The West End Youth and Community Club is at it again co-sponsoring — with the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle — the Frances Walton Competition Tour at the Sekiu Center, 42 Rice St., Sekiu. This FREE concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. The program of classical music will feature Hannah Leffler and Yasmina Spiegelberg.
Leffler, flute, Miyazawa Emerging Artist, has held faculty positions at Luther College, the University of Northern Iowa, and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy. She is a Teaching Fellow and DMA candidate at the University of North Texas.
Leffler holds degrees from the University of Northern Iowa (MM) and Oklahoma City University (BM). Primary teachers include Terri Sundberg, James Scott, Angeleita Floyd and Parthena Owens. In 2012, Leffler was named the winner of the prestigious NFA Orchestra Audition Competition. She is one of the founding members of the electroacoustic duo WoodWired with bass clarinetist Cheyenne Cruz. www.woodwiredduo.com
Spiegelberg, clarinet, (Switzerland) won first prize in competitions such as Soloist European Competition, USC Thornton School of Music Concerto Competition (wind category), and received several awards, including the Bruce Zalkind Memorial Music Award (USA), Mitchell Lurie Award (USA). Other scholarships include Dean Scholarship (USA) and Ingar Dobloug Foundation Scholarship (Norway).
She is guest soloist with L’Orchestre Lamoureux (Oslo, Norway) in 2016 and in Avignon, France) in 2018, the Orchestra of the Norwegian Academy of Music, the String Orchestra of Yverdon (Switzerland) and the USC Symphony Orchestra (USA). She is working on an Artist Diploma at the University of Southern California with Professor Yehuda Gilad.
The tour also includes free concerts at both Neah Bay and Clallam Bay schools the day after the Tuesday evening concert at Sekiu.