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Mother McAuley student part of festival orchestra

Updated: March 11, 2013 6:11AM



Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School junior Alaina Rea, of Orland Park, has been selected as a member of the Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra for 2013.

Held every other year, this festival is a chance for Rea and other classically trained students to learn from professionals. The Chicago Youth in Music Festival is a partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other major music education groups. An audition determines membership and is open to students in and near Chicago.

Rea will be mentored by well-known musicians, including CSO music director Riccardo Muti, Youth Orchestra of the Americas music director Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Civic Orchestra principal conductor Cliff Colnot.

Rea also will perform in concerts at Orchestra Hall in the Symphony Center on Michigan Avenue, and in Chicago-area neighborhoods.

Rea began studying violin at age 3 with Lamar Blum of the Suzuki School of Elgin. She has been a CYSO member since third grade and has moved through its core orchestral programs.

Last year, Rea participated in the “Rising Star Showcase” presented by the Friends of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, Rea’s CYSO quartet, the Amati Quartet, was selected to perform on stage with the famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Chicago’s Symphony Center Orchestra Hall during the last Chicago Youth in Music Festival.

Also in 2011, Rea performed at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion with members of the CYSO, who accompanied Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond.

Rea has participated in master classes led by Yo-Yo Ma, the Lincoln Trio and the Beethoven Trio. This year, she also made first chair in the Illinois Music Educators Association District Orchestra.

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