Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Sabatino Vacca, Music Director

North York Music Festival

The North York Music Festival is an annually held music competition. The mission of the Festival is to provide amateur musicians of all ages with the opportunity to perform in a stimulating and encouraging environment while benefiting from the expertise of distinguished adjudicators. Funds raised go towards scholarships to reward participants success and hard work. The Festival promotes the appreciation of classical music for the enrichment of our participants and the broader public.

The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to have the four Concerto Class finalists from the festival perform selections from concertos on October 17th, 2014 at A Youthful Celebration. We are excited to share the stage with Madeleine Zarry playing Kablevsky's Violin Concerto in C Major, Chelsie Vaillancourt playing Chaminade's Flute Concertino in D Major, Arielle Silverberg playing Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, and Harrison Jarvis playing Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor.

Madeleine Zarry

Madeleine Zarry, Violin

Madeleine is 14 years old and has just begun grade 9 at the Etobicoke School for the Arts in Musical Theatre. She has been playing violin since she was 4 years old and has been coached throughout the last 10 years by Kelly Lindstrom Parkins and her pianist grandmother Joan (who also coincidentally performed with the Etobicoke Philharmonic in 1963). Recently she has joined the studio of Marie Berard. She has been a member of the Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory for 5 years and has just this year joined Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Outside of her love of music (of all kinds), Maddy has been a long time member of the Leaside Tigers Rep Soccer team where she is a fearless defender and she also enjoys riding horses, the faster the better. She lives in Leaside with her mother and her violinist sister Samantha.




Chelsie Vaillancourt

Chelsie Vaillancourt, Flute

Chelsie began her flute studies at the age of seven under the tutelage of Dr. Pandora Bryce. Currently, she studies with TSO (Toronto Symphony Orchestra) Associate Principal Flutist, Julie Ranti. As a grade 10 Honour Roll and Performing Arts student attending O’Neill CVI in Oshawa, Chelsie strives to balance her musical talent with outstanding academic ability. She has been a member of two youth orchestras and a quartet in Durham Region. Among her many awards and honours, she placed first at the OMFA’s (Ontario Music Festival Association) Provincial Finals in the summer of 2012 and second in 2013. This summer, through a rigorous audition process, Chelsie was selected to appear and play her flute in a national commercial for the TD Bank. Equally strong in the academic arena, last year she was the recipient of the Durham District School Board’s “Fannie Hislop Award” for having achieved the highest overall grade average.

Arielle Silverberg

Arielle Silverberg, Violin

Arielle Silverberg, 13, began her violin studies at the age of two in Toronto. She has been the winner of the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Recently, Arielle won the Oakville Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition and will be performing the Zigeunerweisen as a soloist with the orchestra in November. She has been the recipient of many first place awards and scholarships at the local, provincial and national levels. Arielle was featured in the Young Performers broadcast on WNED radio. She has performed in masterclasses with many artists including Maxim Vengerov. Arielle has been a student at The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy at The Royal Conservatory for 4 years studying with Conrad Chow. Arielle has volunteered to play for many charitable organizations and recently played in a concert she organized raising over $6000 to support victims of terrorism. Last May she was invited to perform at Koerner Hall for The Royal Occasion Gala benefit concert honouring Sir Andrew Davis. In December she will play at Koerner Hall for a fundraising Gala for the Israel Cancer Research Foundation.

Harrison Jarvis

Harrison Jarvis, Piano

Pianist Harrison Jarvis was recently named to the CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30. This spring, he gave his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 16. Harrison subsequently won the grand prize at the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artists Summer Program Concerto Competition in Philadelphia, performing with orchestra at Gould Rehearsal Hall. He was also named a winner of the North York Music Festival Concerto Competition in Toronto. Harrison is looking forward to his upcoming performance at the Lincoln Centre in New York City with the Gemini Youth Symphony. Also a chamber musician, Harrison has performed at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City after his piano trio was awarded gold at the National League of Performing Arts Chamber Music Competition. Harrison is a recipient of multiple festival and competition scholarships including awards from The Canadian Music Competition, The North York Music Festival and The Toronto Kiwanis Festival. He studies with Arshalouise Nersessian at the Royal Conservatory of Music and with Curtis Institute of Music Faculty Amy J. Yang in Philadelphia. Harrison has performed in masterclasses for Roberto Diaz, Michael Eliasen and Paul Komen. He lives in Aurora, Ontario.