Orchestra of Northern New York announces winners of annual Young Artist Competition
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 5:39 am

From left, are Kenneth Andrews, music director, Orchestra of Northern New York with violinist Carole Wilay, Carthage Central High School; oboist Daniel Severtson, Parishville-Hopkinton Central High School; and pianist Peter Spinellil, Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Kenneth Andrews | ONNY

POTSDAM – The Orchestra of Northern New York has announced the winners of its annual Young Artist Competition for High School students held at the Crane School of Music recently.

A sophomore at Carthage Central High School, Carole Wilay, 15, won the competition.

She will receive the $500 first prize and solo with the North Country's only year-round professional symphony orchestra when ONNY presents the Harry Potter Spectacular concert on Saturday, March 23 at JCC's Sturtz Theater in Watertown, and on Sunday, March 24 at SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall.

She is the violin student of Agnes McCarthy, Watertown, and John Lindsey, Potsdam, both of whom teach at Trillium Music Center and perform with ONNY.

She is the daughter of Douglas and Hoyoung Wilay, Black River.

Parishville-Hopkinton junior Daniel Severtson, 16, took second place, a $300 prize, for his performance on oboe. He studies oboe with Dr. Anna Hendrickson at the Crane School of Music. Mr. Severtson played oboe in the NYS Band Directors Association Honor Band in 2018 and 2019.

He is the son of Kirk and Josie Severtson, Potsdam.

Third place went to Peter Spinelli, 18, a senior at Fayetteville-Manlius School. A student of piano for the last 15 years, he has studied with John Spradling for the past 12 years. He will receive $150.

He is the son of Stephen and Pauline Spinelli, Manlius.

ONNY's Young Artist Competition was established in 2007 for talented high school students in Northern New York. Its mission is to inspire young musicians to reach their highest level of artistry.

For more information about next year's competition to be held in February 2020, contact ONNY at 315-267-3251.