Lake County High School Musician Wins US Navy Band National High School Concerto Competition

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Arianna Beyer, a clarinet player and a resident of Mount Dora, wins the 2013 US Navy Band High School Concerto Competition and will perform as a featured soloist with the band May 11, 2013 at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Bowie, Maryland.

As the winner of the April 20 final round of competition in Washington DC, Arianna Beyer, a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, is scheduled to perform with the US Navy Band May 11.

Each year, interested students submit audio recordings for consideration in the preliminary round. After the Navy Band receives and evaluates the recordings, a select number of finalists are invited to the historic Washington Navy Yard to audition in person. From this select group, the committee chooses a winner to perform with the Concert Band. Arianna was selected as the 2013 winner. As the winner, she will also receive The Ambassador Middendorf Young Artist Award of $1000.

Arianna Beyer, who began her musical studies under Gerry Ricke of Eustis Middle School, attended Tavares High School for two years. She is currently a senior instrumental major at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and a clarinet student of Dr. Lynn Musco of Stetson University. Arianna currently serves as principal clarinetist of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.    She has earned many distinguished honors, including: 2013 YoungArts Honorable Mention Winner, Winner of the 2013 First Coast Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, 2011 and 2012 First Place Clarinet Winner and the 2012 Overall Winner for the John Philip Sousa National Young Artists' Solo Competition, First Runner-Up in the U.S. Air Force Band's 2013 Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition, and placement into the prestigious FMEA All-State Bands/Orchestras and FBA District Bands for each of the last seven years, where she was honored to be appointed Principal/Concert Mistress seven times.

Arianna is also and accomplished jazz musician, having distinguished herself as the 1st tenor saxophone/soloist for the 2013 Tri-State (Florida, Georgia, Alabama) Honors Jazz Ensemble. She is the lead tenor saxophone in the award winning Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jazz Band 1.

This summer, Arianna will attend Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan as a 2013 Emerson Scholar, having received a full merit scholarship to their orchestra program.

Arianna has been admitted to the dual degree program at the Eastman School of Music and the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Rochester and will begin studies in the fall of 2013.

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