Top music students shine in Concerto/Aria Competition

The Grove College Music Department’s 29th annual Concerto/Aria Competition produced three top winners whose talents will be featured in an upcoming Symphony Orchestra concert.

The event on Oct. 21 in Arnold Recital Hall attracted the top music students from across campus in a competition which is evaluated by three independent judges. The panel are experts in the field of music performance and education and not associated with Grove City College.

After hearing nine students sing arias and perform concertos on flute, piano, violin, cello, and trumpet, the judges tallied their scores and named three winners:

  • Senior Dabria DiCenso, a Music major with a Marketing minor from Canonsburg, Pa., on flute.
  • Senior Josef Mueller, a double major in Biology and Music from Allison Park, Pa., on violin.
  • Junior Madeline Helm, a double major in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Willow Street, Pa., who is a Soprano.

They will perform with the Symphony Orchestra at the Orchestra’s Feb. 10, 2023 concert.

Dr. Jeffrey Tedford ’00, department chair and director of Orchestras, hosted the competition.

“I am so proud of each of the nine students and their accompanists who poured their hearts and souls into this event. It is so rewarding to see the musical growth of these students and the grace with which they handle this competition. They are true role models for the music industry,” Tedford said.

Sophomore Christian Abbott, a double major in Computer Science and Music with a focus on piano from Greenwood, Va., earned an honorable mention award from the judges.

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Top music students shine in Concerto/Aria Competition

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