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Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra Presents
The Soloist:
New England
Concerto Competition 2013


Joan Landry, Associate Conductor and Education Music Director of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra (CCSO), helped create and now leads the Cape Cod Symphony Youth Orchestra, an education/performance program that brings talented young musicians together to perform symphonic music under the direction of professional conductors, musicians and educators. She served as Assistant Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony and Associate Conductor for the Honolulu Symphony. Landry received a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and both a Masters Degree and Artists Diploma from The Hartt School in Connecticut for Orchestral Conducting. She has also guest conducted the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Springfield Symphony and serves as cover conductor with the Boston Pops.

Royston Nash served as the Conductor and Music Director of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years. A charismatic leader and beloved ambassador to the Cape Cod community, Nash challenged both orchestra and audience with diverse and formidable programming during his tenure. Nash studied at the Royal Academy of Music, served as Captain in the Royal Marines and continued his career as conductor of the famed D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in London. He has toured with Montavani, guest conducted with the Lyric Opera in Boston and made eight recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He was founder, Music Director and Conductor of Symphony by the Sea and Music Director and Conductor of the Nashua Symphony Orchestra. A native of Bournemouth, England, Royston resides on Cape Cod with his family.

Stephanie Weaver, Managing Director of the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music and Arts (CCCMA) has helped make the arts more accessible to students of all ages and the Conservatory a continual source of inspiration in the community. She has enhanced the curriculum with the addition of the Youth Orchestra Program and expanded Early Childhood music and art enrichment. Weaver served as the Executive Director of the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts and has served on the faculties of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University and Concordia University. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and literature from the University of Western Ontario and her Doctor of Musical Arts, also in piano performance and literature, from Michigan State University. Weaver regularly performs as a concert pianist.

Cheryl Willoughby is Music Director of WGBH Classical New England and oversees all classical music programming for the Boston public radio station. She recently worked at Vermont Public Radio, where she served as Music Director and Director of Programming for VPR Classical helping shepherd the station through their split into two distinct music formats. She has a long history in classical music and public radio, beginning as on-air talent and producer at KUNC-FM in Northern Colorado. She joined KUSC-FM in Los Angeles as its Music Director where she created compelling and meaningful programming for the Classical Public Radio Network. She is a former horn player and holds a BA degree from the School of the Performing and Visual Arts of Northern Colorado.  Her most memorable concert? “The Los Angeles Opera’s 2001 production of Schoenberg’s opera Moses und Aron – a disturbing, stunning and an unforgettably riveting experience.”

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Competition Timeline
December 1, 2012
Eight (8) Semi-Finalists Announced

March 2, 2013
Live! Semi-Finals

March 5-12, 2013
Online! Semi Finalist Videos & Voting
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March 15, 2013
Finalists Announced

May 4 & 5, 2013
Live! The Finals
The top three (3) finalists are the guest artists in our final Classics concert of the season.  The audience alone will determine who will be the next symphony star: The Soloist. Purchase your tickets today!


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