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Soprano Michelle Boggess and Elgin Youth Symphony Musicians

Rebroadcast from July, 2011

In the first half of today’s program, we featured 18 year old soprano Michelle Boggess of Mt. Prospect High School, who will be attending DePaul University in the fall.  In the second half, we featured members of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Institute, including their Sterling Brass Quintet and the Maud Powell String Quartet.  Both ensembles are the most advanced of their kind in the institute.  We ended with a waltz performed by the entire orchestra.

Tune in again Saturday, August 27th at 11AM when we feature the entire Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra in a separate program.

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Widmung by Robert Schumann
Le Berceaux by Gabriel Fauré
Sure on this shining night by Samuel Barber
Amorosi Miei Giorni by Stefano Donaudy
Au bord de l’eau by Gabriel Fauré
Michelle Bogess, 18, soprano

Students of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra:
Quintet No. 3, Op. 7, mvt 1, by Victor Ewald
Sterling Brass Quintet

Mitch Kleban and Ethan Woyach, trumpets; Amanda-Rose Deligiannis, horn; Joseph Wais, trombone; Tyler Zeman, tuba

“American” String Quartet No. 12 in F, mvt 1, Antonin Dvorak
Maud Powell String Quartet
Patrick Connolly and Jonathan Lee, violins; Bobby Pirtle, viola; Christopher Mendez, cello

Emporer Waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra
Randall Swiggem, conductor and music director

Michelle’s Complete Bio:

Michelle is a 2011 graduate of Prospect High School, and will attend DePaul University in the fall
majoring in vocal performance and music education. She has privately studied voice and piano for seven
years, and she currently studies with Tamaron Conseur at Prospect High School, and Tracy Watson in
Evanston, IL. She performed with Honors Chorus, Madrigal Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble at Prospect
High School, and was honored to be awarded the “Best of District 214” by Prospect Administration.
Michelle has also been a chorister for four years with Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly
the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus). There, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
in Orchestra Hall, and the Grant Park Symphony at Millennium Park. Singing with Anima, she was a
featured soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night ‘s Dream, and was a soloist with ANIMA at the
ACDA convention in March, 2011. She participated in a two week tour to Spain and Morocco with
Anima in the summer of 2010. Michelle has competed in three National Association of Singers of
Teachers competitions in two years, most recently placing in the top five in the High School division.
She was also a semi-finalist in the Classical Singer Magazine vocal competition in May, 2010 held in New
York City. She has participated in Illinois Music Educators Association District 7 chorus for 3 years and All
State Chorus for two years.

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