62nd annual Pioneer Concerto Concert: Meet the soloists  

The Pioneer Music Department has a long history of cultivating student-musicians and being noticed by many in the music world!  In 2015, Pioneer HS was named GRAMMY®Gold Signature School and designated as one of the top three high school music departments in the nation.

The Pioneer Music Department presents its 62nd annual Pioneer Concerto Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21.

“The Pioneer Orchestras are thrilled to present you with an evening of music featuring several very talented students who have earned a spot in this concert through an audition process in November,” said Jonathan Glawe, director of orchestras at Pioneer. “I am humbled and honored to be a part of this rich tradition in Ann Arbor.

“This year, we had 15 students audition for this concerto concert. The turnout speaks not only to the musical strength of this senior class, but also to the dedication they have to the Pioneer music ensembles. As a music department, we could not be more proud of all the seniors for their endless dedication to our music program.”

A Cappella Choir and Pioneer Chamber Strings
Steven R. Lorenz, Conductor

Magnificat – Antonio Vivaldi
Magnificat anima mea Dominum
Et exultavit spiritus emus
Et misericordia ejus
Fecit potentiam
Deposuit potentes
Esurientes
Suscepit Israel
Sicut locates est
Gloria Patri

Martin Ahn, Piano
Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37 – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Allegro con brio

William Meng, Flute

Flute Concerto – Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) Allegro

Carly Nadeau, Soprano
Un Moto di Gioia from Le Nozze di Figaro – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sophia Janevic, Violin

Violin Concerto – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
III.       Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace

Greg Papaefthymiou, Trumpet
Concerto for Trumpet  ——–  Alexander Arutunian (1904-1987)

THE SOLOISTS 

Martin Ahn

Martin began taking piano lessons when he was five years-old.  His teacher, Dr. Thomas Green, helped propel Martin forward in his piano career. Dr. Green encouraged Martin to compete, which boosted his confidence and helped him to become the pianist he is today. While Dr. Green laid the foundation, Martin’s current piano teacher, Mary Siciliano, helped to refine his skills and made it possible for him to be competitive.

Throughout his life in Canada, Martin participated in the annual Kiwanis music festival and during his last three years of competing, he competed at the provincial level where he received honor mentions twice. After he moved to America, Martin continued to compete, such as the MSU concerto competition and others at Concordia College.

Martin is grateful for all the support from his parents, especially considering that he does not plan on pursuing music in college. He is currently playing the oboe in the Pioneer Band.  His experiences in the Pioneer Band Program have played a vital role in his oboe playing and in his personal life.

Martin plans on going into chemical engineering but he is keeping his options open.

William Meng

William first picked up the flute when he was nine years old. In that same year, he began to take private lessons from Laura Latterner, who has continually provided direction and encouragement to this day. More recently, William has taken specialized lessons under the direction of Jaimie Wagner, who has assisted greatly in the learning of the Ibert Concerto. Without the combined efforts of both of these wonderful teachers, William would not even be close to where he is today.

William has participated in many ensembles throughout the years. The most notable of this list are the All-State Middle School and High School Bands, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Band, the Pioneer Wind Sextet, and the Pioneer High School Symphony Band and Orchestra. During his time in the Symphony Band, William has picked up the piccolo, an instrument which will have its sound firmly etched into his mind. He mainly played it during his sophomore year in high school, but has continued to use it in minor roles in his junior and senior years. In terms of competitions, William has participated in the Southeast Michigan Flute Association’s High School Young Artist competition, and has yet to receive a rating other than a one in the regional and state Solo and Ensembles.

Outside of music, William is a member of Pioneer’s Science Olympiad team and Economics club. In his free time, he likes to play games, mostly of the card and video variety.

Carly Nadeau

Carly grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. She began singing in her church youth choir in elementary school. She joined the Muskegon Civic Theatre Youth Choir and studied voice under the direction of Heather Benson McCallum. She was cast in the Muskegon Civic Theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and danced with the Moscow Ballet. Her love of music led her to piano and violin lessons with Diane Lewis, and she attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

In middle school Carly joined the North Muskegon Choirs, directed by  Beth Slimko, and later sang with the Slauson Middle School Choir in Ann Arbor under the direction of Andrew Steck. She was accepted to the Bel Canto Select Women’s Choir and the A Cappella Mixed Select Choir under the direction of Steven Lorenz. During her freshman year, she also qualified as a finalist in vocal performance in the Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition. Carly studies classical voice and musical theatre vocal techniques with Barbara Scanlon of Ann Arbor and musical theatre vocal performance with Phil Hall in New York City. She takes ballet, tap, and jazz dance lessons with Sara Randazzo in Ann Arbor and The Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She studies piano along with acoustic/electric guitar with Mick Dobday and Keith Malinowski of the Ann Arbor Music Center. She also studied violin with Wendy Zohar in Ann Arbor.

Carly studied acting techniques with Naz Edwards in Ann Arbor and Denise Simon in NYC as well as with The Purple Rose Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival School, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She recently achieved Superior ratings in the Solo Musical Theatre and Acting Monologue categories at the Michigan Thespian Festival. She is a member of the International Thespian Society Troupe 7095 and Pioneer Theatre Guild. She is the founder of Arts 4 All, a community service organization providing free tickets to concerts and theatre performances to families struggling with homelessness along with teaching free lessons in Broadway vocal performance to local schools.

