Orchestra ‘Young Artist’ winners selected

The Desert Community Orchestra Association announced that violinist Clare Hatter and cellist Emma Heflin are the winners of this year’s Young Artist competition.

“These talented young musicians will be featured with the Desert Community Orchestra in their final concert of the season,” said a spokesperson. The orchestra will perform under the direction of Robert Martinez on Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at Burroughs High School Parker Performing Art Center.

The orchestra will accompany the young musicians in their performances.

Clare, age 20, is the daughter of Mark Hatter and Laura Olinger. She has been playing violin since she was 18 months old. She was trained by her mother until she was 12, when she started studying with Shirley Helmick.

At age 15, Clare began her studies with Scott Hosfeld and Maria Newman. She has played with orchestras such as the Eastern Sierra Summer Symphony Orchestra, Sierra Summer Festival Orch-estra, Desert Community Orchestra and Ridgecrest Chamber Orchestra.

Clare is a founding member of the Malibu Coast Honor String Quartet Scholarship in which she has held the first violin position for the past four years.

She has received honorary scholarships to attend music summer institutions such as Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Institute, San Luis Obispo Student Symphony Workshop and Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra Workshop.

In the Young Artist concert, Clare will be the violin soloist playing for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Opus 64.

Emma Heflin, age 17, is the daughter of Keith and Debra Heflin. She is a senior at Burroughs High School and plays first cello in the BHS orchestra. She has played in her school orchestra since 6th grade and has been taking private lessons with Laura Olinger for the past four years.

She attended Arrowbear Music Camp for four years, participated in the Summer Strings Workshop for two years and the Ridgecrest Chamber Orchestra for one year.

She has also been in the pit orchestra for the BHS “Suessical” show.

In the April concert, Emma will be the cello soloist playing Kol Nidrei, Opus 46, by Max Bruch.

The public is invited to attend the concert and celebrate the musical talent of our local youth.

Story First Published: 2017-03-24