The Concert on the Green Concerto Competition in 2013 was entered by 17 very talented students of music in our county!! Five musicians from the senior division and two from the junior division competed in the finals on Monday, April 29, 2013.
Front Row (L to R): Dillon Murray, Isabelle Scott, Kelsey Pruette, Megan Lotze
Back Row (L to R): Selah Welton, John Pace, Kellie Brown
The Competition awards monetary scholarships to most student finalists based on sponsorship and donor support each year. If a first-place winner is chosen in the music competition, that student also is awarded the opportunity to perform with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. A student musician may only win the first place award in the senior division once; this student may not re-enter the competition in a future year. Up to two winning students may perform with the Symphony in a given year of the competition. This is due to the high cost to Concert on the Green, Inc. for symphony rehearsal-booking time, conductor payment, and cost of purchase of music for the symphony accompaniment parts for a full orchestra.
We value our carefully chosen, highly prestigious, and professional musician judges for the Concert on the Green competition. These judges are asked to make the determination of a student winner (first-place prize) based upon the quality of musicianship and technical ability of the student. The winning student(s) must be able to perform at a certain level to play with the renowned professional symphony orchestra. Up to two students may be awarded a first-place prize; if two students were chosen, one would be a vocalist and one an instrumentalist.
This year, the judges made the decision to award a second-place prize and a third-place prize in the Concerto Competition. Our two first-place winners from 2012 were chosen to perform in the May 26th Concert with the renowned Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club in Green Cove Springs. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and many of the competition finalists will perform during the pre-concert entertainment.
The Concert on the Green Committee is thrilled by the opportunity this gives these maturing students to receive monetary awards in 2013 and to return to the competition in the years to come to audition again for the first-place scholarship opportunity to perform with the Jacksonville Symphony.
The 2013 Winners are as follows:
|Senior Division Winners||Senior Winner||1st||Marie Smithwick (2012)||Vocalist||Freshman||Florida State University|
|Senior Winner||1st||Nicholas Elliott (2012)||Trumpet||10th||Oakleaf High School|
|Senior Division||Senior||2nd||Selah Welton||Violin||9th||Homeschooled|
|Senior||3rd||John Pace||Clarinet||10th||St. Johns Country Day School|
|Senior||Honorable Mention||Kellie Brown||Vocalist||10th||Fleming Island High School|
|Senior||Honorable Mention||Megan Lotze||Vocalist||12th||Fleming Island High School|
|Senior||Honorable Mention||Kelsey Pruette||Vocalist||12th||Clay High School|
|Junior Division||Junior||1st||Isabelle Scott||Vocalist||8th||Homeschooled|
|Junior||Honorable Mention||Dillon Murray||Vocalist||8th||St. Johns Country Day School|
Senior Division Winners
The first place vocalist winner is Marie Smithwick. Marie is a graduate from Fleming Island High School and is from Fleming Island, Florida. During her high school years, she was involved in the National Honors Society, International Thespians Society, and the Fleming Island High School choral and musical theater departments. Marie is currently a voice performance major at Florida State University and has recently completed her freshman year of college. Her recent performances include the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Sister 3 and the Prince's Sister in Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid with the Florida State Opera Outreach Program, and opera chorus in Florida State University's Orphée aux enfers and Cold Sassy Tree main stage operas. Marie plans to perform, become a professor of voice, and teach aspiring vocalists at the college level.
The first place instrumentalist prize was awarded to Nicholas Elliott for his trumpet performance. Nicholas is currently a sophomore at Oakleaf High School. He participates in the Oakleaf High School Marching Band, Wind Symphony (top band) and Jazz Band programs under the direction of Martin I. Gaines. For the past three years, Nicholas has been selected for the All-County Band. For four consecutive years, Nicholas has received Superior ratings at District Solo and Ensemble. In 2012, Nicholas was the only freshman from OHS that advanced to the state level and awarded a Superior rating. In 2013 at State Solo/Ensemble and as a sophomore, Nicholas achieved a Superior with Distinction rating the only one awarded to an OHS band member. He was selected as a Finalist in the 2013 First Coast Wind Ensemble Concerto competition. Nicholas has held the position as principal trumpet during the 2012-2013 school year. The OHS Wind Symphony was recently awarded their first Superior rating at the 2013 MPA State competition. Nicholas has been an active member of the Clay County Community Band and the Clay County Swing Band. Nicholas is under private instruction with trumpet master Charles Matthiessen. At this time, he is considering a college major in trumpet performance or Music Education.
The second place award in the Senior Division was awarded to Selah Welton for her violin performance. Selah is in the 9th grade and is homeschooled. Besides the violin, she also plays the piano and the flute. Selah has been a part of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra for six years. She is a member of the American Heritage Girls and enjoys reading and expressing herself artistically through writing, drawing, painting, craft-making and photography.
The third place award in the Senior Division was awarded to John Pace. John is a sophomore at St. Johns Country Day School. John is an active member of the Clay County Community Band and his school's Band and Choir.
Junior Division Winners
The 1st place winner in the Junior Division was Isabelle Scott. Isabelle is in the 8th grade and is homeschooled. Isabelle has received a superior rating in voice at the District level of Music Federation. She is a member of the Gainesville Youth Chorus and 4-H and enjoys scottish dancing.
The Honorable Mention prize was awarded to Dillon Murray who is currently attending St. Johns Country Day School in the 8th grade.