The Cherokee Symphony will hold their Young Artist Concert on April 7, with three Storm Lake musicians taking part.
The concert will feature four students soloists chosen based on auditions held February 3. Miriam Freeman, Rebecca Marie McLaughlin, Nathaniel Inglis-Steinfeld, and Emily Bodiford will all have the opportunity to solo with the symphony. Freeman will perform the Concerto in g minor by Felix Mendelssohn on piano. McLaughlin and Bodiford are both vocalists. McLaughlin will sing pieces by Mozart and Handel, and Bodiford will perform selections by Puccini and J. Strauss. Inglis-Steinfeld will play Kol Nidrei, a cello piece by Max Bruch.
Miriam Freeman is a freshman at Westside High School in Omaha, NE. She began her study of the piano at the age of 5 with her mother. In 1993 her family moved to Storm Lake, where she entered the studio of Gwynn Gerlach. She was the district winner in IMTA auditions for seven consecutive years from 1994-2001. In June of 2000 she received third place in the Lee Piano Competition at Augustana College. In the summer of 2001 her family moved back to Omaha, NE and she began lessons with Dr. James Johnson. In October of 2001 she won the MTNA Baldwin Competition for Nebraska, and in January 2002 was declared alternate winner for the West Central Division of the United States. While piano is her main priority, she is involved in many other activities including orchestra, band, and jazz band. She is also a member of the Junior Classical League, French Club, and her local church youth group.
Rebecca Marie McLaughlin is currently a senior vocal performance major at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. She has been performing in ensembles and has been a featured soloist throughout her singing career. McLaughlin has been a member of the Iowa Opus Honor Choir, Southwest Iowa Honor Choir, and a three-year member of the Iowa All-State choir. While at BVU, McLaughlin has participated in numerous choirs and had many soloing opportunities. She has been a soloist in the performances of the Mozart Requiem, Rutter's Gloria, Handel's Messiah and Haydn's The Lord Nelson Mass. Ms. McLaughlin has studied with Rebecca Jones of Omaha, NE., Mitch Larson of Lincoln, NE., Stanley Rishoi of Alta, Glee Crippin of Storm Lake, and currently studies with Professor Paula Keeler at Buena Vista University.
Emily Bodiford is a sophomore at Briar Cliff University studying music education. Sr. Mary Day has been her instructor for the past eight years. Bodiford attended Kingsley-Pierson High School and was a member of the mixed chorus, girls chorus, jazz choir, band, and jazz band. She participated in many small ensembles and solos at the Iowa High School Vocal Solo/Small Ensemble Contest, and was awarded the Outstanding Performance Award for her solo. Bodiford was a member of the Iowa All-State Chorus her junior year and also participated in the Iowa All-State Jazz Choir the summer of her senior year. She received first place in the Iowa NATS audition in 2000 and received first place in the Regional NATS audition in 2001.
Nathaniel Inglis-Steinfeld is a senior at the Storm Lake Public High School. He has been playing the cello for nine years. Nikki Elwanger, a student teacher, first introduced him to the cello and later introduced him to Lee Thorson, his current teacher. He has also taken part in the school orchestra program under the direction of Dave Mitchell and Carol Peterson. He has been a member of the Iowa All-State Orchestra twice and has been attending summer music camps since eighth grade. Last year he spent three weeks in Colorado at the Rocky Ridge Music Camp studying the cello. Inglis-Steinfeld performed with the Cherokee Symphony as a Young Artist two years ago and is currently the principle cellist for symphony.
Everyone will have a chance to hear these talented students perform with the Cherokee Symphony on Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. The concert will be held at the Cherokee Community Center and tickets will be available at the door. Students are admitted free and season tickets will be honored.