Solo violinist to join philharmonic for String Masterpiece

Solo violinist to join philharmonic for String Masterpiece

Violin soloist Kaylee Bontrager


The Tuscarawas Philharmonic invites listeners to join the orchestra for a celebration of all things strings on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas.

The program, String Masterpiece, ranges from modern composer Kathryn Griesinger to the iconic Felix Mendelssohn.

The program includes Jean Sibelius’ “Andante Festivo,” Griesinger’s “Epic Adventure and Summer Fanfare,” Ernest Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Strings with Piano Obbligato,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and Mendelssohn’s solo masterpiece, “Violin Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor.”

Joining the orchestra as violin soloist is Kaylee Bontrager, a recent graduate of Central Christian High School who has been playing violin since she was 2 years old. She studies with Alan Bodman of Akron and also has studied with her mother, Mary Bontrager, a Tuscarawas Philharmonic concertmaster, and Amy Barlowe.

Bontrager has been involved with several youth orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Akron Youth Symphony, Canton Youth Symphony, Akron Youth Philharmonic and Tri-County Youth Orchestra. She was concertmaster of Akron Youth Symphony and has held positions as principal second violin and assistant concertmaster of Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.

Bontrager served as concertmaster of her school orchestra and was highly involved in their music program, singing with both Concert Choir and Varsity Singers. She has participated in a variety of chamber music experiences such as COYO’s chamber music program, where she played with and received coaching from members of the Cleveland Orchestra and The Cleveland Institute of Music’s chamber music program.

In 2018-19 Bontrager served as concertmaster for both the Ohio Regional and All-State Orchestras, and she currently performs with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, The Player’s Guild of Canton and Azure Strings. This winter she auditioned for multiple music conservatories and is excited to see where she will study next year.

Also joining the orchestra will be members of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Youth Summer String Camp, and preconcert entertainment will be provided by the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Children’s Chorus.

Tickets are available at or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 330-308-6400.

The Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Drive NE in New Philadelphia.

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