College to Host 71st Annual Youth Festival Concert

by Eleanor James, Tri-County Concerts Association, Inc.

The Sugár Trio

The Sugár Trio

Winners of the Tri-County Concerts Association’s 71st Annual Youth Festival auditions will appear in a recital on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. in the Science Center Theater at Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.  The young artists include pianists, instrumentalists, and vocalists from Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties. They will perform works by Liszt, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, among others. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased online or at the door. Students and children will be admitted free (supported by the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund).  For further information, call 610-649-2517 or visit

Many talented young musicians from Montgomery County won prizes in this year’s Youth Festival and will perform at the concert.  David Shin of Huntingdon Valley, an eighth grade student at Murray Avenue Middle School, won first place in the Junior Piano Division.  Winning first place in the Junior Ensemble Division was the Sugár Trio, with violinist Ethan Frankel, cellist Mark Egan, and pianist Herbie Turner.  Ethan, from Royersford, is a sixth grade honor student at Spring-Ford Intermediate School; Mark, from Audubon, is a Distinguised Honor Roll student in seventh grade at Arcola Intermediate School; Herbie, from Phoenixville, is a seventh grader at The Wyndcroft School.

Janet Wu of King of Prussia won second place in Senior Piano.  Janet is in ninth grade at the Academy of Notre Dame.  Cellist Cindy Yeo, of Huntingdon Valle,y won second place in Senior Strings; violinist Sophia Yoo, of Souderton, won second place in Junior Strings. Winning second place in Senior Winds was saxophonist Jack Zhang, of Blue Bell, who is in 10th grade at Wissahickon High School.

A number of students from Montgomery County also won Honorable Mention. In Senior Strings, cellist Sarah Barrett of Eagleville, a senior at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford; and in Senior Winds, alto saxophonist Charlie Zhang, of Blue Bell, a senior at Wissahickon High School.  Two students from Lansdale won Honorable Mention in the Junior Division:  pianist Selena Yue, an eighth grade student at The Shipley School, in Junior Piano; and violinist Fiyi Adebekun, a seventh grade student at Pennfield Middle School.

The Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival is one of the area’s most prestigious competitions for aspiring young classical musicians living in Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties.  Since 1943 the festival has been a stepping stone to achievement for many emerging young artists, including current and retired members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  This year will mark its 71st anniversary.

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