Music Worcester, Inc./The Worcester Music Festival Holds its 150th Annual Meeting November 16, 2009
The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of Music Worcester, Inc. was held on Monday evening, November 16th, at Harrington House (The President's House) at Clark University. Board members, Music Guild members, and invited guests were treated to a performance following the meeting by 2009 Young Artist Competition winner, oboist Christopher Coyne, accompanied by 2008 winner, pianist Mackenzie Melemed.
Performance was followed by refreshments and reception.
A program of works of Albinoni, Debussy, Chopin, Schumann, and Rodges & Hammerstein was performed for all in attendance.
17-year-old Christopher Coyne is a senior at Wachusett Regional High School and is currently with the Boston Youth Symphony's senior orchestra and will tour Great Britain in the Spring of 2010. In addition to oboe, Christopher also plays alto saxophone for Wachusett's Honors Jazz Ensemble and plays guitar, piano, flute, and composes for personal enjoyment. He has many musical accomplishments in addition to the Y.A.C. 1st prize Music Guild Award this year, including a 2nd place in the Seven Hills Symphony 2008 Youth Concerto Competition, Honarable Mention in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestr 2008 Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention in the Philharmonic Society of Arlington 2009 young Artist Competition, and Outstanding Soloist Award at the 2009 North American Music Festival and Outstanding Musicianship Award at the 2008 U.N.H. Jazz Festival. His oboe teachers include Joe halko and Miriam Jensen.
His academic accomplishments include President of the National Honors Society, acceptance into The Who's Who Registry of Academic Excellence, membership into The National Society of High School Scholars, the Laureat National Award for the Le Grand Concours in French, and the Harvard Book Award for Academic Achievement. He is currently ranked #1 at Wachusett in his class.
Pianist Mackenzie Melemed is 14 years old and currently a freshman at the Bancroft School in Worcester. Mackenzie was the 2008 winner of the Young Artist Competition 1st prize, The Music Guild Award, as well as co-winner of the 2009 James Powers Concerto Competiition and performed with the Boston Civic Symphony this October. He was a first place winner of the Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, performed at the White House Holiday Open House for the past five years and has performed on the PBS television show "From The Top: Live at Carnegie Hall".
Christopher and Mackenzie are good friends.