Congratulations to the winner of our 2019 James W. Simmons Solo Contest and Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship, clarinetist Rose Bittle, a 10th grade student at Albemarle High School. Rose is a student of James Tobin. She will perform Carl Maria Von Weber’s Fantasia and Rondo with the band on the band’s 97th Season Dogwood Festival Spring Concert on Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 at Piedmont Virginia Community College. She will also receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used for further study or college tuition.
More about Ms. Bittle
Rose Bittle is extremely excited to perform with the Charlottesville Municipal Band. She began playing the clarinet in sixth grade at Henley Middle School and since eighth grade, she has been studying with James Tobin. Currently, a sophomore at Albemarle High School (AHS), she plays clarinet in the AHS Wind Ensemble and tenor saxophone in the AHS Jazz Band. Rose has been playing the tenor saxophone since seventh grade and was first tenor saxophone in her middle school jazz band. During her two years with the AHS Jazz Band, the ensemble has been a finalist in the National Savannah Central Swing Jazz competition under the direction of Greg Thomas. Outside of school, Rose has participated in Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia’s ensembles for the past three years starting in the Evans Orchestra in eighth grade under the direction of Don Brubaker, then in ninth grade in Clarinet Ensemble led by James Tobin, and this year she was selected as principal clarinet in the YOCVA Youth Symphony conducted by Dr. Charles West. For the past four years, Rose has been selected for Albemarle County Honor Band and District 13’s Honor Band placing in the top reforming ensemble for the past two years and this winter, being selected as Principal. Rose has performed in masterclasses taught by Sarunas Jankauskas, David Shifrin, David Perry, Tiffany Valvo, and David Lemelin. Outside of clarinet Rose has studied violin with Morwenna Lasko since she was seven and is currently a part of the Math, Engineering and Science Academy (MESA) at Albemarle High School. When she is not practicing or doing homework, Rose enjoys cooking, skiing, and walking with her dogs. Rose hopes to study clarinet in college and to pursue music as far into the future as she can.