February Concert: Emerging Artists Winners

Saturday, February 24 ~ 7:30pm

Shasta College Theatre

Dr. Jeff Specht, Music Director & Conductor

Tickets: $15 General | $10 Seniors 65+ | $5 Students
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Shasta Symphony - A Bright Future

Verdi: Nabucco Overture

Faure: Eligie for Cello and Orchestra

JJ Tiefenbach, cello

Puccini: “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi

Juandrè Kleynhans, soprano

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 “London”

Our 2024 Emerging Artists

JJ Tiefenbach, cello

JJ Tiefenbach, cellist

JJ Tiefenbach, cello

JJ Tiefenbach is a 17 year old Egyptian cellist who was born in Monterey, California. They currently live in Shasta Lake, California. They are a Junior at Shasta High School, where they are the teacher’s assistant for the orchestra. They also started the Shasta High School instrumentalists Instagram account.

JJ started playing cello at 9 years old at Sequoia Middle School. At age 10, they began playing with the youth orchestra at Shasta college, and they joined the Shasta Symphony at 12. At 14, they got accepted as a student musician in the North State Symphony, and now plays with the symphony regularly. JJ enjoys gigging and playing chamber music with fellow musicians in town. They also offer lessons to local cellists.

JJ is dedicating their solo performance of Fauré’s Élégie to the late Tom Diskin. Tom was their first cello instructor, biggest supporter, and the one who introduced this piece to JJ. Another past instructor is Anthoni Polcari, and their current instructor is Michal Palzewicz.

JJ enjoys painting, drawing, writing, and hanging out with friends in their free time. Cello is their passion, and they love it more than anything for the pure joy and tranquility it provides. They have plans to pursue cello performance in college.

Juandrè Kleynhans, soprano

Juandrè Kleynhans photo

Juandrè Kleynhans

Juandrè Kleynhans is a 19 year old South African, born and raised in the United States. She has loved the arts of drama, dancing, and singing since she was a little girl. She became involved with live theatre in 2021 after stopping dance due to her scoliosis being triggered. She has starred in “Shakespeare in Love,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Cinderella,” and “The Tempest” at Axiom Repertory Theatre.

After her first musical she realized that theatre singing is more difficult than regular singing, and started taking voice lessons with the help and support of her parents. Over the course of a year she studied the classical style with Jocelyn Olson and has fallen in love with the art of opera.

She now continues to practice the classical style and hopes to one day make a career in acting and singing.