LOMBARD – Montini Catholic High School junior Quincey Trojanowski recently was selected as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America for the 2018 season, according to a Montini news release.
The orchestra showcases the best of the country’s young orchestra players. Each year, it receives auditions from a vast number of musicians, but only a few are chosen, the release stated.
"It feels surreal to have been chosen to play in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America," Trojanowski said in the release. "I was one out of only five bassoonists chosen in the country."
Trojanowski will join the orchestra in residency in New York and perform in a concert July 19 at Carnegie Hall. She will travel to Asia and tour Taiwan, China and South Korea.
The application process included many steps. Trojanowski submitted a brief essay describing her musical life, as well as a video in which she discussed her passions outside of music. She also submitted teacher recommendations and video clips of herself playing the selected audition repertoire, according to the release.
“After submitting everything, I had to wait around three months for results to come in,” she said in the release.
Trojanowski said she initially was hesitant to apply for membership in the National Youth Orchestra but moved ahead at the urging of friends and teachers.
“I actually opened the acceptance email at school and had to contain my excitement,” she said in the release. “As soon as I got the chance, I texted my immediate family, and the support has just been unreal. I’ve received so much love and support from my friends and teachers, too. I’m so excited to meet and collaborate with all the truly incredible musicians at NYO this summer. It’ll be an amazing learning, bonding, and traveling experience.”
The 2018 program runs from June 30 through Aug. 6 and begins with a three-week residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, where orchestra members will work with orchestra director James Ross and a faculty of principal players from many of America’s top orchestras.