CVUHS student wins VYO award

HINESBURG The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association recently awarded scholarships to two graduating VYOA students. VYO violinist Alice Hasen of Hinesburg received the 2008 Hermance Prize. Alice presented a spirited performance of the Allegro moderato, from the Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius at the annual Hermance Prize Recital, held on April 27 at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michaels College.A panel of anonymous judges chose her performance from among the eight soloists who participated in the recital. The Champlain Valley Union High School senior has played the violin for thirteen years, seven of them in VYOA orchestras. This season, she served as co-concertmaster for the VYO, where she has been a member for four years. As a member of the VYOA, Alice honed her technical skill, working alongside great masters of the violin and performed in exciting locations from Carnegie Hall to the Great Wall of China. She has done all this in the company of some of her closest friends. The diligence required for practice, rehearsals and concerts also served her well in school. She has accompanied recent school productions of Les Mis_bles and Into the Woods. She has participated in the All State, the New England and the District Music Festivals, and played the tenor sax in the CVU Jazz Band. Next fall, Alice will attend Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where she will continue her music studies. Currently, Alice lives in both Shelburne and Ferrisburgh with her father and her mother. She studies the violin privately with instructor Ann Cooper.

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