The Marguerite Suozzi Young Performers Talent Competition
Our 2017 Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Young Performers Talent Competition. The four winners, plus those the judges designated as Honorable Mention, will perform at the Young Performers in Concert at Morgan Park on Sunday, July 9 at 7 p.m. This is an evening that always reveals the rich talents to be found among our local music students. Please plan to attend this exceptional concert.
Senior Winner (tie): Vocalist Christopher Lau is a 17-year-old senior at North Shore High School, a bass-baritone who has appeared in 9 to 5, Oklahoma, and Rent. He performed in NYSSMA All-State Choir and has competed at the Classical Singer Vocal Conference in Chicago. Christopher began his vocal studies with his mother, the lyric soprano Catherine Lau.

Senior Winner (tie): Vocalist Jenna Weitman of Manhasset High School is 17-years old. She has performed as a member of All-State Choir and All-County choir and is a member of her school's Tri-M Music Honor Society, Select Ensemble and Symphonic Choir. Jenna's performance credits include Faure's Requiem and Drowsy Chaperone. She studies with Jeannie O'Malley.
Junior Winner: Pianist Katherine Wang is a 12-year-old seventh grader at Great Neck Middle School. At age six she began her piano studies with Yelena Fridman and has since passed ABRSM, grade 8 piano with distinction.
Second Place Senior or Junior Winner: Vocalist Lauren Marchand is a 12-year-old sixth grader at Jericho Middle School. Twice named an Honorable Mention in the Young Performers Competition, Lauren has participated in NYSSMA for the past five years. Her musical theater credits include Sound of Music, Hairspray and High School Musical. She studies with Arielle Cooperman-Murdocco.


The following Young Performers were recognized by the judges for
Honorable Mention designation
Noah Lee, cello • Zoa Band: Andrew Hahn, Zachary Levine, Oscar Cellura •
Issy Ingenito, ukulele, guitar, vocal • Joseph Choi, piano •
Aileen Park, vocal • Marco Motroni, violin • Stephen Chang, piano • Oliver Liu, piano¨•
Ashley Huber, vocal • Madison Roberts, vocal

We thank the judges of our 2017 Young Performers Talent Competition
Lisa Petrash Denison, Cathy Henderson of Antigone Rising, Lois Tepfer, Susan Weber