December 31, 2001
Woodinville violinist wins state competition title
Jamie Marcello, 15, of Woodinville was the winner of the 2001 Washington State Music Teacher's Association (WEMTA)/Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Violin Competition.
He performed the "1st Movement of Symphonie Espagnole" by Edouard Lalo, Estrellita by M. Ponce/J. Heifetz and "Sonata No. 3" by Eugene Ysaye.
The intent of the performance competitions is to encourage exceptionally talented young artists in the pursuit of musical excellence and to recognize outstanding achievement in the music teaching profession.
The three-tiered MTNA competition begins at the state level. First-place winners in each state's competition advance to the division competition.
Division winners receive monetary awards and travel assistance to MTNA National Competitions finals in Washington, DC. National awards include generous monetary prizes.
Winners of all junior and senior competitions also earn an opportunity to perform on the National Public Radio Program "From the Top," which showcases talented young musicians.
Marcello is home-schooled through the Northshore Home School Network Program in Woodinville. His counselor is Cathy Rutherford.
He began his violin studies at the age of five with Marlise Klein and later studied with Art Tsaturian and Wai Chan Mizutani. He is currently studying violin with Almita and Roland Vamos in Chicago, Ill., where he attends The Music Institute of Chicago and is a member of The American Chamber Strings.
He previously attended The Vancouver Academy of Music in Vancouver, Canada, and The Seattle Conservatory of Music. Marcello is a former member of the Seattle Youth Symphony, the Vancouver Academy Symphony Orchestra and the Cascade Youth Symphony.
He was a finalist in the 2001 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Concerto Competition and was awarded a Seal of Outstanding Achievement. He was awarded 2nd place in The Vancouver (Canada) 2001 Kiwanis Music Festival. He is studying music theory and studied at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada where he received an Academic Certificate with First Class Honours with Distinction.
In addition to music, Marcello enjoys writing and reading, playing computer strategy games and listening to music.
His favorite school subject is algebra. He has performed at various local benefits including Children's Hospital.