Brevard’s Got Music TalentMar 31, 2019 - 3:30pm
Riverside Presbyterian Church - 3400 N Atlantic Ave Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
SUGGESTED DONATION OF $20
Enping Zhang, piano
Natalie Mastali, voice
Sofia Bordner, voice
Monet Jowers, french horn
Eunie Bae, flute
Isaac Moorman, cello
Cole George, bassoon
Brenton Zhang, cello
Caspian Chaharom, cello & piano
Max Reed, clarinet
Mircea Silaghi, piano
Aaron Collins, emcee
Amy Cofield, judge
George Weremchuk, judge
Joni Roos, judge
Your Space Coast Symphony partners with the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard and Riverside Presbyterian Church to present the 10th Annual Brevard's Got Music Talent, a concert series that showcases the incredibly talented and accomplished young finalists. This thrilling program will feature eleven amazing musicians including Enping Zhang, Max Reed, Isaac Moorman, Caspian Chaharom, Brenton Zhang, Mircea Silaghi, Cole George, Sofia Bordner, Eunie Bae, Natalie Mastali, and Monet Jowers. Composers included on this concert include Dvorak, Strauss, Weber, Reinhold, Haydn, Bozza, Schumann, Chaminade, Elgar, Rachmaninoff, Menotti, and Aherns. Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners. Last years winner, pianist Nailah Clarke will also perform on the program. Aaron Collins will emcee the competition and will be joined by three outstanding judges, Dr. George Weremchuk, Joni Roos, and Amy Cofield. Do not miss this special event!
Isaac Moorman, 16, is a Senior at Satellite High School. He serves as an extra musician for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Isaac grew up with the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard Music on the Hill Music Series that has given him opportunities for his performance in both cello and piano. He has collaborated with the Indialantic Chamber Singers as their cellist. Isaac was invited to perform as a soloist with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra twice, performing the Kabalevsky Piano Concerto in 2013 and the Elgar Cello Concerto in 2019. He has also performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Municipal Band in 2013, and with the Central Florida Winds in 2018. Isaac is also a member of numerous community organizations in Brevard County such as the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, the principal cellist for the Riverside Chamber Orchestra and the Central Florida Winds, the Melbourne Municipal Band, Quartet Movement Ensembles, as well as the principal cellist for the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is the principal cellist for the Satellite Chamber Orchestra, the Satellite Symphonic Orchestra, and the Satellite Drama Department’s Pit orchestra, and the Satellite Marching Band Strings Front Ensemble. During his high school years, Isaac has been recognized for his piano and cello achievements and has been a member of the Florida All State Orchestra from 2014 through 2019, the Brevard All County Orchestra as principal cellist from 2014 through 2019, and Florida Orchestra Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival from 2016 through 2019.
He performed in the finalist round for Brevard’s Got Music Talent Competition in 2018 and received 2nd place. Isaac has also participated in the American Protégé Music Competition in which he was able to give a solo performance at Carnegie Hall in 2016. He also took part in the Washington Piano Festival Competition at which he auditioned to be able to perform as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in 2011. Isaac has also performed in the Space Coast Pops Young Artist Competition 2011 and the St. Petersburg Sonata-Sonatina Piano Competition in 2011. During free time, Isaac volunteers to help younger cellists at the Satellite Summer String Camp, the DeLaura Summer String Camp, and the Spessard Holland Elementary Orchestra Classes. He enjoys performing for numerous non-profit organizations for their special events and collaborated with The Children Hunger Project, Melbourne Downtown Festival, The Haven for Children, The Candlelighters, Delta Kappa Gamma for Educators, The Brevard Alzheimer’s Club, and The Henegar Center. Isaac has attended the University of Florida Piano Summer Festival, the Washington Piano International Festival at Catholic University, the Brevard Chamber Music Seminar, the Aria Summer International Music Academy studying with Mihai Tetel, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival studying with Sarah Kim and Alan Rafferty. Isaac has also been under the tutelage of Dr. Felix Wang and Si Yan Darren Li. Isaac has studied piano with Irina Wolynez during his high school years and has been in the cello studio of Mrs. Joan Markstein since the 4th grade. Isaac plans to study cello performance at a music conservatory school starting in the Fall of 2019.
