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We started off the program with a remembrance of Music Institute of Chicago teacher Emilio del Rosario, who died that week. I spoke with WFMT program host Peter van de Graaff who was a student of Mr. Del Rosario.
Our guest was Serena Harnack, 12, who has been studying violin for 8 years. She has studied with Julie Maura, and was recently accepted as a student of Almita Vamos. Serena is a scholarship recipient of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians where she will study privately with MIC artist faculty member Almita Vamos.
She has won 1st Place in the Chinese Fine Arts Society Confucius Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, Musichorale Scholarship Competition, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Scholarship Competition, and Youth Symphony of DuPage Concerto Competition. She was awarded Outstanding 5 years in a row at Granquist Music Competition in Geneva, and has received numerous awards from Midwest Young Artists and Sejong Music Competition.
Serena has been a member of Youth Symphony of DuPage since she was 8, serving as Concertmistress of the Preparatory Orchestra when she was 10, advancing to the Symphony Orchestra last year. She was accepted into the bi-annual Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas as Principal 2nd violin in 2008, and Concertmistress this year, in Minneapolis. She was also accepted into the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program, an intense 2-week program for 12 highly gifted violinists, this past summer. She has extensive chamber experience on violin as well as viola.
Serena has attended Sound Encounters in Ottawa, KS, receiving Master Classes every year, ASI/Stevens Point, where she was a featured soloist, Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp in TN, Practice Pathways/Ogontz in New Hampshire, Blue Lake Music Camp, SILK Music Camp, as well as numerous MIC, NIU, ISU and Wheaton College Workshops.
Serena performs the Messiah, and Mass at St. Petronille, as well as other area churches, and performs in many community service concerts at local retirement homes, hospitals, and fund-raisers. She also studies viola, flute, and piano, sings in show choirs, and school musicals. She loves art, ice-skating, and her two cats.
Performed with Milana Pavchinskaya, piano
Lalo-Symphonie Espagnole, 1st mvmt
J.S.Bach-Solo Sonata No. 3 in C Manjor, 4th mvmt
Bartok-Rumanian Folk Dances (all 6)
Kreisler-Praeludium and Allegro
Chattanooga Choo Choo-Glenn Miller
We also recorded Serena in Mozart/Kreisler’s Rondo from Serenade in D, “Haffner,” which can be heard here: