Symphony Education Recital Honors Outstanding Music Student
April 29 Honors Recital at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theatre at the Community Campus, Hailey Showcased Local Music Students and Honored Outstanding Individual Performances
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music season culminated with the Honors Recital on April 29 at the Community Campus in Hailey. Twenty-one Wood River Valley music students performed, representing all departments in the Symphony’s year-round education program, in partnership with the Blaine County School District. Thirty-seven students auditioned for the chance to perform in the concert, and finalists were selected by a panel of School of Music department heads. Selection was based on the student’s preparedness and polish of their pieces. The performance culminated in the award of the Carol Nie Outstanding Music Student award to violinist, and Wood River High School senior, Analicia Koeplin.
The concert highlighted student performances in strings, piano and voice performing a wide variety of classical and contemporary pieces from Bach, Chopin and Vivaldi to Gabriel Fauré and Robert Vandall. Koeplin, who began her career in the Symphony’s Elementary Strings Program in the 5th grade, performed Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in G Major and was awarded the Carol Nie Outstanding Music Student Award—named for School of Music founder and former Sun Valley Summer Symphony Board President Carol Nie—for her enthusiasm, passion for music and ability to articulate what music means to her and how it impacts her future. In recognition, Koeplin was awarded a financial gift of $1,000 to further her music education needs. She plans to attend Boise State University’s nursing program after High School, hoping to either double-major or minor in music.
“Music brings me comfort and joy,” says Koeplin, “the School of Music has helped me grow in my violin, but also form relationships with other student musicians and the teachers.”
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music provides tuition-free, year-round music-educational programs for students grades 4 through 12. Learn more about Sun Valley Summer Symphony education programs here.
About the School of Music
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music opened its doors in January 2001. The brainchild of Carol Nie and Harriet Parker-Bass, the program was founded with the goal of offering high-caliber music education in a nurturing and stimulating environment to students, elementary through high school, who demonstrate a high aptitude for music learning and performance. The concept of the program was to provide a comprehensive music education with learning opportunities in group classes, ensembles and private instruction. Students not only learn the technical skills necessary to be proficient performers in their chosen discipline but also receive instruction in music theory, history and performance etiquette. While fees are assessed for private lessons, all ensembles, outreach programs and other group classes are free of charge. An extensive financial aid program ensures that any qualified student can participate, regardless of financial status.