Caspian Chaharom is originally from Boston and is a 17 year old junior at Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School. He has been playing piano since first grade and cello since third grade. Since he moved to Cocoa Beach in 2014, he has been studying piano with Mrs. Irina Wolynez and cello with Mrs. Joan Markstein.
He plays cello in the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra, is principal cellist in his school chamber orchestra, has played in various quartets and the Brevard All County Orchestra. He has also played piano for the District Honor's Recital, various fundraising events, and accompaniments. His main interests other than music includes mathematics and physics.
Cole George is a junior in the Academy of Fine Arts at Satellite High School. As a musician, he started on the cello in fifth grade and added the bassoon in seventh grade. In ninth grade, he made the decision to pursue the bassoon. He has been playing the bassoon for 5 years and has studied privately for 4 years under Michael Sperr. He also studies with Gabriel Bergeron-Langlois when time permits. Cole is principal bassoonist for the Satellite High Symphonic Orchestra, Satellite High Wind Ensemble, and Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition, he is Lead Alto-Sax in the Satellite High Jazz Orchestra and is a member of the Satellite High Marching Scorpions. Cole was the principal bassoonist in the 2019 Florida All-State Symphonic Band and the 2019 Brevard All-County Orchestra. Additionally, in 2018 he participated in the Florida All-State Concert Orchestra and the Brevard All-County Orchestra, both as principal chair. He was a member of the Brevard All-County Band from 2016-2017. Just recently, Cole won an opportunity to perform in the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Concert. In 2018, he was the winner of the Young Artist Soloist Competition at Stetson University Double Reed Workshop and The Creative Young Artist Concerto Competition.After completing high school, his goal is to study at a conservatory majoring in bassoon performance. From here, Cole wants to be a member of a large orchestra and to work in his community and give back through teaching and offering private lessons. In his spare time, he likes to hang out with his family and friends.
Maxwell Reed is a Viera High School Junior who has been playing the Clarinet since he was about 10 years old. Throughout middle school, he continued to learn the art of Clarinet as well the Tenor Saxophone in the school Jazz Band. In high school, Max has continued to develop his sound as well as his love for music. During his sophomore year, he made the Brevard All County High School Concert Band on Clarinet as well as the All County High School Jazz Band on Tenor Saxophone. This year, Max was the Principal Clarinet in the Brevard All County High School Orchestra. In addition to this honor, he is also the Principal Clarinet in Viera High's Wind Ensemble. Max is also a two-year member of the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Mark Nelson and Carey Moorman, formally known as the Creative Young Artists Foundation. He has also been taking lessons with instructor and mentor Robin Ryon for approximately two years. After high school, Max plans to continue his study of music and earn a degree in music theory and composition. When he is not practicing, Max likes to spend his time composing music, hanging out with his two brothers Alex and Jaxon, or spending time in the woods with his Boy Scout troop.
Eunie Bae started playing the flute five years ago and since then, was involved in many orchestras, including Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and San Diego Youth Symphony orchestra. Currently, Bae is a part of the Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band at Eau Gallie High School and takes lessons with Dr. Nora Lee Garcia, a UCF flute professor.
Bae attended All State band her sophomore and junior year. In addition, she was a principal flute in Brevard All County Orchestra when she was a sophomore. She plays the flute and will continue to do so because it is a powerful way to express herself and she wants to share the joy of playing music. Her future ambition is to inspire and comfort those who are listening to her music.
Mircea came to the United States from Switzerland in 2002, two months after his birth. Music has always been a major part of his life. Encouraged by parents and siblings, he began studying the piano in 3rd grade with Mrs. Irina Wolynetz. She was able to inspire into him a love for classical music, and now he loves to listen to Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and many others in his free time. Since his siblings also play the piano, he also enjoys playing duets and trios, for example playing a duet with his brother Viorel at the 2018 FSMTA District 5 Honors recital. Besides playing the piano, Mircea loves studying physics, mathematics, and other related fields, as well as participating in competitions for these subjects, but he also loves to hike in the mountains, especially back in his birthplace of Switzerland.