Carly loves jazz, R&B and pop music, performing locally at Brewed Awakenings Cafe. She loves to arrange music and write songs, and is the Music Director for the Sha Bop Shoppe extracurricular choir. She is currently working on her debut solo album with Antea Shelton of the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME).

Sophia Janevic 

Sophia first played a violin during a science unit on sound in her second grade classroom at Dicken Elementary. She came home brimming with excitement, begging for lessons.  It took her an entire month to convince her parents how much she wanted this; her persistent pleading finally made them realize she was serious. Her first lesson was on March 21, 2008, 10 years ago.

Sophia began orchestral playing with the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts in the 5th grade and enjoyed four years playing under the direction of Timario Wilkins and Michael Hopkins. Her love of orchestral playing encouraged her to supplement the Slauson Orchestra (directed by Carol Palms) with summer experiences at Blue Lake. In high school, she has participated in PhoenixPhest, Philadelphia International Music Festival, the Interlochen Violin Institute, and Marrowstone Music Festival. Sophia has played with the Pioneer Symphony Orchestra for four years, serving as section leader and concertmaster on numerous occasions. She has played in the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra for three of those years. Sophia has been a member of the Symphony Orchestra Council since her sophomore year and is currently co-President. Last year, she helped lead the student-run Pioneer Chamber Orchestra as the Principal 2nd Violinist and General Manager of the group. For fun, Sophia has played in the pit orchestra for several Pioneer Theatre Guild productions and enjoys experimenting with her electric violin.

Sophia is dedicated to chamber music, and several of her high school chamber groups have earned top ratings at State Solo and Ensemble. In 2017, her violin quartet was chosen as the MSBOA Selected String Quartet and performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. That same year, she was also nominated as an outstanding soloist and selected to perform in the Honors Orchestra at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Sophia was chosen for the Michigan All-State Orchestra in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018. Sophia was honored to be selected as part of a quartet representing the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the USA at the Forum21 Children and Music conference in Stockholm, Sweden in December 2016.

Sophia is currently the President of Interact Club and Vice President of Student Council, and has participated in both organizations since her freshman year. She has also been an active member of National Honor Society and Link Crew, among other organizations. In the summer of 2016, Sophia spent a month in Tübingen, Germany as an exchange student. In her free time, Sophia enjoys taking naps, watching reality TV, reading, and listening to music.

Sophia would like to thank Beth Kirton, her first violin teacher, and Gabe Bolkosky, with whom she has studied since 2013. Next year, Sophia plans to continue to pursue her passions for music and culture by studying musicology.

Greg Papaefthymiou

Greg’s trumpet journey began in fifth grade. Originally meant to be a french horn player, Greg decided to switch to the trumpet after hearing his older brother practicing. The sound of the instrument drew Greg in to the point where he decided he had to play it. Throughout middle school, Greg played the trumpet in the Slauson Band with little to no practice time (no matter what his practice log said).

The summer before Freshman year, Greg began studying with Professor Bill Campbell of the University of Michigan. Through Campbell’s guidance, Greg rose from 5th chair Varsity Band, to 1st chair Concert Band, 2nd chair Symphony Band, and now 1st chair Symphony Band. He has also participated in Pioneer’s Brass Chamber Ensembles the past two years, performing second part in Vuelta del Fuego and first in Oskar Böhme’s Brass Sextet in E-Flat Minor.

On top of participating in his school ensembles, Greg has also participated in Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra the past three years, and held the principal position in two of the three. He also performed in the Michigan All-State Band, earning third chair. These ensembles have not only given him experience in a professional setting, but they’ve also exposed him to classical masterworks such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid.

Over the summer of 2017, Greg attended the Boston University: Tanglewood Institute Trumpet Workshop and the MPulse Trumpet Workshop, receiving guidance from Professor Terry Everson and his teacher, Professor Bill Campbell. After attending these camps, Greg then traveled to California and took lessons with Professor Tom Hooten and Jim Wilt.

Greg will be attending the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance this Fall, and will be committing to a five year dual-degree program for Trumpet Performance and a second, currently undeclared major.

The Concerto Concert will be streamed live:
www.phsorchestra.com/home-concerto

Some of Pioneer Music Dept’s “Greatest Hits”

Pioneer Symphony Orchestra was one of two high school orchestras that were chosen to perform at the 2017 Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference in Chicago.  www.phsorchestra.com

The Pioneer High School A Cappella Choir is an auditioned, advanced mixed voice choir for students in grades 10 through 12. In both 2015 and 2014, they were selected by the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) as the “Outstanding Choir” in the state of Michigan, and performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  https://www.a2so.com/pioneer-high-school-cappella-choir/

The Pioneer Band under the direction of David Leach has earned GRAMMY Signature School honors during his tenure there.  In 2004 and 2005, the department achieved GRAMMY Signature School Gold status as one of the top seven public high school music programs in the nation. In 2006 and 2011 the Pioneer Music Department was named the National GRAMMY Signature School as the number one public high school music program in the nation, making it the first program ever honored twice by the GRAMMY Foundation. http://www.aapioneerbands.org

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