Two YOBC students were selected as soloists, from twelve highly qualified contenders in this year’s Concerto Competition which was held in June 2018. Congratulations to Isaac Ossenberg (clarinet) and Gabriel Wingert (cello) who will play at an upcoming YOBC concert this season.
Gabriel Wingert is a Senior at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, PA. He is principal cellist in YOBC (Youth Orchestra of Bucks County) Symphony Orchestra, the 2018 Spain Tour, and a member of the 2016 France Tour and Honors String Quartet. This is Gabriel’s 7th year with YOBC since starting in Concertino. Outside of Bucks County, Gabriel is a cello student at Temple University Music Prep Center for Gifted Young Musicians (CGYM), where he was co-principal of Chamber Players Orchestra, and plays in two string quartets. His teacher is Rachel Freivogel, of the Jasper String Quartet. He has also studied with Karen Meier, Sarah Yoon, and Charles Forbes. Gabriel has played in master classes at YOBC, Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) with Hai Ye Ni, principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and at Temple University Music Prep CGYM, with Ulrich Boeckheler, principal cellist of the Philly Pops. He has played for his schools’ orchestras and their select and chamber orchestras, and in the BCMEA orchestra. Gabriel has achieved First Class Honors in The Royal Conservatory, where he is at Level 10 cello, and Level 9 piano. He has been studying piano with his mother, Angelica Wingert, since he was five. Apart from music, Gabriel has been Class President every year since 9th grade, Captain of the swim team, Officer of Science Research Club, and won awards or scholarships at science fairs, national history competitions, and swimming. He is also in National Honor Society, volunteers at Doylestown Hospital, lifeguards, and teaches swimming. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his friends and his family.
Ike Osenberg is a senior at the George School. He began playing the clarinet at the age of nine, as part of his school’s band, and began studying with Beth Vilsmeier at ten, joining YOBC the following year. Along with the clarinet, Ike plays the occasional bass clarinet with YOBC and with his school’s ensemble, as well as the alto saxophone in the Straight Ahead Big Band, George School’s play-in jazz band. Outside of YOBC, Ike enjoys singing and musical theatre, and studies voice with Kevin Deas. Ike has sung in George School’s Community Chorus for the past three years, and has performed in the school’s productions of Les Misérables, Godspell, and Rent. Ike also composed an original work for George School’s winter performance of “The Laramie Project,” and regularly arranges pieces for the school’s Arts Block Ensemble. He has participated in both BCMEA’s District 11 Band and Chorus. Ike has also played in the past three YOBC international tours: Italy in 2014, France in 2016, and Spain this past summer. In his spare time, Ike participates in George School’s Cross Country team, and is the leader of the George School Tabletop Club. Ike plans to continue playing the clarinet after high school and would like to thank YOBC and Beth Vilsmeier (and his parents!) for allowing him these opportunities.