also participates in the Fossil Ridge High School swim team. Sasha is currently preparing for his college career, where he hopes to study both music and science. This past summer, he had the opportunity to intern with the CSU Chemistry department modeling protein crystals, and hopes to continue his internship this upcoming summer.

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.

The contest was held this year on January 7, 2017. The judges were Christine Mallery, cellist and music teacher, Greeley and Dan Frantz, conductor. The contest manager was Victoria Rodriguez. The winners and their prizes are:
First Place: Sasha Chappell, cello, Fort Collins, $1,000.00 and tonight's performance
Second Place: Logan Manning, violin, Fort Collins, $500.00