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Young Artist Competition Winners Showcased at Summit Symphony Concert May 22

Young Artist Winner Emily Wang of Scotch Plains attends Union County Magnet School Credits:
Young Artist Winner Ethan Melamed of Edison Credits:
Young Artist Winner Robin Park. Credits:

SUMMIT, NJ - Under the direction of musical director Michael Avagliano, the Summit Symphony will present its final concert of the season on May 22 at Summit High School, beginning at 3 p.m. The orchestra will perform works by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini and Sibelius, with the winners of the Symphony's Young Artist Competition featured as soloists.

The winners this year are bassoonist Ethan Melamed from Edison, who will perform a movement of the Mozart Concerto for Bassoon, cellist Robin Park from Princeton Junction, who will perform part of the Elgar Cello Concerto,  and violinist Emily Wang from Scotch Plains, who will perform part of the Concerto for Violin by Mendelssohn.

Melamed is a junior at JP Stevens High School in Edison. In addition to playing the bassoon, he also plays the flute/piccolo, English horn and string bass. He plays in numerous high school ensembles as well as the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, successfully auditioned for New Jersey Regional and All-State ensembles, and recently participated in the Carnegie Hall Honors Music Program. “Music is my passion and when I graduate high school, I fully intend to pursue a career in music,” said Melamed.

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Park is a freshman at West Windsor / Plainsboro High School North.  He has been an cello student of Priscilla Lee for eight years, and has participated in the Kennet, PA, Symphony young artist competition and the Bravura Philharmonic Concerto Competition.  He has attended the Settlement Music School in New York City, and the Tanglewood String Quartet workshop.

Wang is a junior at Union County Magnet High School and studies violin with Deborah Buck. She has been a member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony for six years, and is currently a member of Youth Symphony, one of NJYS’s two advanced, full orchestras in the NJYS family of ensembles.

This concert is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit


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