A Celebration of Youth

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

First Baptist Church of Worcester
111 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609

This concert which will be free and open to the public,
will feature the winners from the six categories of our Classical Idol Competition.


Mädchenlied by Brahms
An die Nachtigall by Brahms
Come Ready and See Me by Hundley
Seashore Girls by Hundley

Kerrigan Bigelow, soprano

Piano Sonata in F major Hob. XVI:23 by Haydn
Etude in C# minor, op. 10, no. 4 by Chopin

Andrew Lefferts, piano

Warum sind denn di Rosen so blaß by Felix Mendelssohn
Frülingsglaube by Felix Mendelssohn
Let My Song Fill Your Heart by Ernest Charles
When I Have Sung My Songs by Ernest Charles

Yimeng An, soprano

Variations on a Theme of Corelli by Kreisler
Nocturne and Tarantella, op. 28 by Szymanowski

Joe MacDonald, violin

Chanson Triste by Duparc
Lamento by Duparc
Phidylé by Duparc

Travis Benoit, tenor



Yimeng An, soprano, who is a voice major at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, studies with Angela Gooch. She also participates in the Youth Chorale at New England Conservatory Prep. She is originally from China and came to the U.S when she was 16. She had won Honorable Mention Award at NATS Boston competition and 2nd Place at Worcester Schubertiade Classical Idol Competition at 2017. Yimeng has participated in six Voice Department Recitals, two Duet Voice recitals and two Staged Operas, called Sing On! (Opera in two one-acts ) and e Finishing School at Walnut Hill. She has also attended the Young Artist Vocal program of Curtis Summerfest and BU Tanglewood Institute, where she sang in the Fairies’ Chorale of A Midsummer Night's Dream with BSO during the summer of 2017. 


Travis Benoit, tenor, is a voice student of Heidi Clark and currently a senior at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. This past summer Travis was accepted to "Classical Singing and New York in June" a vocal intensive in Manhattan, NY.  There he sang in master classes for Juilliard vocal faculty for three weeks. That same summer Travis performed in ten shows, over the course of three months, with "The College Light Opera Company" in Falmouth, Massachusetts. In March of 2017 Travis won his College's Concerto competition, which gave him a 15-minute performance with the Gordon Symphony Orchestra. There he performed three Mozart Concert Arias. 


Soprano Kerrigan Bigelow who is 16 years old, lives in North Andover, Massachusetts and has been singing since she was five. As well as singing, she plays the piano and the organ. She is the assistant music minister to the two youth choirs, The Angel Choir and The St. Cecilias in Christ Church, Andover. Kerrigan is a high school soloist for the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. Because of this, she now studies with her primary teacher D’Anna Fortunato. Other teachers and influences include Courtney Huffman, Angela Gooch, and Barbara Bruns. Some achievements included being a semifinalist for the Classical Singer Competition in (2016), fourth place in the New York Lyric Opera Competition (2016), third place in the Schmidt Competition in Washington DC (2017), second place in NATS Boston (2017), second place and top female high school vocalist for the Classical Singer Competition (2017),  and first place in the NEC’s Baroque Aria Competition (2017). Recently, Kerrigan participated in the Washington National Youth Opera program as well as the Cremona Music Festival in Italy. 


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Andrew Lefferts, piano, is eighteen years old and has been studying piano since he was six at Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester with Inna Muravnik. He is the seventh of eight children who are all homeschooled. He has performed at First Night Worcester, was a member of the Worcester Children's Chorus in 2016-2017 and the featured pianist in the Worcester Youth Orchestra's Performance of Haydn's Piano Concerto in D major Hob. XVIII: 11 in 2016. Andrew hopes to attend conservatory in the fall. Worcester Schubertiade's Classical Idol Competition was the first competition he has won and he is very happy and excited to be performing in their Celebration of Youth Concert.


Joe MacDonald is fourteen years old, and began studying violin with Fudeko Takahashi at age six. He has received many awards including first prize in the 2014 and 2015 Roman Totenberg Competition, first prize in the 2015 NEC Concerto Competition, first prize in the Waltham Philharmonic Concerto Competition 2017, and was State winner in the 2017 MTNA Competition. He has appeared as a soloist at NEC Jordan Hall and at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. This year, Joe will be appearing as a soloist to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major Op.35 with the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra. Last year, he was the youngest member of the BU Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra. Joe has been a co-concertmaster since 2016 and an honors chamber player of the premier orchestra in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. He is currently a freshman in the Commonwealth School in Boston.