Young Artists Spotlight

Thursday at 8:00 PM beginning in March

This unique program presents performances by talented young student musicians and performers from our six county broadcast area. Valley Public Radio's David Aus hosts the program, which returns in 2021 on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m.beginning March 18, 2021.

Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation and the California Arts Council's Arts in Public Media grant. 

2020 Originally Scheduled Lineup:

2/5/2020 - Fresno area string soloists: Hasina Torres, cello; Anjeli Macaranas, violin; Izzy Knittle, violin
2/12/2020 - Fresno State instrumental soloists: Amanda Steinhauer, xylophone; Robert Bennett - clarinet; and Arianna Knee, flute
2/19/2020 - Fresno State vocal soloists Jordan Pulido, Aunika Bull, Katie La Blue

2/26/2020 - Free26 String quartet
3/4/2020 - Bakersfield string quartet
3/11/2020 - Glacier Point Chamber Choir
3/18/2020 - Central Unified Guitars - canceled due to COVID-19
3/25/2020 - String quartet Bakersfield - canceled due to COVID-19
4/1/2020 - North HS Vocal Group Bakersfield - canceled due to COVID-19
4/8/2020 - Pianists Anna Jian, April Park, Neil Xu from Bakersfield - canceled due to COVID-19
4/15/2020 - Woodwind Quintet - Bakersfield - canceled due to COVID-19
4/22/2020 - Brass Quintet - Bakersfield - canceled due to COVID-19
4/29/2020 Rio Vista choir, Central USD Fresno - canceled due to COVID-19

 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we feature a performance by the Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers. Director Christopher Borges leads the group in performances of material ranging from the medieval choral music to contemporary pop songs. 

Selections:

Dixit Maria, by Hans Leo Hassler (1562-1612)

A un giro sol, by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Sweet Day, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Estrela e lua nova (arr. Heitor Villa-Lobos)

White Winter Hymnal (pop song)

Just the Way You Are (girls’ group Valentine gram)

David Aus

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance from two classical guitar ensembles from Central Unified School District in Fresno, led by instructor Brian Garcia. He writes this about his students and the guitar program:

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

On the 2017 season debut of FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we hear music from two students from Fresno's University High School, oboe soloist Layla Stefanacci and piano accompanist Mylan Biltz. Layla is a senior at UHS and was selected as a member of the National Honor Orchestra, Principal of the California State Honor Orchestra, Principal of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno and many other accolades as well.  She is currently applying to some of the top music schools in the country. Pianist Mylan Biltz is also a senior at UHS and has been playing piano for 14 years.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

While the official broadcast season of Young Artists Spotlight doesn't begin until February 1st, this week FM89 listeners got a preview of what's to come, with a special performance by the University High School Chamber Choir. The group of 34 talented Fresno-area students joined us, along with conductor Greg Lapp to celebrate the start of FM89's January Membership Campaign. This performance marked two important firsts for the station.

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature performances by three students of local harp instructor Laura Porter. We will hear Aria Delgado, (Sanger Academy); Carter Williams (Fort Washington); Kimberly Klassen,(Kingsburg High) perform in the final Young Artists Spotlight program broadcast from the Bonner Performing Arts Studio.

 

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Violin Soloists

Mar 23, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio / White Ash Broadcasting

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature three talented violin soloists who are all part of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno program. We'll hear performances by: 

Aidan Coleman, 13, violin: Gigue from Veracini Sonata in D Minor 

Emilea Okayasu, 12, violin, Beriot concerto, first movement

Benjamin Pegram, 12, violin: Saint-Saens concerto, first movement

Young Artists Spotlight: Phillip Teng

Mar 16, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature University High School (Fresno) student Phillip Teng. A student of piano instructor Carol Oaks. A gifted pianist Phillip says he hopes to pursue a career in bio-medicine. During his live performance on FM89, he played music by Bach, Chopin and Muczynski. 

