Wellsville’s Noah Joslyn wins major Hornell music award


The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble honors Wellsville standout

The Wellsville Central School Music Department is pleased to announce Noah Joslyn as a winner of the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble Young Artist Award. In 1988, Mr. Luther R. Hoffman, a well known and much respected music educator, retired from his teaching career at Bath Haverling High School. After his retirement, for the sheer joy of creating and sharing music, Luther joined the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble (HAWE). As a member of the trumpet section, Luther graciously shared his extensive knowledge of instrument, techniques, and repertoire with fellow musicians. In 1996, Luther became the conductor of HAWE and led the group through six musical seasons. Additionally, Luther was the prime motivating factor in the creation of the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble’s annual Young Artist Award, which the HAWE instituted in 1991.

In 2002, Luther ‘retired’ from playing and conducting HAWE- much to the regret of the ensemble. In his honor, the Young Artist Award was renamed The Luther Hoffman-Georgine E. Salisbury Young Award. It continues to this day, benefiting our local, talented high school band students. Besides a certificate of achievement and a monetary reward for second and first place, the award winning young artists are honored with a solo performance, with full ensemble or piano accompaniment, at the Young Artist Concert. This year, the top two winners will receive a cash award and the opportunity to play along with the HAWE.

Noah Joslyn performed the Paul Creston Sonata Op. 19 on Alto Saxophone with accompaniment by Mrs. Judith Belin. Noah has played the saxophone since 4th grade (8 years) and currently is in piano studios with Mrs. Judith Belin and previously studied piano with Carole Aldrich. Noah’s extra curricular activities include Cross-County Track, the Fall Play, Varsity Track and Field, International Club, and Marching Band – all while maintaining Principals High Honor Roll and recently being accepted into the National Honors Society..

The last Wellsville music student who won the Young Artist Award was 18 years ago, Vincent Embser- class of 2005, who performed Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the

BumbleBee. This is the second year in a row that Noah was selected as the winner of the competition. The Hornell Wind Symphony Concert is this Saturday, March 25th at 7pm in the Hornell HS Auditorium. During this concert, Noah will perform the Paul Creston Sonata Opus 19th with piano accompaniment by Mrs. Judith Belin.

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