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Aria Joy Cheregosha is the principal violist for the Duke University Strings School Youth Orchestra in Durham. Aria is also the Concert Master of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic in Raleigh, North Carolina.
During 2010 -2012, Aria served as the principal violist of two orchestras; the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and the North Carolina Symphony’s “Young All Stars/Sinfonietta” Chamber Orchestra. In the past, Aria served as the Concert Master of Durham School of the Arts and was selected to serve as the Concert Master of Honors Orchestra for all the Durham Public High Schools. As a violist, Aria played, for four years, with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, a semi-professional orchestra in Durham, North Carolina.
Within the past ten years, Aria has performed over 200 movements of orchestra pieces. Also, as a chamber musician, during the past seven years, Aria has performed over 40 different movements of chamber music pieces in a variety of ensembles. In addition, Aria, voluntarily, has brought more than a dozen new chamber music pieces to the stage by composers living in the heart of North Carolina.
Musical Awards and Honors
At the State level, Aria won the following top awards : a first prize winner of the annual statewide concerto competition, Rising Stars, with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra; the first prize for the Chapel Hill Philharmonia’s Young Artist Concerto Competition; the first prize (alternate) for the Senior Strings division of the MTNA State competition; first place in senior strings receiving the 2012 scholarship from the Raleigh Music Club; second prize for the North Carolina Symphony’s Concerto Competition; third prize winner of the statewide Peter Perret Youth Talent Search competition of the Winston-Salem Symphony.
At the Regional, National and International level, Aria is the recipient of the following awards: the Wendell Irish Viola Award for the Southeastern region of the United States; second prize for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Young Artist National Concerto Competition; runner-up and Judges Prize for the Harrisburg Symphony’s Rising Stars National Concerto Competition; the instrumental finalist for the Young Artist Concerto Competition of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. In June 2012, Aria performed in Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music as the youngest semi-finalist for the 2012 Young Artist Competition of the prestigious International Viola Congress.
Besides being a gifted violist and violinist, Aria is a pianist, a choral singer, and an award-winning composer. Aria is also a remarkably talented chamber musician. As a chamber musician, Aria's piano trio, “Talla Trio”, was chosen as first prize winners for: the 2012 American Protégé International Competition; the 2011 Alexander & Buono International Competition; the 2008 American Fine Arts Festival Competition. As a chamber musician, Aria has performed three times at Carnegie Hall and also at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Aria has been admitted to the New England Conservatory to pursue viola and violin studies in the fall of 2014.