March 2009 Winner: Kyla Moscovich

Our March 2009 Young Artist Award recipient is Kyla Moscovich, a junior at Sleepy Hollow High School in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She is also a fifth-year classical student in the Manhattan School of Music’s pre-college division studying with Vincent Penzarella.

No stranger to the youth competitions, Kyla was the winner of the 2006 National Trumpet Competition Middle School Division, and placed third and second in the ITG Youth Competition Junior Division in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Kyla was a featured soloist at the age of ten in Musical Baby, the Mattel Fisher-Price educational video in 2003, and hasn’t stopped since. Kyla performs as a member of the Manhattan School’s Pre-College Big Band and Jazz Combo as well as the renowned New York Youth Symphony’s Jazz Band Classic, experiencing collaborations with Marvin Stamm, Ray Vega, Todd Coolman, Mike Holober, Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano, and special mentor Jon Faddis. An early career highlight in 2006 was an invitation by Faddis to sit in with him at the Jazz Standard Club in New York City where she met an eager fan awaiting his own performance that evening, Tony Bennett!

In 2006 and 2007, Kyla was featured on NPR’s live radio concerts “From The Top” broadcast on PBS.

This past summer Kyla attended the Skidmore Jazz Institute where she had the opportunity to study with Bobby Shew. She returned later in the summer to the Skidmore Campus to attend the New York State School

for the Arts School of Orchestral Studies, performing as principal trumpet in the Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Luis Biava.

Kyla is currently participating in the Sleepy Hollow High School Wind and Jazz Bands under the direction of Micah Sprague. In addition to her busy musical life, Kyla enjoys volunteering her afternoons at school tutoring students in English as a second language. At this juncture Kyla would like to pursue a career in music performance and education. We wish her much success on the audition trail and beyond.

Congratulations, Kyla!

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