Three YOBC students were selected as soloists, from 9 highly qualified contenders in this year’s Concerto Competition which was held in June 2016. Congratulations to Mary Kate Durnan (violin), Liam Tahaney (tuba), and Zach Eisengrein (trumpet) who will play at an upcoming YOBC concert this season.
Mary Kate Durnan is a senior at Council Rock North Highschool. She started playing violin at age 4, studying with Joanne Lee Watts. Currently, she studies with Victoria Voronyansky. At 14, she also began viola. Mary Kate has played both violin and viola in PMEA and BCMEA festivals. She has been in YOBC for 9 years, starting in Concertino at age 8. She progressed through Philharmonia and then joined Symphony Orchestra in 2012. She plays viola in YOBC’s Honors String Quartet and is concert mistress for YOBC’s 2016 French Riviera tour. Outside of YOBC, Mary Kate is the concert mistress of her school orchestra, of which she has held the positions of vice president and librarian. She is also the vice president of her school’s Tri-M National Music Honors society. Mary Kate plans on majoring in English or History in college, but plans to always keep music a part of her life.
Liam is a junior at Pennsbury High School. He is in his third year with YOBC. He began studying the trumpet with Roberta Stafford when he was in fourth grade. Liam began playing tuba in his freshmen year, and after simultaneously playing trumpet and tuba, he decided to focus wholly on tuba. He has served as sousaphone section leader for the past two years in the Pennsbury Marching Band. He began the study of tuba with Lee Jarzembak and is currently studying with Matthew Gatti. Liam has performed in Italy and France with YOBC as well as Washington, D.C. and Sydney, Australia with the Pennsbury Marching Band and Concert Jazz Band, where the jazz band featured legendary multi-instrumentalist James Morrison. Beyond tuba, Liam’s musical endeavors extend to guitar, bass, piano, production, and vocals. After high school, Liam is planning to pursue music or medicine. Liam would like to thank Frank Mazzeo and the entire PHS instrumental music department, as well as Bob Lauren and all of the music directors of YOBC for their continued encouragement and support.
Zachary Eisengrein began his musical training in the fourth grade, starting with the flute. After one year on flute, he switched to trumpet, a “louder” instrument that suited him better, which he has played for the last seven years. Zach has experience in marching band, jazz band, concert band, and pop/rock band from years in school, and has picked up skills with other instruments including tuba, trombone, and saxophone. He has studied with Kerry Robertson and Adam Hershberger, whom he would like to thank for turning him into the player he is today. Outside of school bands, he has played in community events and churches as a soloist as well as an accompanist. In his first year of YOBC, Zach played with the Wind Ensemble, and now in his third year he is featured in YOBC Fanfare Winds, and plays with the Symphony Orchestra and Brass Ensemble. For the future, he plans on continuing his musical studies at college, where he will be majoring in trumpet performance.