St. Francis High School sophomore Serena Harnack was one of 12 students nationwide invited to participate in the 2014 Brian Lewis Young Artist Program which is being held June 22- July 3 in Ottawa, Kansas. Through this free program, Serena will receive private instruction, time to rehearse with the orchestra, and the opportunity to perform solo with the Ottawa Chamber Symphony.
Serena’s audition was a DVD recording of her performing a Tchaikovsky Concerto movement, a Bach Solo, and a Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy Showpiece. Together with her application, list of studies, and a letter of recommendation from her private instructor, the audition was judged on a number of criteria as well as overall musicianship. Her admission to this program was highly selective.
Serena was invited and also attended this program both in 2010 and 2011. She studied at Chautauqua, NY in 2012 and 2013.