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Grace Helmke

Grace is a dynamic player, well versed in orchestral, solo, and chamber repertoire. She is currently a freshman at Boston University studying with Linda Toote. Recently she served as the soloist with both the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra in performances of Mozart’s Concerto in D, and previously this year she soloed with the Hartford Symphony after winning third place in their young artist’s competition. For four years Grace played with the various Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras with Federico Cortese, and currently plays with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander. She’s spent three summers at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. This past summer she played in their Young Artists Orchestra under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Paul Haas, and Bruce Kiesling, and twice previously she played with their Young Artists Wind Ensemble with Robert Reynolds and David Martins. Other summer festivals include the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Festival at Curtis Summerfest and Credo Flute. In 2018 she won first place in the Musical Club of Hartford High School Competition. She has also been the scholarship recipient winner of the Hartt Community Division Honors Recital, twice. She’s received three honorable mention awards in the New York Flute Club Young Musicians Contest, and an honorable mention in BYSO’s Repertory Orchestra concerto competition. Her masterclass experiences include those with Cynthia Meyers, Elizabeth Rowe, and Emmanuel Pahud among others. Grace studied with Hartford Symphony principal flute, Greig Shearer, for 8 years.

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