Jan. 22, 2009
Three young musicians were selected as the winners of the Siouxland Youth Symphony’s concerto contest, which was held Sunday, Jan. 18, at Morningside College. As a result, they will perform with the youth symphony as soloists during its spring concert on April 26.
The winners, all of Sioux City, are oboist Greg Drilling, son of Don and Carol Drilling; soprano Britt Gebhardt, daughter of Joel and Karen Gebhardt; and pianist Lindsey O’Halloran, daughter of Patrick and Sandy O’Halloran.
Greg Drilling is a freshman at East High School. He studies oboe with Lynn Gross, who continues teaching music privately after retiring from his position in the public schools. Drilling will be performing a movement of the Haydn “Concerto in C Major” with the orchestra.
Britt Gebhardt is a music major at Morningside College. She studies voice with Gail Dooley, associate professor and interim chair of music at Morningside. Gebhardt will be performing Gounod’s well-known aria “Ah je veux vivre.”
Lindsey O’Halloran is a home-schooled high school student. She studies piano privately with Kathryn March, visiting assistant professor of music at Morningside College. O’Halloran will be performing a movement of Mozart’s “Concerto in A Major K 414.”
Judges for the concerto contest were John Thomson, professor of violin at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion; Sean Burton, choral director at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City; and Steven Larson, internationally-known concert pianist who is now living in Creighton, Neb.
The Siouxland Youth Symphony functions under the auspices of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, an arm of the Morningside College Music Department. The symphony is directed by Joseph Shufro, associate professor of music at Morningside.