RMF features the finest 28 student musicians across Berks County into two Artists of Tomorrow concerts

The Reading Musical Foundation will present 28 of its first-place winners from the 2023 scholarship auditions in their prestigious Artists of Tomorrow Concert. An annual event, the concert will be held at the WCR Center for the Arts on Sunday, January 7, 2024, and Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 3:00 PM.

Musicians are divided between the two concerts based on if they have performed in a previous Artists of Tomorrow Concert or if this is their first event. The Artists of Tomorrow Concerts are free to the public. Free parking will be available in the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot across from WCR Center for the Arts. Featured below are the students participating at each of the concerts.

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RMF will also recognize musicians who have placed in the RMF auditions every year for at least the last three years with the Young Music Makers award. The organization is focusing on the three-year consistency due to how RMF age groupings break out in the scholarship program (Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, Grades 10-12).

It was noted that it can be difficult for students to place when they are in the youngest year of the age bracket and auditioning against students with more years of experience. RMF created the Young Music Makers award to recognize this accomplishment. Out of the 152 merit winners from 2023, only 39 will receive this award! The list of students receiving this award is also below.

RMF awarded over $274,428 in 2023 in scholarship awards to Berks County musicians. Divided almost evenly between merit (audition-based) and need-sensitive awards, students were able to receive assistance for private lessons, instrument rentals and upgrades, college tuition and summer camp scholarships. More information about RMF’s scholarship program, including audition dates and deadlines for 2024, can be found at readingmusicalfoundation.org.

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Unique in the country in its approach and breadth, the Reading Musical Foundation enriches our community through music education, advocacy, performance, and appreciation. The Foundation maintains an appreciation for music and the diligence, respect for accuracy and teamwork that music training provides equip young adults for a variety of occupations and roles in the community.

January 7, 2024 Concert:

Grace Campling – Double Bass – Exeter Township High School, Dayne Kishbaugh – Tenor Saxophone – West Chester University, Abriana Kreiser – Flute & Piccolo – Slippery Rock University, Hayden Llenado – Cello – Wilson High School, David Moshkovsky – Violin – Veritas Academy, Molly Nemirow – Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) – Wagner College, Anna Nygard – Trombone – Kutztown High School, Elena Nygard – Trumpet – Kutztown High School, Austin Snavely – Vibraphone – Daniel Boone High School, Sarah Snyder – Piano – Green Valley Elementary School, Avielle Sotomayor – Violin – Liberty University, Caleb Sotomayor – Classical Guitar – Homeschooled, Judah Sotomayor – Classical Guitar – Liberty University, Olivia Szor – Violin – Wyomissing Senior High School, Julia Xie – Piano – Wilson West Middle School.

January 14, 2024, Concert:

Riley Butler – Piano – Wyomissing Senior High School, Artemis Drake – Oboe – Conrad Weiser High School, Joshua Griffith – Cello – 21st Century Cyber Charter School, Margaret Haan – Harp – Wyomissing Junior High School, Amaya Kanaovicz – Flute – Daniel Boone Middle School, Rolan McNabb – Piano – Governor Mifflin Middle School, Noam Nieves-Franco – Violin – Reading Central Middle School, Dexter Sales – Drums – Wilson High School, James Tiffany – Cello – Homeschooled So What!, Noah Gibney – Piano – Wyomissing Area High School, Esteban Ruiz-Velazquez – Bass – Exeter Township Senior High School, Dexter Sales – Drums – Wilson High School, Lawrence Zeng – Piano – Wyomissing Senior High School, Ethan Zhou – Piano – Wilson West Middle School, Kurtis Zirkel – Piano – Governor Mifflin Intermediate School.

Young Music Makers Award Winners 2023

Grace Campling, Double Bass. Katelyn Cox, French Horn. Meghan Cramer, Percussion. Heidi Ding, Piano & Flute. Kevin Ding, Piano & Violin. Artemis Drake, Oboe. Emily Edwards, Flute. Maisy Funk, Violin. Emily Gao, Piano. Kyle Gao, Piano. Noah Gibney, Guitar & Piano. Aislin Given, Voice. Megan Gutzler, Trumpet & Voice. Daniel Huang, Piano & Violin. Michael Jordan III, Double Bass. Scarlet Jordan, Violin. Eleanor Lytle, Piano. Maria Mallozzi, Organ & Piano. Siamantha Messner, Piano. Moses Moshkovsky, Violin. Adi Nayak, Alto Saxophone. Noam Nieves Franco, Violin. Anna Nygard, Piano & Trombone. Ellen Rochlin, Voice. Griffin Saar, Guitar. Benjamin Small, Tenor Saxophone. Austin Snavely, Percussion. Caleb Sotomayor, Classical Guitar. Judah Sotomayor, Classical Guitar. Sindura Sridhar, Piano & Violin. Elizabeth Steffy, Flute. Olivia Szor, Violin
Naomi Tam, Piano. Andrew Watts, Violin. Lauren Watts, Piano. Brooke Winnberg, Harp. Julia Xie, Piano. Lawrence Zeng, Piano. Ethan Zhou, Piano.

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