NEW  YORK, NY - Sparta High School junior Eileen Huhn has been invited to be a featured soloist and perform with the accompaniment of the Vari Musiciati Orchestra.  The 17-year-old honor student earned the invitation after taking first place in the Lindeblad School of Music Concerto Competition. The winning piece was Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19 III. Rondo, Molto allegro

That competition took place in Merkin Hall in New York City on March 19. Her winning piece was Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19 III. Rondo, Molto allegro.  Huhn has performed four times at Carnegie Hall and won local, national and international piano competitions.

"Playing piano with a full orchestra was beyond my wildest dreams," Huhn said. "I credit my passion for this piece of music, as well as my teacher, Wayne Weng."

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Being a featured artist, rather than a supporting role as a cellist in an orchestra was somewhat of an adjustment Huhn explained. 

“It is a role reversal of sorts, normally, I am the cellist in the orchestra who performs the accompaniment for a featured soloist," Huhn said. "There is security in being surrounded by so many talented musicians and a brilliant conductor.  As the soloist you really understand the importance of a good conductor.”

Huhn's musical talent is not limited to the piano. She is First Cello in the Sparta High School Philharmonic  Orchestra.  She plays cello for the Sussex County Youth Orchestra where she is Assistant to the Principal cello.  She has performed in the orchestra pit for the school's spring musicals for the past three years.  Last year Huhn was recruited to play for the Newton High School spring musical as well.    

Outside of the music room, Huhn is a strong student.  She is a member of the World Language and National Honor Societies.  She volunteers with Key Club and Habitat for Humanity. 

Huhn shares her love of music with others.  She donates her musical talents, performing at school events, church programs and organizations such as Project Self-Sufficiency.  She works part time as a teacher's assistant for Sparta Summer Arts Workshop and teaches piano lessons in her home. 

Looking ahead, past high school the talented student musician plans to major in science as well as continue her musical studies in college. 

"I continue to be grateful for Sparta's music program, it has provided me so many exciting opportunities," Huhn said. "The music teachers have guided and supported me from elementary school straight through high school."