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Fine Arts Announces Winners of 2023 Concerto Competition


A grid of photos of contest participants holding their instruments

Clockwise from top left: Pierce Augusti ’23; Benya Wilfret ’25; Karolyna Huntanar ’27; Eve Munford ’28; Xavier Rivera ’28; Carson Hatefi ’28

On Feb. 8, the Fine Arts Department hosted six students in grades seven through 12 in their annual Concerto/Sonata/Aria Competition.  

This competition is for elite performers, who perform one movement from an advanced concerto, sonata or opera — a musical work written in three or four movements — or a work with the same length and level of difficulty as a concerto movement. The competition is divided into two divisions: Division I, made up of students in ninth through 12 grades, and Division II, for students in eighth grade or below.

This year’s contestants were Pierce Augusti ’23 and Benya Wilfret ’25 in Division I, and Karolyna Huntanar ’27, Eve Munford ’28, Xavier Rivera ’28 and Carson Hatefi ’28 in Division II.  

Congratulations to Division I winner Benya Wilfret for his performance of Sonata IV in D Major: II. Allegro by Handel and to Division II winner Xavier Rivera for his performance of Sonata in e minor, op. 38, #1, Rondo by Romberg. 

“Students in both divisions performed beautifully,” wrote Elisabeth McChesney in a message from the Fine Arts Department to the participants. “The judges not only were so impressed, they found it an enjoyable afternoon.”