Two local musicians “score” in Joliet Symphony Orchestra contest

Soprano Karlie Traversa (Plainfield) and celloist Marianne Roszyk (Minooka) scored big in the Joliet Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever “concerto competition” for area musicians. They will perform with the JSO at its April 2014 performance in the University of St. Francis Music at Moser performing arts series.

This spring, JSO Director Jim Stopher announced the competition and 22 contestants from Joliet and the surrounding communities competed in May for the chance to perform a solo piece with the orchestra. The Junior Division was open to individuals under the age of 18, and the Senior Division was open to musicians over 18 who don’t earn income from teaching private lessons and/or performing with their instrument or voice. Contestants were required to choose a work that was suitable for a soloist and orchestra, and something that would also be appropriate for a community-level orchestra to perform.

Traversa was chosen in the Junior Division and Roszyk was chosen in the Senior Division. Trombonist Bill Goetz (Tinley Park) received an Honorable Mention.

Stopher indicated that judges were impressed with the winners’ creativity and technique and felt the competition was a great success. “Just as we had hoped, it helped highlight the enormous musical talent in the area, and it will allow two bright young stars to shine as soloists with the JSO next season.”

Stopher also noted that because JSO’s several past performances have sold out, they’re expanding their winter 2013 program to include two performances on Dec. 7 and 8. He was pleased to announce that in April 2014, when Traversa and Roszyk perform, the JSO will be debuting in Joliet’s Rialto Square Theater.

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