Meet the Concerto Soloists
Three YOBC students were selected as soloists, from seven highly qualified contenders in this year’s Concerto Competition which was held in June 2017. Congratulations to Daniel Han (violin), Rachel Schodowski (marimba), and Audrie Przybylski (violin) who will play at an upcoming YOBC concert this season.
Daniel Han, violin
YOBC Symphony Orchestra, November 19, 2017 – W. A. Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3
Daniel Han is a senior at Council Rock High School North. He first started playing the violin at the age of six with Carol Kiefer. After learning the basics and fundamentals of the instrument under the Suzuki method, he studied under Joan Cordas and Carmina Gagliardi, learning music theory and harmony. He has now participated in BCMEA festivals and PMEA Districts and Regional festivals during middle school and high school. At Council Rock North as concertmaster he started and has led an honors string quartet for the past three years. He currently receives lessons from Joyce Lin. Daniel joined the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County in 2010 when he was in fifth grade and has been a member of the Symphony Orchestra since 2012 as well as the Honors String Quartet since 2016.
Rachel Schodowski, Marimba
YOBC Fanfare Winds, April 29, 2018 – Paul Creston – Concertino for Marimba & Band
Rachel Schodowski is a junior at Neshaminy High School and has been involved with YOBC for six years. She started playing percussion with her school band when she was nine and began taking lessons with Randy Rudolph two years later. With YOBC, Rachel started in Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble, moving through Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, and now performing in both Fanfare Winds and Symphony Orchestra. Rachel has been principal percussionist in each ensemble since the age of 13. She has taken part in YOBC’s 2016 tour of France and will be touring again this year to Spain. During her final year with YOBC, Rachel will be continuing to intern with the Wind Ensemble mentoring the younger percussion students.
Rachel is also a member of the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony, plays tenors in the drum line of the NHS marching band, and performs with her high school wind ensemble. She is trained in all percussion instruments but her favorites are marimba, tenors, and timpani. In her spare time, Rachel can be found studying, running winter/spring varsity track, hanging out with friends, or volunteering at various local organizations.
Rachel plans to major in neural engineering in college and would like to keep music in her life through college bands, chamber ensembles, and return visits to YOBC.
Audrie Przybylski, Violin
YOBC Philharmonia, November 18, 2017 – Charles-Auguste de Beriot – Violin Concerto No. IX
Audrie Przybylski is a senior at CB West High School. She has been playing the violin for 12 years and studying under Lee Snyder for the last seven years. Audrie has been a leader in her school orchestras and select ensembles. She joined YOBC in her sophomore year, and has participated in the Symphony Orchestra. Audrie has been both a first violin and principal second violin during her years at YOBC. Audrie went on YOBC’s summer tour of France in 2016, and found it to be a very enjoyable and musical experience. She is also performing in the “Beatles vs Rolling Stones – A Musical Showdown” concert at the Keswick Theatre on August 18.
Playing the violin has made Audrie someone who can appreciate all types of music. She enjoys picking up other instruments and has sung in her school’s choir. Audrie and her sister Nadia (cello) also play their instruments at weddings, funerals and other events. While music will always be part of her life, Audrie plans on majoring in biology or animal science in college. She would like to thank YOBC for giving her many opportunities these last three years.