Lee Violinist Makes a Name for Herself

Lee Violinist Makes a Name for Herself
Posted on 04/24/2020

Kudos to Lee Avenue Elementary School student-musician Grace Cho, who has been racking up accolades as a top violinist! Grace was selected as concertmistress of the Hicksville School District’s Elementary All-District Orchestra, an annual concert that combines the talents of all seven elementary schools into a 100-plus-member orchestra.

Grace’s outstanding scores at last spring’s New York State School Music Association Spring adjudication festival earned her seats in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival and her selection to participate in the Long Island String Festival Orchestra. Grace played with the All-County ensemble; however, like many concerts scheduled for this spring, LISFA and the districtwide elementary concert were canceled in accordance with  closures put into effect to contain the spread of COVID-19.

According to Grace’s orchestra teacher, Richard Enderle, she also took the initiative to audition for the Gemini Youth Orchestra, an elite, audition-based orchestra that is very selective in choosing its members. Grace not only was chosen for the ensemble, but was seated third in her section. She was scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall and the USDAN Center for Performing Arts, but those concerts have been postponed as well. 

“Grace is not only an incredibly passionate and gifted performer, but she is humble, and a leader in my orchestra,” said Enderle. “She always offers to help out in any way that she can, even conducting and warming up the orchestra. Grace is truly a one-of-a-kind musician that I am very fortunate to have taught for the past three years.” 

Like so many others who are familiar with Grace’s playing,  Enderle looks forward to the day when he can once again see and hear her perform live.