Jonathan Wolf, violin, sixth grader, Gilbert Elementary School, Ames, IA. He will be performing the 3rd movement Vivace Giocoso of the Kabalevsky Violin Concerto, Op. 48. He is the son of Clark and Rebecca Wolf. His teachers include Sarah Plum, Drake University, and Jonathan Sturm, Iowa State University. Before working with Sturm and Plum, he studied with Pnina Luban in Ames.
This is the third year he has entered the Fort Dodge concerto competition. In earlier years he played concerti by Vivaldi and Mozart. In the summer of 2009 he was one of the winners of the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair where he came in third place. He has also played in the fiddle contest at the Iowa State Fair.
DaRin Lee, cello, is a high school junior at West High School in Iowa City. She will be performing the Prelude to Edouard Lalo’s Concerto in D minor. She is the daughter of Gunhee Kim and a student of Anthony Arnone.
She has been selected to the All-State Orchestra for the past three years and was the principal cellist of the Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra in 2006, the Kennedy Honors Orchestra in 2006 and 2007, and the Iowa Summer Music Camp Orchestra in 2007. DaRin is also the winner of the Muscatine Symphony Concerto Competition and performed with the orchestra in March. She has participated in the Suzuki Association of the Americas Biennial Conference, and is a recipient of the Iowa City Music Club’s Betsey Hawtrey Music Scholarship and the Directors Award for Orchestra.
Kyle Naig, piano, is a high school junior at Johnston High School, Johnston, IA. He will be performing the first movement Molto allegro con fuoco of Mendelssohn’s Concerto in G minor. He is the son of Scott and Dana Quick Naig and a student of Dr. William David, Iowa State University.
Kyle began his piano studies at the age of three. He was named the Level F winner for the Iowa Music Teachers State Pre-College Piano Auditions in 2009. He won the district level of this competition in 2006, 2008, and 2009. He also received Honorable Mention at the 2007 Iowa Music Teachers’ National Association Pre-College Piano Auditions. His other accomplishments include a 2009 performance with the Central Iowa Symphony, Ames, and multiple performances at IMTA State Conventions. He is actively involved in the band and choir programs at Johnston as both pianist and percussionist.
Caleb Polashek, a senior violin performance major at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of Ames High School. He will be performing the Finale of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. He is the son of Mary Kay and Emil Polashek, Ames. Caleb has been a student of Lynn Rubier 1993-1995, Rachel Holtrum 1995-1996, Wendy Gross 1996-1998, Julie Fox Henson 1998- 2006. He is presently a student of Brian Lewis, University of Texas.
Caleb has been a member of the University of Texas Symphony since 2006, the University of Texas Opera Orchestra 2008 and concertmaster 2009, University of Texas Bach Cantata Project 2007 - 2009 where he was a soloist in 2007, Choral Accompaniment Orchestras in 2007. Summer music camps and festivals include Colorado College Summer Music Festival, 2009; International Festival Institute at Round Top, Texas, 2008; Schlern International Chamber Music Festival, Voels am Schlern, Italy, 2006; Madeline Isalnd Chamber Camp, La Pointe, Wisconsin, 2005; Ataria String Quartet Stringwood Chamer Music Camp, Lanesboro, Minnesota, 2003; Iowa State Summer Chamber Camp, 2001; Snowmass Suzuki, June 2000; and American Suzuki Institute, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 1994 - 1999.