Junior Philharmonic Society to display third-generation talent _lowres

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Opera Director's Dinner. Emily Sheets, Debby Wood

A soprano who will perform Sunday at the Junior Philharmonic Society concert at Tulane University represents the third generation of her family to perform in a concert presented by the Junior Philharmonic Society.

Admission is free to the concert at 2 p.m. March 13 in Dixon Hall.

Soprano Emily Sheets, a senior at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, will be one of the 18 young dancers, instrumentalists and vocalists to perform. Her mother, Phyllis Treigle, is a voice teacher at NOCCA and her grandfather, Norman Treigle, was an opera singer. There also will be a performance by soprano Lindsey Nicole Reynolds, also a senior at NOCCA.

Dancers include Maslen L’Esperance, a third-grader at Waldorf School; Norah Harris, a fourth-grader at McGehee School; Emma Grace Madison, a fourth-grader at Lycee Francais; Helena Usey, a sixth-grader at Hynes Charter School; Sofia Bosch, a sixth-grader at Patrick Taylor; Vivian Palmer, a freshman at Dominican High School; Ivy Fitzgerald, a sophomore at Benjamin Franklin High School; Rachel Cicero, a senior at Ursuline Academy; and Virginia Quinlan, a senior at Dominican High School.

Instrumentalists include violinist Claire Min, an eighth-grader at Haynes Academy, as well as pianists Derek Witzig, a seventh-grader at Audubon Charter School; Natalia Timotina, a sophomore at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond; and Jacob Veligan, a graduate student at Tulane University. A trio of instrumentalists — Amanda Lucas, a junior at Mandeville High School/NOCCA, on flute; Logan Lambert, a junior at Haynes Academy/NOCCA on clarinet; and Nicolette Cash, a junior at Benjamin Franklin High School/NOCCA on alto saxophone — will perform.

At the end of the concert, seven outstanding students who performed during the society’s 2015 concerts will be presented special awards. These include: Scholarship Award winners Rory Loo and Nicole Lim (violin and viola); Irving Carr Award winners Cate Tallant and Maci Burt (dancers); John Tobin Award winner Olivia Gilbert (piano); Platzer Award winner Kenneth Schafer, of Baton Rouge (piano); and Emily Friend Bayle Award winner Daniel Lee (piano).

For information about the Junior Philharmonic Society, visit www.jrphilnola.org.