BG Philharmonia and Concerto Competition Winners

Kyle Wendling, assistant conductor
Eden Treado, assistant conductor
Allana Bogan, assistant conductor
Emily Freeman Brown, conductor

Mary Borus, alto saxophone
Shannon Lotti, flute
Isabella Brill, piano
Apostolos-Angelos Konstantakis, piano


Saturday, February 10, 2024

8 P.M. Kobacker Hall
Moore Musical Arts Center

Concerto Competition Winners' Concert


Concerto for Saxophone | Paul Creston (1906-1985)
     I. Energetic
                Mary Borus, alto saxophone
                Kyle Wendling, conductor

Concerto for Flute (in one movement) | Joan Tower (b. 1938)
                Shannon Lotti, flute
                Eden Treado, conductor


Concerto for Piano No. 1 | Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
      I. Vivace
                Isabella Brill, piano
                Allana Bogan, conductor

Concerto for Piano No. 2 in A Major (in one movement) | Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
                Apostolos-Angelos Konstantakis, piano
                Emily Freeman Brown, conductor

BG Philharmonia Personnel
Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, Director of Orchestral Activities
Eden Treado, Kyle Wendling, Allana Bogan, Master’s Assistant Conductors
Sujin Kim, Eunha Kim, Orchestra Librarians

Orchestra Personnel
Federico Orlando, concertmaster Liszt, Creston. Principal 2nd, Rachmaninov, Tower
Autumn Kuntz, concertmaster Rachmaninov, Tower. Principal 2nd, Liszt, Creston
Malika Brower, complete program, Vln I 2nd chair

Violin I
Rotating Concertmasters
Autumn Kuntz*
Federico Orlando*

Malika Brower
Leah Mellinger
Sarah Munson
Mahlia Proctor
Jessica Pytel
Antonia Suarez Gomez
Gracie Hayes

Violin II
Rotating Principals
Autumn Kuntz*
Federico Orlando*

Meredith Post
Celeste Uhl
Jacob Greenawalt
Yeonsuk Jung
Ayanna Grant
Ryley Amos
Corban Hutchins
Courtney Spencer
Rachel Moeller
Diego Ortiz

Jaylon Hayes-Keller*
Sujin Kim
Jake Weil
Samuel Atkinson
Christopher Cecere
Natalie Holstine
Madison Estep
Sierra Wood
Bryce Kline

Hayley Currin*
Joshua Lyphout
Rafael da Silva
Caitlin Slusarski
Joey Miller
Jacob Burger
Sam Gibb-Randall
Katie Alcorn
Sophia Milbrand

Eliana Kornowa*
Natalie Fry
Nina Petersheim
Donald Noble
Adam Har-zvi~

Eunha Kim*
Halie O’Loughlin
Rebekah Walker*

Oboe/English Horn
Martha Hudson*
David Munro

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Ricky Latham*
Justin Brown*
Michael Hudzik

Owen Polkinghorn*
Annie Lombard*
Cruz Stock

Ethan Hupp
Cherylyn Lamphear
Kyle Olsen*
Hannah Oprea
Nathan Stricker*

Alexander Marbach
Brandon Ising*
Tyrone Williamson*

Benjamin Sallard*
Jackson Kuphal
Arryn Meeker, bass

Noah Laabs

Jacob Koch*
Nick Bahr
Ian Weil
Emma Zemancik

*section principal or co-principal
~Guest Artist


Mary Borus is a sophomore Music Performance major from Shelby Township, Michigan, currently studying with Dr. John Sampen. Having studied the saxophone for 10 years, she has earned a great deal of musical experience. Mary’s recent accomplishments include winning the North Oakland Concert Band Concerto Competition, the Toledo Symphony League Young Artist Competition, the Royal Oak Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the Betty J. Hixson Woodwinds Award Competition. She is also a member of the Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony. Outside of her performance studies, she is a section leader in the Bowling Green State University Falcon Marching Band and Athletic Band and works as a Band Librarian and Music Ambassador for the College of Musical Arts. Additionally, she is the service chair of the Gamma Omicron chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Womens Music Fraternity.

Mary is very thankful to all who supported her in her preparations for this competition and this performance! She is very excited to perform with the BGSU Philharmonia and is thankful for this great opportunity!


Shannon Lotti is a second-year DMA in Contemporary Music student at Bowling Green State University studying under Dr. Terri Sánchez. She is currently an active flute teacher as well as a solo and orchestral performer. Shannon performs as a member of Duo Aequalis, a flute and piano duo and Spectra Trio, a flute, cello, and piano trio. She is a first prize winner in the 2022 South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition and 2023 Central Ohio Flute Association Competition as well as a quarterfinalist in the 2023 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. MM - University of Nebraska Lincoln; BM - University of Texas at Arlington.


Brazilian pianist Isabella Brill began her piano studies at the age of 6 and has been an active performer since 2016, when she joined the Preparatory School for young musicians at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Under the tutelage of Dr. Cristina Capparelli Gerling in the following years,Isabella soon garnered honors in national and international competitions, among them the First Prize and Best Interpretation of a Brazilian Work in the Cora Pavan Capparelli Competition in 2017 and 2019, and the Edna Bassetti Piano Competition. In Fall 2022, Isabella accepted the College of Musical Arts Hansen Fellowship, the highest honor awarded to two incoming freshmen each year, and started her undergraduate studies at BGSU with Dr. Solungga Liu.

Isabella enjoys participating in music festivals and has worked with some the most representative pianists of our time, including Anna Fedorova, Michael Gurt, David Koreevar, and Victor Rosenbaum. Isabella speaks four languages and is a wonderful ballet dancer.


Originally from Rhodes, Greece, 23-year-old Apostolos-Angelos Konstantakis is a prize-winning pianist across Greece, Europe and the U.S. His accolades include first prizes at the 5th Greek National Piano Competition of the Thessaloniki Piano Festival, and the 30th Greek National Piano Competition of the Young Orchestra Choir “XON” Organization. He has also been announced as a winner of the Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition, in 2023.

Konstantakis has given multiple concerts at venues including the Athens Concert Hall, Palace of the Grand Master of Rhodes, as well as in many places including Xanthi, Florina, Germany, etc. He participated in music festivals including the Rhodes International Piano Forum & Rhodes Art International Music Festival, and the International Festival of Symi. In addition, Konstantakis has participated in piano seminars with Hideyo Harada, Claudio Curro Dossi, and Solungga Liu, as well as piano accompanying seminars with Andreas Reibenspies.

In 2023, he received tuition and the Patricia Smith scholarships from Bowling Green State University, where he is a current graduate student and Accompanying Assistant in Piano Performance, under Dr. Solungga Liu. Konstantakis started piano lessons at the age of five and graduated from the Dodecanese Music School of Art with a piano diploma, receiving unanimous excellent marks and first prize recognition for performance and virtuosity. He also graduated from the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, (BM and Integrated MM) in Piano Performance, under the direction of Prof. Lambis Vassiliadis.

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Updated: 02/08/2024 12:10PM