DeKALB – Six talented young musicians will perform at the annual Community School of the Arts honors recital at Northern Illinois University at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16. They are the recipients of a talent scholarship awarded by the NIU Community School of the Arts after a rigorous audition held in early January.
The students each receive a prize of $250. A total of 102 students have been awarded talent scholarships since they were established in 1996.
Ranging in age from 12 to 16, this year’s winners are from DeKalb, Glen Ellyn and Rockford and will perform works by Gretry, Joplin, Corelli, Bruch, Debussy and Kreisler. The recipients all are students in the NIU Community School of the Arts, where they receive private lessons from Ann Montzka-Smelser, Jaina Krueger and Jui-Ching Wang.
William Jiang, 14, is an eighth grader at Marshall Academy in Rockford. He is the son of Yiwei Jiang and Sumei Zhoi. He will perform "Praeludium" and "Allegro" by Fritz Kreisler on the violin.
Christine Ryzhov is a 12-year-old sixth-grade student at Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb. She is the daughter of Victor Ryzhov and Natalia Vinokur. She will play "Tambourine" by A. Gretry on violin.
Alyssa Leston is the daughter of Stephen and Heather Leston. She is a seventh-grade home-school student and lives in DeKalb. She is a violinist and will perform "La Folia" by A. Corelli.
Chance Hostetler, 16, is a home-school student in the 10th grade. He is the son of Chris and Anna Hostetler and lives in DeKalb. He will play "Bethena" by Scott Joplin on piano.
Allison Kozinski is 16 years old and is the daughter of Ted and Melanie Kozinski of DeKalb. She is a home-school student in her junior year. She will perform "Prelude for Piano" by Debussy.
Leo Thomas O’Malley is 15 years old and is performing on violin the first movement of the "Concerto in G Minor" by Max Bruch. He is the son of Christopher and LeMarie O’Malley. He is a home-school student in the ninth grade.
The recital is free and open to the public. It is in the Recital Hall of the Music Building on the campus of Northern Illinois University.