14 Year Old Violinist Highlighted At Next Fox Valley Orchestra Concert, “Beethoven Brilliance”

Young Serena as a featured soloist

Violinist, Serena Harnack, 14, has been studying and playing the violin for 10 years. Her teachers are Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee in The Academy; the elite training program for young musicians within the Music Institute of Chicago. An avid performer, Serena has swept nearly every young artist competition in the Chicagoland area as a top prize winner. She was highlighted in a solo performance on WFMT 98.7 FM in 2010 as an artist on the Introductions program, which highlights extraordinary pre-college talent. Her recent performance with the Oistrach Symphony was also broadcast on WFMT last summer, and her performance with Generation Next will be broadcast soon. In addition to her solo performing, she is an active ensemble player having been accepted into the Youth Symphony of DuPage at the tender age of 8. By age 10, she was the Concertmistress of the Preparatory Orchestra, and by age 11 she had advanced to the Symphony Orchestra becoming its youngest member. She has competed in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in the group Trio Giocoso in 2012 and 2013, and has participated in master classes and performance camps with violin and fiddle luminaries such as Rachel Barton-Pine, Mark O’Connor and many others. Serena is not only a classical musician, she is also active with the Plank Road Folk Music Society, plays the electric violin, studies viola, flute, and piano, is a member of the Marching Band and sings in her school’s choir. In her spare time, she also enjoys cheerleading and playing with her two rescue cats. She is a freshman at St. Francis College Prep in Wheaton.

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