Pioneer High School presents the 63rd annual Concerto Concert March 14


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The Pioneer High School music department presents the 63rd annual Concerto Concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in the Schreiber Auditorium at Pioneer HS. Admission and parking are free.

For the past 63 years, the Concerto Concert has showcased the skill and dedication of Pioneer High Schools student-musicians. How we wish that each of the fine young musicians on the stage could perform a concerto, alas, only six were chosen from a deep pool of talent and musicality.

This year, the Slauson and Tappan Orchestra will start the show!  When Orchestra Night was cancelled, these young musicians chose to bring their well-practiced pieces to Pioneer. What a wonderful way to see the full spectrum of musical mastery: from middle school to senior year!

Supporting these seniors is the Pioneer A Cappella Choir. And the Pioneer Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, who have worked tirelessly with each soloist.

This concert is not to be missed!  However, if you can’t get to Schreiber Auditorium, the Concerto Concert will be live Streamed at:

This year’s Concerto Concert program:

Slauson Concert Orchestra: Under the direction of: Sara Gibson, Paul Bailey
Danza – Vaclav Nelhybel
Jupiter- Bringer of Jollity from “The Planets” – Gustav Holst, arr. Leidig

Tappan Concert Orchestra: Under the direction of: Julia Knowles, Kathleen Ford

On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss – David R. Holsinger
Egmont Overture – Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. Meyer

A Cappella Choir and Pioneer Chamber Orchestra
This House of Peace- Ralph M. Johnson (b. 1955)
Choral verses adapted by Ralph M. Johnson from The Edge of Glory by David Adam
Introducing this year’s Concerto performers, w/ the Pioneer Symphony Orchestra:

John Zijian Yang, Violin
Violin Concerto no. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 –  Henryk Wieniawski (1835- 1880)
I. Allegro moderato in D minor/F major

Mia Galbraith, Soprano
Laurie’s Song from The Tender Land – Aaron Copland (1900 – 1990)

Daniel Hirshbein, Oboe
Oboe Concerto in One Movement, op. 45 – Eugene Goossens (1893-1962)

Danniell Hu, Violin
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 – Pablo de Sarasate (1844 – 1908)

Dabao Zhang, Alto Saxophone
Concertino da Camera –  Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

Alon Hayut, Cello
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33 – Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Theme, Variation 1,2, cadenza, 6, 7


John Yang
John Yang, who started playing violin when he was 6-years-old, has been in Ann Arbor Pioneer Symphony Orchestra for the past 4 years and has been a section leader for the past two years. He was a member of the Pioneer Chamber Orchestra during his sophomore year, and has also attended the All-State Middle School and the All-State High School Orchestra last year, in which he was 4th chair. He was selected as a 2018 MSBOA/MYAF Nominated Outstanding Soloist. John is currently a tutor in the Peer Private Learning program in Pioneer, a program that teaches aspiring student musicians.

Outside of orchestra, John is the team secretary of the Pioneer Ethics Bowl team and a member of the Pioneer Water Polo team.  He was a regional finalist for DECA during his sophomore and junior years, and a State Overall Finalist during his junior year. In his junior year, he also achieved a top 100 Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition score, placing 51st place in the state, and was an AIME qualifier.

John is unsure of his career path, but is experimenting in the Ford STEM Research Program and lab shadowing at the University of Michigan, and is currently interested in medical research and mathematics.

Mia Galbraith
Mia Galbraith has enjoyed singing since she was 5 years old, from making up songs to being part of her grade school and community theater programs. Her first performance on stage was in the third grade playing Purple Beard in Pirates! The Musical, and has enjoyed performing ever since.

It was at Pioneer where Mia joined her first choir, joining the ranks of Cantando under the direction of Mr. Lorenz. She sang in Bel Canto her sophomore year and is currently singing in A Capella Choir, an SATB choir, along with an extracurricular acapella group, Sha Bop Shoppe. Mia participated in Solo and Ensemble all four years of her high school career resulting in “Excellent” ratings at Regionals and States. She looks forward to participating in States again this year with the Choraliers!

Mia loves being a part of the musical theatre world. Through Pioneer Theatre Guild, she has been fortunate to participate in many productions. She is grateful to have worked side by side with collegiate professionals, mentors, devoted sponsors, and talented casts and crews.

Mia is active at Pioneer High School as a Pioneer DECA member, achieving Regional Finalist, and State Honors at DECA. She is excited to head to Detroit to compete in State Finals. Mia has earned her Pioneer HS Thespian Varsity Letter and Honors in Choral Performance. In 2017 she won 2nd place at NATS in the Michigan High School Musical Theatre Division for women. She also loves being an active member of the community as a music student leader at St. Francis of Assisi, Business Manager for Sha Bop Shoppe, Vice President of Pioneers To The Rescue, and as a member of National Honor Society.

