Congratulations to Zoey Long, the winner of our 2019 concerto competition!
Zoey Long is a fourteen-year-old violist from Winchester, Massachusetts. She began her music studies on the violin, at age five. At the age of seven, Zoey began taking lessons with her current teacher, Dr. Vera Rubin. Less than three years ago, Zoey began learning the viola, while continuing learning the violin and piano. She is now fully committed to the viola, after experiencing the beauty and the various opportunities that the instrument has to offer.
Before winning the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerto competition, Zoey won first prize at the 2017 Roman Totenberg Young Musicians’ String Competition, as well as second and third place in other divisions. She is also the winner of the 2018 MMTA Bay State Competition, and has also won numerous other top prizes on the violin. In the summer of 2017, Zoey attended the Cremona International Music Academy in Italy, and was a finalist in the Cremona International Competition.
Outside of her private studies, Zoey has been enrolled in New England Conservatory’s preparatory orchestras since 2013, and is currently in their top ensemble, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Last year, she was the principal violist of NEC prep’s Youth Symphony. Zoey has also enjoyed chamber music at NEC and the Boston Music Institute.
As a ninth grader at the Winchester High School, Zoey is a self taught double bassist in the high school orchestra. She is also an all honors student and loves baking, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends.
Jeanne Selander Memorial Concerto Competition
Each year, the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra sponsors the Jeanne Selander Memorial Concerto Competition, a competition for young musicians. Students audition for the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra.
Jeanne Selander was an energetic violinist in the LPO when it began in the 1980’s. The youth competition was her brainchild and her passion. Mrs. Selander passed away in 1992, just a couple of years after establishing the competition for the orchestra.
The contest is open to young musicians through the age of 18 who live or go to school within 75 miles of Lowell. Students may still enter if they are 18+ but still enrolled in high school.
Although it is entitled "Concerto Competition," any substantial work for solo instrument and orchestra is acceptable. The concerti of the Suzuki repertoire are permitted with the exceptions of the Bach a minor Concerto, the Vivaldi a minor Concerto, and the Seitz Concertos. Accompanists are asked NOT to join the audition.
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