Youth Concert Sunday Sunday Mar 15


Sunday March 15 2015 at 4pm, Greenwall Auditorium (VAPA Bldg) at Bennington College


Sage City Symphony will present our annual Youth Concert, the 6th year of our Young Composers Project, focusing this year on compositions by students of area high schools. Come to support the next generation of musicans!


Profiles of the Young Composers and Musicians




From Mount Anthony Union High School;

  • Katianna Nardone
    Katianna Nardone, The Bandit, grade 12 from Bennington. Katie will attend Amherst in the fall, studying violin and composition. She has played violin since age 5 and trumpet since Grade 8.

From the Long Trail School, Dorset, mentored by Geoffrey Gee;

  • Katrina Czar, Illusions of Battle, grade 12 from Wallingford
  • Jenna D'Olivo, Danza, grade 11 from Manchester
  • Garrett Hastings, The Fight for Liberation, grade 12 from N. Chittenden
  • Delphine Mahos, grade 11 from Manchester
  • Walker May, grade 12 from Pawlet
  • Nicholas Mihailovic, grade 11 from Bennington
  • Christopher Trombetta, grade 11 from Rutland
  • Anna Wright, grade 11 from Dorset
  • Zhangyi "Rocky" Ye, Pride of the Homeland, grade 12 from Dorset, Hangshou China

From the Burr and Burton Academy, under Neil Freeburn;

  • Ramsay Eyre, Fast Piece 2, grade 10 from Dorset

Young Soloists


Heather Rodgers, clarinetist, will perform the Concerto for Clarinet, Mozart, K.622, 1st movement. Heather is a senior at Bennington College, where she is receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing in animation and music. She has studied clarinet since the age of eleven, working first with Michael Rowlett at the University of Mississippi and currently studying with Mariam Adam of the Imani Winds in New York City. As a precollege student, she was a member of prestigious Mississippi Lions All-State Band for four years, touring to Washington D.C. and New York City. She then attended the summer Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in New York City as a Fellowship student for three consecutive years, performing in wind quintets, octets and as a soloist, working in master classes with distinguished professional clarinetists, including Stanley Drucker. Heather has performed with the Sage City Symphony throughout her four years at Bennington College and plans to go on to graduate school, continuing her studies in animation and music performance.


Nolan Downey, tuba, will perform the Edward Gregson Tuba Concerto, 3d movement (Allegro giocoso). This work was originally written in 1976 for tuba and brass band, then an orchestral version was written in 1978. This is dedicated to John Fletcher.

Nolan Downey was born in Bennington, Vermont in 1996. He took up the tuba at age eleven while living in Arizona. Currently a senior at Mount Anthony Union High School, Nolan is preparing for a career in the music industry. He has been part of the symphonic, jazz, and marching bands in his high school career as well as participated in Vermont's District V Music Festival, the Vermont All-State Music Festival, and the New England Music Festival. Outside of school, he has performed with groups such as the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Green Mountain Youth Orchestra, and has been a member of the Sage City Symphony since 2011. Nolan's latest adventure has been traveling to New York City every weekend for Juilliard Pre-College, a Saturday music program consisting of music theory, ear training, private instruction, orchestra, and chamber music. Nolan hopes to take his music to the next level at a conservatory next year. He currently studies with Andrew Bove, a wonderful mentor and teacher based in New York City.

Spring Concert on May 17 2015


Sage City Symphony presents our final Spring Concert on Sunday May 17 2015, featuring Sibelius's Symphony No. 3 and a work for chamber orchestra XLIV by Rolando Gori. All performances are at 4pm. The concert is free.

The performance will be followed by our annual fundraising dinner featuring home made foods and desserts from our Board members. Programs and links to directions are available on our Perfomances page.


Sage City Symphony Earns the Bennington Museum's 2014 Walloomsac Award


This award, created in 1991, is presented by the museum for outstanding contributions to the community in the field of art, history or education. Thank you to the Board and staff of the Bennington Museum for this recognition!


Thanks to Our Sponsors


We thank the following businesses for sponsoring our concerts.

For the 2014-2015 Season:
Karl Brosch and Ralph Thomas, sponsors of the Chamber Concert on February 1 2015.
One World Conservation Center, sponsor of the November 16 New England Connections Concert.

For the 2013-14 season: Berkshire Bank, sponsor of the May 18 2014 concert, Prime Lending of Bennington VT, sponsor of the November 17 2013 concert; Maxine Newman, sponsor of the February 16 2014 concert, Sarah Tenney and the Board of Sage City Symphony, sponsors of the March 16 Youth Concert.

For the 2012-2013 season: Bank of Bennington, sponsor of the May 19 2013 40th anniversary concert Stewarts' Shops, sponsor of the March 17 2013 Youth Concert; The Board of Sage City Symphony, sponsor of the Chamber Concert on February 17 2013 and Merchants Bank, sponsor of the December 2 2012 fall concert.

For the 2011-2012 season: TD Bank, Bennington, sponsor of the May 13 2012 Spring Concert; E.P. Mahar and Sons Funeral Home, Madison Brewing Company, and State Farm Insurance (James Thibodeau), sponsors for the March 18 2012 Youth Concert; Board of Sage City Symphony, sponsor of the February 12 2012 chamber concert; and People's United Bank, sponsor of our Fall Concert on November 13 2011. Thanks to Mount Anthony Union High School and Bennington College for providing performance space, and band director Marj Rooen of MAUHS and staff of Bennington College for use of percussion equipment.