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The Scottsdale Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has recently announced that it will be featuring appearances of three Phoenix area musicians on its upcoming 2021-2022 season.
On December 14th, the SPYO will play an original composition In the Landau by composer Frank Darmiento. Frank Darmiento is a 1967 graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York where he studied music composition with Edgar Curtis and was awarded the Richmond Prize in Music as outstanding musician. He later studied music composition with Wendell Margrave in Washington, D.C. and arranging with Ladd McIntosh. He was selected as a winner of the prestigious 2003 Dallas Wind Symphony brass fanfare competition. He is also a multiple year American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) awards winner. He serves as Music Director for La Forza Chamber Orchestra.
On March 8th, the SPYO will perform Trumpet Concerto in D by Giuseppe Tartini with guest soloist Gage Ellis. Ellis currently serves as third trumpet for the Scottsdale Philharmonic and regularly performs with Phoenix ensembles such as the Tempe Winds and the Phoenix Boy’s Choir. Before moving to Phoenix, Ellis also made appearances with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and the East Texas Symphonic Band. Back in his home-state of Texas, Ellis founded and continues to direct the Piney Wood Recital Series which seeks to enrich the community with music concerts while also providing young musicians with performance opportunities.
On May 3rd, the SPYO will host Mesa resident Jonathan Okseniuk who will play Czardas by Vittorio Monti. Violinist a freshman at Arete Preparatory Academy, studies violin with Jing Zeng. Over the years, Jonathan has been a prize winner in national and local competitions. This year, he placed first in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition 2021, the 2021 Arizona Musicfest Young
Musicians String, Harp, and Guitar Division II Competition, and second in the Junior Division of the 2021 Sphinx Competition. Last year, he was named the national winner of the 2020 Music Teachers National Association, Junior Performance String Competition and took first place in the 2020 Phoenix Youth Symphony’s Young Musicians Competition in the Upper String Category Junior Division. Since the age of four Jonathan has h
ad the privilege to perform solos with various orchestras including the West Valley Symphony. In the coming 2021-2022 season, Jonathan will have the opportunity to perform with The Phoenix Symphony, the Sphinx Honors Orchestra, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, and the Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra.