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Young Artist Showcase Features Festival Winners Performing Vivaldi and Strauss
The Young Artist Showcase takes place Saturday, February 25, 7:30 P.M. at the Hays C.I.S.D. Performing Arts Center in Kyle, Texas, and Sunday, February 26, 4:00 P.M. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Dripping Springs, Texas.

The Starlight Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the winners of  its 2006 Young Artist Festival: Timothy Carder, a 15-year-old sophomore and Derek Surguy,   a 17-year-old junior.  Both students attend Dripping Springs High School.

At the festival in October, 2005, Mr. Carder and Mr. Surguy earned the privilege of performing solo works with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra in concert by competing against other students in the orchestra. The performances will take place in February, 2006, at the Young Artist Showcase.  The concert program will celebrate the heritage of young musicians with early works by Bach, Mozart, Arriaga, Mendelssohn, and Grieg.  Mr. Carder will perform the Violin Concerto in f minor Op. 8, No. 4, "Winter" from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi. Mr. Surguy, on french horn, will perform the Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major Op. 11 by Richard Strauss (1st movement, Allegro).

Tim Carder
Tim Carder became interested in playing the violin at age three and had his first lesson when he was five years old.  He has learned to play primarily by the Suzuki method of Talent Education, a pedagogy for teaching music and music performance to  the very young.  Although violin is his first instrument, Mr. Carder also plays french horn in the high school band and electric guitar for fun.  He has played with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra off and on since it began in 2003.  He currently studies violin with Wimberley teacher, Paula E. Bird, who plays violin with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Derek Surguy

Derek Surguy began his study of the french horn in seventh grade under Mr. David Parker.  Within his first year, Mr. Surguy went from rank beginner to performing in the Dripping Springs Middle School Symphonic Band.  By eighth grade he attained the honor of acceptance into the All-Region Middle School Band.  As a freshman in high school, Mr. Surguy auditioned for his acceptance into the high school Symphonic Band, and as a sophomore, he  achieved top ratings at the state solo competition.  His tenure with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra began in the spring of 2004.

Both winners had the support of parent musicians at home as role models.  Tim Carder's father, Darrell Carder, plays the saxophone, and he performed in the Starlight Symphony Orchestra's holiday concerts in December.  Derek Surguy's mother, violinist Pat Surguy, is the Starlight's concertmaster and music librarian.

In addition to showcasing the festival winners, the Starlight Symphony Orchestra has invited advanced string students from area studios to participate in a special performance of youth.  New students will join existing student members at the Saturday night concert to perform Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and they will sit in with the full orchestra on Mozart's Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio.

The Starlight Symphony Orchestra, since its start in 2003, has had thirty-nine junior high and high school students participate in concerts, along with numerous college students.  These students get valuable experience in performing orchestral literature, and they gain community service hours as volunteers for a non-profit, charitable organization.  The intermingling of students, young adults, and adults up to senior citizens makes the experience unique and educational for all the players by bringing generations together.  There are no fees to participate as a musician in the orchestra.

Students who play in at least two concert programs with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra are eligible to participate in the Starlight Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Festival, an adjudicated event occurring each fall.  Judges offer tips and comments to participants, increasing the educational value of the event.  Two top students win the opportunity to perform as soloists with the orchestra at the February Young Artist Showcase.   Each receives a certificate of achievement and a $500 scholarship toward their music studies.

The Starlight Symphony Orchestra is a regional orchestra serving the Central Texas Corridor between IH-35 and Hwy 281 from South Austin to Blanco to San Antonio.  Dr. Cina Crisara is the artistic director and conductor.  Orchestra rehearsals are in the Wimberley Junior High School band hall on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00.

The Young Artist Showcase takes place Saturday, February 25, 7:30 P.M. at the Hays C.I.S.D. Performing Arts Center in Kyle, Texas, and Sunday, February 26, 4:00 P.M. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Dripping Springs, Texas. There is no charge for the concerts.  Donations are requested.  For more information call 512.858.0324 or click here to go to the Starlight Symphony Orchestra website.

The Starlight Symphony Orchestra is a financially independent branch of the Wimberley Players 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation.  Donations are tax-deductible.


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