DCOA names Young Artist winners

The Desert Community Orchestra Association announced winners from the Young Artist competition, which culminated after auditions last month.

Jordan Walters on French horn and Clare Hatter on violin have been selected to perform with the orchestra during its final concert of the season on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church.

Jordan will perform the Allegro movement of Mozart’s 3rd Concerto for Horn and Orchestra. Clare will perform the third movement of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor.

Applicants had to select significant works to perform with the orchestra, under the direction of Robert Martinez. Each year a committee selects performers to highlight at the DCOA season finale.

Jordan, a 17-year-old junior at Burroughs High School, is the daughter of Stephanie and Milton Walters. She started her musical career playing the clarinet in sixth grade. She loved music so much that she wanted to learn another instrument, but she was scared when her band teacher, Lisa Austin, handed her a big, circular brass instrument to play.

Today she loves the French horn, and playing music has become one of her true passions. Jordan has played french horn in both the Desert Community Orchestra and the Cerro Coso Community College Band. She was awarded a scholarship to attend Wildwood Music Camp three summers. She serves on the BHS band council as the high-brass section leader. She is excited to be learning even more about music and the French horn from her amazing horn coach, Lou Korell, and she appreciates the support of her teachers, friends and family.

Clare, age 22, has been playing the violin since she was 18 months old. She was born and raised in the Owens Valley, the daughter of public school music educators Mark Hatter and Laura Olinger. At age 15 Clare was given the wonderful opportunity to study with Scott Hosfeld and Maria Newman in Malibu.

She has played in orchestras such as the Eastern Sierra Summer Symphony Orchestra, Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, Desert Community Orchestra, Ridgecrest Chamber Orchestra, Westwood Chamber Symphony, Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, CSUN Symphony and American Youth Symphony. She is a founding member of the Malibu Coast Honor String Quartet Scholarship in which she holds the first violin position. Clare now studies with Prof. Lorenz Gamma at California State University Northridge.

At CSUN, she was the Outstanding Sophomore for the academic year of 2017-2018 and has received scholarships such as the Manuel Compinsky Memorial Scholarship, David and Krystyna Newman Violin Scholarship and Kenneth Ullis Memorial Scholarship.

Story First Published: 2019-03-29