This past year she played in the Roanoke Youth Symphony String Ensemble under the direction of Michelle Smith Johnson. She has performed at the Taubman Museum of Art, Chantilly Farm in Floyd Co., Elmwood Park for the Strawberry Festival and also for Symphony Under the Stars. Cheyenne enjoys playing classical, bluegrass and old time fiddle. This year she placed in multiple fiddling contests around Virginia and North Carolina, including her third place win in bluegrass fiddle at the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention (youth category). She is also very active in the JAM program (Junior Appalachian Musicians) in Franklin County, VA. She was very honored to attend a workshop this summer with Mark and Maggie O’Connor. She says her most exciting achievement this past year was taking her ASTACAP exam and passing with distinction and honors.
Elijah is playing Sonata in C major J.B. Breval, the Allegro
Elijah Rosborough first met his teacher, Lisa LIske-Doorandish at Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp. After moving to Blacksburg over three years ago, he has the privilege of studying with Lisa who inspires Elijah to use his imagination and creativity in his music. Elijah is a fifth grader at Valley Classical School in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Heather will be playing Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa:4. by F. J. Haydn (1732-1809) and Partita for Solo Violin No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 byJ. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Violinist, Heather Blake, studies violin under the direction of Benedict Goodfriend (Kadinsky Trio. In the past, she has also studied with Roanoke Symphony violinists, Vladimir Kromin and Kevin Matheson. Early studies included private instruction from the College of William and Mary violin Professor, Peter Dundon and enrollment at the Floyd Music School. Heather is a member in good standing of the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra and is teaching violin lessons at the June Bug Center for the Arts in Floyd.
She has attended Summer Music Institutes hosted by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and numerous masterclasses and workshops with professional musicians from around the nation. Recently, she attended a masterclass held by the Madison Quartet where she was described as a “lively and a passionate violinist.”
Additionally, she has been first chair in district and regional ensembles as well as eligibility for All-Virginia Band and Orchestra. She has played 1st violin in numerous chamber groups across the east coast. This summer, she attended workshops and camps including one with esteemed fiddler and violinists, Mark and Maggie O’Connor. In addition, she attended Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Strings Intensive (led by Europe’s top violin teacher, Ida Bieler) and the Philadelphia International Music Festival (held by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Heather plans to pursue a career doing what she loves most, violin performance.
Heather is also a board member of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival.
Shepard is playing Minuet 2 by J.S. Bach
Shepard Rosborough is delighted to play the cello with his brother Elijah and his friends at Community Cello Works under Lisa Liske-Doorandish. Lisa has instilled in Shepard the wonder of music and magically makes the routine of regular practice fun. Shepard is a second grader at Valley Classical School in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Simran is playing the 1st Movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto.
Simran Rosborough first started on the violin with Ale Schneider Leupold, who went on to found the Animato Suzuki Studio in Annapolis, Maryland. Ale’s methodical approach to teaching fit Simran well and prepared her to transition to Sarah Johnson in Belews Creek, North Carolina. Simran describes Mrs. Johnson as a violin wizard, who after a moment of consideration, is able to decipher any difficulty Simran brings to her. Simran is a Sophomore at Wilson Hill Academy.