YOI 2020 Recital

For our September BAGO program, we’ll be premiering a video recital by our 2020 YOI scholarship recipients.

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Meet our 2020 YOI Recipients and their recital selections:


Benedikt Ehrhardt, 13, was born in Munich, Germany in 2007, and began regular piano lessons at the age of 6.  He is currently a chorister at Saint Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge, MA, which he has been attending since his family moved to the Boston area in 2016.  Having won a scholarship of the Young Organists Initiative in fall 2019, he started to receive organ lessons from Dean Jeremy Bruns.  Benedikt’s interests include video and photo technology as well as flying drones.
 
Selections:
Largo e spiccato from Concerto in D minor (after Vivaldi), BWV 596 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Grand Chœur in G – Théodore-César Salomé (1834-1896)


Lucas Jindra will begin his undergraduate studies in August at St. Olaf College where he will study with Catherine Rodland. A June graduate of Beverly High School, Lucas sang in two choirs and was a member of the varsity soccer team. He recently became an Eagle Scout and he has a keen interest in environmental science and hiking. During the past year, he has served as Organ Scholar at Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham. A winner of a YOI lesson scholarship from the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Lucas has studied organ with John Russell. He and his family have recently moved to Idaho where his mother, a sociologist, will join the faculty at Idaho State University in Pocatello.
 
Selections:
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545  – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Gavin Klein is a Junior at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton. He is an organ student of William Ness whom he has been studying with for four years, and a piano student of Roy Imperio whom he has been studying with for two years. He currently serves as Organist at Rollstone Congregational Church in Fitchburg, Organist for the Sisters of St. Benedict Center at St. Ann’s House in Harvard (Extraordinary Form), and plays for masses at St. John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish in Clinton, and Holy Rosary Parish in Gardner (Extraordinary Form). He hopes to study music in college and pursue music as a career thereafter. In January 2020, he performed a solo recital in Brattleboro, VT featuring organ music from Europe and the US.
 
Selections:
Nimrod from Enigma Variations – Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Fanfare – William Mathias (1934-1992)


Justin Lee became passionately attached to the music of J.S. Bach around six. Under the guidance of Pauline Oliver, he has studied the harpsichord exclusively since the same age and just started playing the organ last summer. Following an exceptional masterclass with French harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, Justin is always looking to push the boundaries of harpsichord performance and is intrigued by how playing the organ can make him a better harpsichordist. He currently studies organ with Jeremy Bruns and is a rising senior at Arlington High School.
 
Selections:
Celtic Hymn for Organ – Hans-André Stamm (b.1958)
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)


Aaron Stewart plays harp, piano, and organ and has received awards for his performance in all three instruments. He composes chamber music and solos, mainly in the classical style. An eight-grader at the Runkle School in Brookline, Massachusetts, he is an avid tennis player, adventurous cook and part-time vegetarian.  He studies organ with Chris Lane.
 
Selections:
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 553 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Trio Sonata for Organ – Aaron Stewart

I. Grave
III. Andante
IV. Fuga


Isabelle Zhao is an 8th grader at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury, MA. She is currently a student of Mr. William Ness (organ) and Ms. Olga Rogach (piano). She studied piano and organ with Mr. Malcolm Halliday from March 2014 – May 2016. Isabelle was awarded a Young Organists Initiative Scholarship in 2019. She was also awarded a scholarship from the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for two years in a row (2016 and 2017). She also won third prize in the prestigious Music Worcester Young Artist Competition in 2018, and honorable mention in 2019. Isabelle often performs at church services at the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury as a music intern. She is frequently invited to perform at different venues in Central Massachusetts. Isabelle played the organ at the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert at Mechanics Hall in March 2018. She has played both piano and organ in the Young People’s Classical Concert at First Congregational Church of Millbury in 2017 and 2018. Isabelle had her first introduction to chamber music at the Worcester Chamber Music Society Chamberfest Music Camp in 2017, and continued to participate since then. She is also playing the cello in the school orchestra and participated in the MMEA Junior Districts Orchestra.
 
Selections:
Partita IV from O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Antiphon III “I am black but comely, O Ye Daughters of Jerusalem” (from Fifteen Pieces op. 18) – Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 553 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)