Young Artists Spotlight: Lindsay Guitars 2016

Mar 10, 2016
Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

A group of 15 guitarists paid a visit to Young Artist Spotlight this week. The Lindsay High School Guitars, directed by Nancy Wills, is a top-notch group of high school musicians that perform around the region. The group is made up of beginning, intermediate and advanced guitarists. 

   

Bakersfield Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight

Mar 2, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week we feature three soloists from the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing live in the Bonner Performing Arts Studio. This week features harpist Dana Peck performing a piece by Handel; Garces High senior Johann Palo performing a piece by Stravinsky for solo clarinet; and Stockdale High freshman pianist Isaac Kim performing works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

 Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature two piano soloists from Bakersfield's Warren Junior High School, Anjolie Doan and Anna Jian. Both are students of piano instructor Bonnie Bogle Farrer.

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This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature the guitars of Central High School. This talented group of mostly 10th graders is led by instruction Brian Garcia. The students brought us their interpretations of classical and flamenco pieces. Garcia writes the following about his group, which is now in its third year:

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature the talented students of Tulare County. All of the soloists on today's program come to us from the Tulare County Youth Symphony. We hear flute, piano, cello and violin soloists, as well as a flute duo on this broadcast. 

Today's performers:

Anindita Rajasekaran - flute solo

Kiley Greenwood - cello solo

Lana Bidi - piano solo

Ginelle Sunio - violin solo

Ashley Linder & Michaela Almberg - flute duo

Young Artists Spotlight: Keegan Bamford & Emma Hill

Feb 3, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

To begin the 2016 edition of Young Artists Spotlight, we celebrate the majesty of the cello with two talented young musicians. Both Keegan Bamford and Emma Hill are students of Fresno State professor Dr. Thomas Lowenheim and are members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Keegan attends Fresno's University High School, while Emma is studying at Clovis West. They both perform on FM89 with pianist Hatem Nadim.

Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation, Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis. 

Young Artists Spotlight: Lindsay Guitars 2015

Apr 29, 2015
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week we close the 2015 season of Young Artists Spotlight with a performance from the Lindsay Guitars of Lindsay High School in Tulare County. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear performances by Sandro Lado and Tiffanie Trujillo, with their accompanist Dr. Alan Rea. Sandro and Tiffanie were two of the total 11 award winners in this year’s Fresno Musical Club competition. Sandro completed his Master’s degree in Violin Performance at Sacramento State University and has his eye on entrance into a doctoral program — Temple University as first choice. Tiffany graduated early from high school and is now a junior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in Vocal Performance and studying with Dr. Anthony Radford.

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Ensembles Part 3

Apr 16, 2015

This week on FM89's  Young Artists Spotlight we hear more performances from groups associated with the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. As a saxophone quartet, Bach ensemble and trombone choir, Youth Orchestras of Fresno musicians this time included Juliet Fang, her brother Jesse Fang, Larry Zhao and his brother Luke Zhao, Camden Oltjenbruns, Logan Howell, Trevor Van de Velde, Josh Clarin, Ethan Santos, Kabir Khera, Michael Neufeld, Larry Shin and Conner Sanchez.

Samuel Lang on Young Artsits Spotlight 2015

Apr 8, 2015
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance by Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight a performance from five talented soloists from Tulare County.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance by Bakersfield pianist Kelsey Jian. Kelsey Kelsey Jian was born in Lawrence Kansas. She moved to California with her family when she was eleven years old. She has two sisters. Her older sister Stephanie, who is currently studying Optometry at Berkeley, is a phenomenal pianist. Her younger sister Anna is also a talented pianist. Kelsey started taking piano lessons at the age of five and was told that she had perfect pitch.

Visalia Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight - 2015

Mar 12, 2015

This edition of Young Artists Spotlight was pleased to feature musicians from Visalia. And it was mostly a family affair. The group for this live broadcast included 13-year-old twin brothers Trent Andrews, violin, and Marcus Andrews, French horn. Each was accompanied by Brian Johnson.

Then we had 12-year-old Logan Wells, trumpet, and his 10-year-old sister, Bethany Wells, two years into her French horn lessons. The siblings were accompanied by their proud mother, Carrie Wells.

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