Shelby Latin performs recital at Rockford College

At 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, in Maddox Theatre in Clark Arts Center on the campus of Rockford College, Shelby Latin will perform a recital as part of a Music Academy of Rockford College Twentieth Anniversary Alumni Recital Series. The recital is free and open to the public, including families with young children.

Latin began her music education at the age of 2 1/2 as a Suzuki student of the late Eleanor Stanlis. Suzuki students usually begin training at the age of 3 or 4.

After 16 years of study at The Music Academy of Rockford College, Latin went on to graduate from Auburn High School and earn a bachelor’s of music degree from Indiana University, where she studied with Paul Bliss.

Latin has soloed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta, as well as performing the duties of Concertmistress in the Youth Orchestra of Americas, Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Institute Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.

Latin studied with Mayumi Seiler at the Glenn Gould Professional School of Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto before returning to Indiana University Conservatory of Music, where she is pursuing her master’s of music degree.

Latin was a finalist in the National Sphinx Competition, garnered second place in the Junior Division as well as being a semi-finalist in the Senior Division in past years. She is the second violinist in the Sphinx Quartet, which has been acclaimed by The New York Times as being “first rate in every way.” Currently, Latin is playing a Psarianos violin on loan to her by the maker through the Sphinx competition. Latin is a niece of former Rockford Mayor Charles Box.

The Sphinx Competition is held every year in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Mich. The competition is open to all junior high, high school, and college-age black and Latino string players residing in the U.S. The Sphinx Competition offers young black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges, and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting. Its primary goals are to encourage, develop and recognize classical music talent in the black and Latino communities.

Sphinx Organization Founder and President Aaron Dworkin was named as a MacArthur Fellow for 2005. Dworkin was given $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the five years. MacArthur Fellows are selected for their creativity, originality, and potential. By providing resources without stipulations or reporting requirements, the MacArthur Foundation offers the opportunity for Fellows to accelerate their current activities, or to take their work in new directions. The unusual level of independence afforded to the Fellows underscores the spirit of freedom intrinsic to creative endeavors.

At the recital, donations will be accepted to support the Music Academy scholarship fund, providing support to advanced performing and touring students traveling to Japan for a cultural and educational exchange in June 2006. For more information regarding this event, contact The Music Academy at 815-226-4168. Clark Arts Center is accessible.

From the Jan. 11-17, 2006, issue

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