Baristaville’s Talented Harpist

Violetta Norrie, a freshman at Montclair High School, has placed second in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition in the Junior Harp Division.  The finals took place in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 17, 2011.  Only two finalists were sent to the competition from the state of New Jersey (the other was cellist Brannon Cho, a sophomore at Millburn High School, who went on to win the overall Grand Prize). Violetta was one of three under-18 harpists to be selected from throughout the country to compete in Kansas City.  The semifinalists were selected via CD.

Violetta had a busy week in that she also made her Carnegie Hall “debut” as a member of the New York Youth Symphony performing the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 on March 13.  She has studied with Frances Duffy of Bloomfield since she was six.  ASTA/NJ will present a Winners Recital on May 15, 2:30 pm, at the Maywood Public Library.

Violetta lives in Montclair with her mom, Mia Riker-Norrie, Director of Montclair Voice Studio, her dad, David Norrie, at attorney, and her two brothers, Tom, a junior at Montclair High School, and Sam, a seventh-grader at Glenfield Middle School.  She aspires to study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Paris Conservatoire.

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  1. How exciting for Violetta, her family and friends.

    I want to know the obvious question: Why the harp?

    (And a public school student too? How odd. I thought this kind of achievement only happened to those kids in private schools.)

    I don’t know who this “Announcement” is, but he/she/it does a good job!

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