The Starlight Symphony Orchestra is honored to shine the spotlight on the phenomenal winners of the 2019 Young Artist Solo Competition
age 12, is a student of Matthew Zerweck in San Antonio. Adriana loves playing the violin because it touches people's emotions, giving them a reason to smile, to laugh or even to cry. Being “half ‘n half” Texan-Romanian, Adriana learned her favorite hill country fiddlin’ tunes studying with Deanna Badgett. She also has a special love for Romanian fiddling, including lively gypsy fiddling as well as more classical works by Romanian composers like George Enescu and Ciprian Porumbescu. Adriana owes thanks to local artist Stephanie Raby of the Austin Baroque Orchestra for introducing her to the beauty of Baroque period performance and fostering her love of Baroque music and improvisation.
Adriana’s violin highlights of 2018 include lessons with Charles Castleman at the University of Miami, Rachel Podger at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio's String Quartet and Music Composition Seminars. So far, 2019 highlights include performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, Mvt. 1 as a soloist with the San Antonio Sinfonietta, as well as performing as a soloist with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra! Adriana’s love for music keeps her busy as a member of Wayside Chapel’s orchestra and the Bethany Romanian Church’s String Ensemble. Adriana loves the piano and enjoys studying as a student of Dr. Ara Koh. If you ever hear someone practicing the violin in an airport, it could be Adriana. She loves traveling with her parents and visiting their widespread family. She learned early on that traveling meant finding lots creative ways to squeeze in practice, usually in exchange for ice cream. When she's not practicing, you’ll find Adriana baking, snuggled in a chair reading, playing with her cat, or creating videos for her YouTube channel Vividly Violin.
is an 18-year-old senior at Westwood High School. Her accomplishments on violin have been a direct reflection of her dedication and talent. Margaret started violin lessons at the age of 5. In May 2012, she won the 7th Asian American Community Partnership Competition Junior Division, which led to her performance at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas. Margaret performed with the Austin Civic Orchestra after winning the 2013 Pearl Amster Competition. In 2016, Margaret won the Austin Symphony Youth Award and toured with the Austin Symphony Orchestra to local high schools in Austin. She has been interviewed and broadcasted live by Dianne Donovan on Austin's KMFA Classical Radio Station. In 2017, Margaret won the Wilcox Music Award from the Wednesday Morning Music Club and performed at the annual Spring Luncheon for the club. Margaret is also a previous winner of the Starlight Symphony's Young Artist Competition.
Margaret has participated in the Texas All State Orchestra throughout her schooling. She placed fifth in the state in 2015-2016, sixth in 2016-2017, 3rd in 2017-2018, and 35th in 2018-2019. Since 2014, Margaret has been the Region 26 concertmistress continually. She placed second in the Music Teachers National Association State Competition in 2013. Margaret was a member of the Chamber Music in Public Schools (CHAMPS) for 2 years and placed first in the Chamber division of the Asian American Competition with her Grieg Quartet in 2016 and placed as finalist at the Coltman Competition in 2017. Margaret was the concertmistress of the Austin Chamber Orchestra in 2010 and performed a solo with the orchestra. She also received the Outstanding Soloist Award in 2016 and 2017 and is currently the first violinist of the string quartet under the direction of the Amster Chamber Music Program. Margaret has been the concertmistress of the Westwood High School Symphony Orchestra since 2015. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and jogging.
The SSO is based in Wimberley, with members from a 700 square mile area that includes Blanco, Boerne, Buda, Canyon Lake, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Lockhart, Oak Hill, and San Marcos. There are approximately fifty-five members ranging from Jr. High students to senior citizens. The orchestra has presented four programs a year in various Central Texas communities including Wimberley, Blanco, Kyle, San Marcos, Austin, and Dripping Springs since 2003.
Admission to both concerts is free. However, donations are greatly appreciated, and are tax-deductible under the non-profit charter of the Wimberley Players. All donations go directly to the orchestra. Additional information can be found at the Orchestra's web site.