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Hudson's Giovanelli To Perform At Carnegie Hall

December 4, 1998

By Mary Sandelands
UW-RF News Bureau

At the young age of 19, Sara Giovanelli of Hudson will soon realize a dream that many musicians will pursue-but never reach: She will be performing at Carnegie Hall.

A sophomore music education major at UW-River Falls, Giovanelli has been selected to play the French horn with the National Youth Orchestra in New York City in January.

"I will just play the best that I can," she says of the honor.

The invitational is coordinated by Midamerica Productions in New York, and marks the first time Giovanelli participated in a national competition.

Giovanelli submitted an audition tape with letters of recommendation from UW-RF horn Professor Robert Brownlow and from University Orchestra conductor Professor Kristin Tjornehoj.

"I was surprised. I didn't think that I was going to win," says Giovanelli.

Giovanelli is shy when speaking of her talent; but she is excited by the opportunity this will represent for her musical growth. "I want to come back more musically oriented and more challenged."

Some 90 students from around the nation were chose from 350 auditions.

In New York the students will audition with the Manhattan Philharmonic for specific performance assignments and work under the direction of Lucas Foss.

They will rehearse for four days, with the concert at 8 p.m. on Jan. 18.

The concert includes all four movements of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6., also known as Symphonie Pathetique.

Giovanelli has played the horn for nine years, with a list of accomplishments that includes receiving 14 first place scores at the Wisconsin high school Solo/Ensemble Competitions. She also has performed with the All State Band at Stevens Point, the Indian Head Honors Band at Eau Claire, and her Medford Area High School pep band and marching band.

At UW-RF, Giovanelli performs with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Orchestra, and she is a member of the musical arts committee.

UW-RF's Brownlow says his student brings a natural talent to her playing. Brownlow says he is impressed by Giovanelli's continuous practicing and her efforts at seeking new musical challenges.

"Teachers always like to take credit for a student like her, but unfortunately we can't," says Brownlow.

"We are very, very proud of Sara," adds conductor Tjornehoj.

Music is no stranger to the Giovanelli household. Both her mother and father come from musically inclined families and her two younger sisters also play instruments.

At Medford Area Senior High, Giovanelli studied with high school band director Henry Clark.

"I think that if I had not loved band as much as I did under Mr. Clark, I would not be in this major," says Giovanelli.

While at Medford she was named to The Top 25 Program, which recognizes band members for their involvement with different ensembles.

Giovanelli plans to use her education and experiences to become an assistant band director at either a high school or a middle school. Eventually she hopes to go on to graduate school.

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