Mia will be pursuing a BFA or BM in musical theatre while earning a business minor. Her future plan is to head to New York and the Great White Way, seeking a professional career on Broadway.

Daniel Hirshbein
Daniel Hirshbein has played oboe since the spring of fifth grade. At Pioneer, Daniel is a member of both Symphony Band and Symphony Orchestra and has enjoyed performing with these ensembles over the last three years. During this time, he has participated in a number of woodwind chamber groups comprised of other members of Symphony Band and Orchestra. Currently, he is a member of a woodwind quintet made up of members of Symphony Band. Outside of Pioneer, he has participated in the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra through all four years of high school, playing principal oboe for the last two years. He also has participated in the All-State Symphony Orchestra for the last three years, playing principal oboe for the last two years. In the spring of 2018, Daniel won the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Concerto Competition and had the honor of playing the first movement of R. Vaughan-Williams’ Oboe Concerto at the MYAF Gala Concert.

Daniel had the privilege to attend the University of Michigan MPulse Oboe Institute in the summers of 2016 and 2017. In the summer of 2018, he attended Robert Walters’ English Horn Seminar at the Hidden Valley Music Center in Carmel, CA.

In the fall, Daniel will be pursuing a BM in oboe performance.

Danniell Hu
Danniell Hu started playing the violin when she was 6-years-old after her father introduced her to the instrument.
Over the years, Danniell has participated in many ensembles. Her first experience with orchestral playing was with the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts in the 6th grade, where she enjoyed playing under the direction of Dr. Michael Hopkins. Two years later, she auditioned for the prestigious Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, typically only consisting of high school-aged students. After initially being accepted as an 8th grader, Danniell has continued to audition and play under the direction of Prof. Anthony Elliott every year since. Danniell has been a part of the Pioneer Symphony Orchestra for four years, serving as section leader and concertmaster on various occasions. In addition, Danniell was chosen for the Michigan All-State Orchestra for 5 years in a row, from 2013-2017. She also enjoyed participating in the student-led Pioneer Chamber Orchestra in 2017.

Danniell is currently the captain of the Pioneer Robotics Team, the Pi Hi Samurai. In addition to being the team captain, she is also Head Programmer and Imagery and Design captain. She will have three varsity letters this season for Robotics. Danniell is also a co-captain of the Pioneer Coding Club, is a member of the National Honor Society, and is a regular volunteer in the Pioneer Writing Center. Finally, she is Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of her own magazine company, Reinvented, aimed at reinventing the way women are portrayed in STEM fields.

Next year, Danniell plans to pursue Computer Science, but is definitely going to continue playing violin.

Dabao Zhang
Dabao Zhang, who started playing the alto sax in fifth grade, has participated in many ensembles over the years.  He attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the summers after sixth and seventh grade and toured France, Germany, and the Netherlands with the Blue Lake International Exchange Program after eighth grade.  He joined the Pioneer Symphony Band his freshman year and has been a member ever since.  During his time in Symphony Band, Dabao has served briefly as section leader and as drum major of the marching band his senior year.  In addition, Dabao has been a part of the Pioneer Pit Orchestra, numerous small sax ensembles, and enjoys playing in the Pioneer Jazz Band.

Outside of music, Dabao is a proud member of the Pioneer Ethics Bowl Team, serving as captain his junior year.  He has also worked as a bagger at Kroger and a cashier at Panera.

Next year, Dabao plans on attending the University of Michigan and studying political science.  He hopes to continue playing saxophone in the marching band and in his own personal time.

Alon Hayut
Alon Hayut is a scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians, and studies with Horacio Contreras.

Alon took to the cello right away, achieving many awards quickly including invitations to play at his music school in master classes with renowned cellists, winning the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition as a 6th grader and sitting as Assistant Principal Cello in the Inter School Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra comprised of primarily high school students who live and study in the New York Metropolitan area. With the ISO, Alon traveled to Scotland to participate in the Aberdeen International Youth Arts Festival.

In addition to being a part of the Pioneer Symphony all through High School, Alon also participated in the Pioneer Chamber Orchestra and even had the opportunity to travel in a student quartet to Sweden with Mr. Glawe and other teachers for a forum on Music Education. Alon played with the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, sitting principal cello the last three semesters that he participated. He also participated in the 2017 Michigan All-State Orchestra.

Alon won the Ann Arbor Camerata Concerto Competition, the Dexter Community Orchestra Concerto Competition and placed in the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts Young Artist Competition. Most recently, Alon earned Honorable Mention in the 2019 National YoungArts Competition.

Starting in September 2017, Alon began traveling each weekend to participate in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program, a pre-college program that helps train promising young string players and pianists. There he had the opportunity to participate in master classes, concerts and chamber ensembles. His current quartet, The Fiero Quartet, received Honorable Mention at the Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition.

Alon plans to study cello performance in college.





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