Winners of the Marguerite Suozzi Young Performers Talent Competition

Sunday, July 9 at 7:00 pm

Concert Sponsors
Nancy & Sandy Epstein
Iris & Saul Katz Family Foundation
Trustees of Morgan Park
Leonard & Caryl Shapiro
Gail Waller

Young Performers in Concert reveals the rich talents to be found among North Shore music students. Performing this evening as winners of the 2017 Marguerite Suozzi Young Performers Talent Competition are the following exceptionally talented young people.
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 The 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; they will perform at the July 9 concert.

Ashley Huber (vocal) • Oliver Liu (piano)
Issy Ingenito (ukulele, guitar, vocal)
Noah Lee (cello) • Stephen Chang (piano)
Madison Roberts (vocal) • Marco Motroni (violin)  
Joseph Choi (piano)
ZOA Band: Oscar Cellura, Andrew Hahn, Zachary Levine

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

Antigone Rising

Antigone Rising, founded by Long Island sisters Cathy and Kristen Henderson, has built a strong local, national and international reputation through appearances ranging from Sea Cliff Beach to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam where they performed as part of the United States' Cultural Ambassadors program. This creative group of women presents a happy, upbeat concert experience blending pop, rock and country punctuated by three-part harmonies and witty banter. Antigone Rising is widely known for its charitable foundation, Girls Rising, and for its commitments to women's equality, world hunger and international peace.
The Marguerite Suozzi Young Performers Talent Competition

The competition is open to musicians, ages 9 to 19, who reside in or go to school on the North Shore of Nassau County and who have not performed in paid, professional appearances. Winners will perform at Young Performers in Concert, held at the park on a Sunday early in July. They will also receive monetary awards. For information on the 2017 Competition, please watch our website,, or write to: MPSMF Talent Search; P.O. Box 296; Glen Cove, NY, 11542.