Soloists from Around the Country Highlight Orchestra Concert

Southern Adventist University hosts its annual concerto concert on Sunday, February 9, at 4 p.m. in the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists. Students from around the country competed for soloist slots, and six were chosen to perform with the university’s Symphony Orchestra in a free event that is open to the community and also being streamed live online.

Each of the students selected demonstrated a unique proficiency for their instrument. Featured in the concert will be two violinists, Pablo Sanchez-Pazos of Andrews University and Dana Wilson of Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy; two pianists, Man-Ling Bair and Yi-Ju Tsai of Lee University; one violist, Guanliang Zong of Lee University; and one oboist, Tyler Rand of Southern.

Laurie Minner, orchestra conductor and associate professor for the School of Music, sat on the audition panel and describes the judges’ selection criteria.

“We looked to see if they brought anything to the performance other than what they have heard on recordings,” Minner said. “Then we watched for someone who engages the audience and really performs–reaches down the throat of the audience and makes them listen!” 

Tyler, a senior music theory and literature major at Southern, was chosen to be a concerto concert soloist for the second time. A decorated musician, he rates this competition and performance above his previous successes and considers it to be a personal victory after a series of unfortunate circumstances. During the week of his audition, Tyler was forced to deal with an auto accident, stiffness and soreness in his neck and arms, and even a broken oboe.  

“This concert will be a lot more exciting for me because I overcame these obstacles,” Rand said.

For a concerto concert program listing, and event calendar of future performances, visit the School of Music’s website.

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