SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School sophomore Eileen Huhn held her first music recital on Sunday at her home in Sparta. Eight local students, five pianists and three cellists performed a variety of holiday music for 25 family and friends.
Huhn began teaching her first student, Gianna Ramieri about two years ago. Ramieri’s mother had heard of Huhn’s success as a pianist and asked if she be interested in teaching. Since that time, Eileen has taken on seven additional students.
At the young age of six, Huhn began taking piano lessons with Joan Farrington in Sparta. She has won both national and international competitions and has played at Carnegie Hall three times.
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Huhn said "I love working with kids and this just seemed like a great opportunity to combine my love for music and children. I am so proud of my students today. They performed beautifully."
Students performing on Cello were Marguerite Bysshe, Thomas and JJ Kane. The pianists were Michael and Brianna Burns, Ellie Fagersten, Tyler Harms and Ramieri.
Huhn credits her success to her teachers Farrington, her current piano teacher Wayne Weng from The Lindeblad School of Music and Andrea Santora, Director of The Sparta Middle School Orchestra.
When asked her future plans, Huhn said she is working on a summer program to offer free lessons to underprivileged children. "I want children who wouldn't normally have the opportunity to be exposed to piano or cello to get that chance".
Eileen is an honor student at Sparta High School and will be touring Europe this summer with The Sussex County Youth Orchestra.