Sofia Bordner is a 14-year-old 9th grade student at Viera High School. She comes from a military family, and this past summer, she relocated from Maryland to the Melbourne area due to her father’s most recent posting with the Air Force. Sofia has loved singing and performing ever since she was a toddler, and as a result, she has been in over 2 dozen community theater musical productions since the age of three. She has most recently played the roles of Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and Young Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde at The Henegar Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Melbourne. Some of Sofia’s favorite past roles include: Annie in Annie the Musical, Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., Jane Banks in Mary Poppins, Brigitta in The Sound of Music, and Winnie Foster in the National Community Theater debut of Tuck Everlasting the Musical.
Sofia started taking voice lessons at the age of eight with a musical theater teacher in Dayton, Ohio, and she has spent the past two years taking lessons from a classically trained university professor in Maryland. Her current vocal instructor is on staff at the University of Central Florida’s Musical Theater Department.
Sofia constantly strives to better her craft. Two summers ago, she auditioned for and was accepted into a summer intensive with the Broadway Artist Alliance in New York City, where she had the opportunity to train with Broadway Stars, Directors and Choreographers. The intensive was expensive and to help defray the costs her parents had to pay, she started her own business of making necklaces. In the end, she managed to pay her entire tuition bill for the summer intensive on her own—over $1,300! Last April, she auditioned for another opportunity in New York City, and once again, was selected to attend. She was one of 60 children from across the country hand-selected to perform at Carnegie Hall with the New York City Pop Orchestra and Camp Broadway in an event honoring Alan Menken. In the future, Sofia is looking forward to attending college to earn a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theater, and she hopes to one day perform on Broadway.
Monet Jowers is a junior at Timber Creek High School with a passion for music and a keen interest in science. She has been a Florida All-State Band member for five consecutive years, and was principal horn of the 9-10 Concert Band in 2018. Monet’s French horn, lovingly christened Hubert Sibelius, has been a major part of her life since seventh grade.
Having studied piano for twelve years, Monet has delved into more piano performance opportunities recently, including Kinhaven’s Senior Session for the past two summers (2017-2018), winning her high school’s Concerto Competition (Grieg Piano Concerto), and being chosen as a semi-finalist for the Ocala Symphony Young Artist Competition (2018). In January 2019, she was selected to participate in the Florida All-State Symphonic Band as their pianist. Monet was especially excited to be a featured young artist with the Space Coast Symphony, performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.
In her eighth grade year, Monet won the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair Grand Award for biology, and now hopes to compete in the senior division for her last year of high school. She looks forward to pursuing a career in molecular biology alongside piano or horn studies with a dual degree track in college.
Natalie Mastali, 15, is a freshman at Dr. Phillips High School in the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet. She found her passion for music when she was twelve years old. Natalie takes voice lessons with Theresa Leigh-Smith and is a resident member of Four Counts, the premier performing arts group of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Recently, Natalie took first place for her age division in both classical and musical theater at the Central Florida NATS competition. She plans to attend college and receive a degree in vocal performance. Natalie aspires to pursue a career in opera.
Acclaimed by the Celebration Foundation as “exceptionally talented”, cellist Brenton Zhang has performed in various capacities across three continents. Since 2016, he has been principal cellist of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Symphonic Orchestra and the Winter Park High School Philharmonic Orchestra. Following his solo debut with orchestra at the age of 14, Brenton has been a winner of the Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Florida Federation of Music Clubs Senior Cello Concerto Competition; additionally, he was the first recipient of the Richard Lorleberg Memorial Cello Award in 5 years. In both 2017 and 2018, he was the only cellist selected from the state of Florida to participate in the NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra, as well as the top-ranking cellist and 2nd place winner in the MTNA Senior Strings Competition. Notably, he was a first-place winner in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition of 2019. This summer, Brenton will be undertaking a fellowship at the Kennedy Center’s National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.
Brenton, an alumnus of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, began his cello studies at the age of eight, and he currently studies privately with David Bjella. He has previously collaborated with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma and David Charles Abell. His past teachers include Mihail Jojatu of the Boston Symphony, Hyun-Ji Kwon, Si-Yan Li, Greg Beaver, and Tracy Sands.
Born in Chicago and growing up on the oceanfront in Florida, Enping Zhang is a lovely sixth grade girl from Melbourne, Florida. She begins her exciting and colorful journey of piano music with Mrs. Ann Rosen at the age of 6.
Her passion for piano grows since and her hard work has led her to this exciting competition. She is also a winner of the third place in the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music in 2017.