Executive Director Transition

A Far Cry's first Executive Director, Bridget Mundy, has accepted a new position with our friends The Knights. Board Members Mary Jaffee and Lisa Wong will serve as Interim Executive Directors while we undergo a search process for a new administrative leader. Press Release

The Criers thank Bridget for giving so much to our organization these past two years. She has brought a wealth of talent, intelligence, and dedication to our operation each day. A Far Cry was founded on the idea that the right group culture can empower the individual to find their voice, and in turn a vision for their vocation. It has been rewarding to witness Bridget’s development within our fold and we are excited for the next steps on her journey.

2011 Young Artists Competition

“I felt like this was a taste of a professional musical career...The Criers were fun to be with, but also very serious about what they do...I can say that it was one of the best musical experiences of my life so far.” -AFC Young Artists Competition Winner

High school violinists, violists, cellists and bassists enrolled in the NEC Preparatory School! Have you ever seen A Far Cry perform in Jordan Hall, and wondered what it must be like to be a part of the group? Now's your chance.

Auditions will be held December 4, 2011 from 1pm to 6pm. Students selected will perform Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony Opus 110a, adapted form the String Quartet No. 8, in A Far Cry's concert in Jordan Hall on February 24th, 2012.

Competition flier YAC flier 11-12 Application YAC application 11-12 Excerpts: Violin DSCH 110 - Violin Viola DSCH 110 - Viola Cello DSCH 110 - Cello

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Free Music Popping Up Near You!

That's right! Huge thanks to the Free For All Concert Fund, for awarding us a generous $25,000 grant to expand our presence in the Jamaica Plain Community! We are using every last drop of this grant to bring you more free music! This season, we will be offering:

1) A series of "Pop-Up" chamber concerts throughout everyday spaces in JP 2) Several larger special events involving the entire ensemble!

Thank you so much to Free For All for their wonderful generosity!

We're looking forward to seeing you at these events. Follow us on facebook or twitter for live updates from the events, pics, and maybe even a video or two!

Friday, September 16, 2011: 6-7 pm Free Pop-Up Chamber Concerts in the Community Sponsored by Free For All Concert Fund El Oriental de Cuba (416 Centre St.) & Center Street Park Jamaica Plain

Saturday, September 17, 2011: 6-7 pm Free Pop-Up Concerts in the Community Sponsored by Free For All Concert Fund Tacos el Charro (349 Centre St.) & Stop and Shop, Centre St. Jamaica Plain

Monday, September 19, 2011: 7:00-9:00PM Open Rehearsal A Far Cry Storefront Space 146A South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

October 8, 2011: 4-6PM Free Concert with the Full Ensemble! St. John's Episcopal Church 1 Roanoke Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA

December 15, 2011: 6:30-8:30PM Annual Holiday Concert and Party Bonanza! A Far Cry Space 146A South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

Rosie Salvucci

Rosie SalvucciA Far Cry would like to congratulate Rosie Salvucci, one of three winners of this season's Young Artist Competition. Rosie will join A Far Cry in performances of Tchaikovsky's Souvenir De Florence later this month. Buy tickets to see Rosie with A Far Cry in Jordan Hall!

Rosie Salvucci was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she began to study the double bass with Steven Zeserman at the age of nine. She later studied for a year with Christopher Hanulik in Los Angeles. For the past five summers, Rosie has participated in various programs and including Le Domaine Forget, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Eastern Music Festival. As a high school freshman, Rosie made TMEA’s 4A All-State Symphonic Band on Bb clarinet. In 2008, Rosie was one of 15 arts students statewide designated a “Young Master” by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust. Later that year, she was awarded First Prize in the Strings Division of the San Antonio Symphony’s “Future Stars” Competition. In 2009, she received an Honorable Mention from the Alexander and Buono International Strings Competition. Rosie is currently a senior at the Walnut Hill School and principal bass of NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a student of Lawrence Wolfe.

Gergana Haralampieva

Gergana HaralampievaA Far Cry would like to congratulate Gergana Haralampieva, one of three winners of this season's Young Artist Competition. Gergana will join A Far Cry in performances of Tchaikovsky's Souvenir De Florence later this month. Buy tickets to see Gergana with A Far Cry in Jordan Hall!

Gergana Haralampieva was born on January 29, 1994 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria into a family of professional musicians. When she was nine months old, she moved to the Czech Republic where her parents worked. Gergana began to play the violin at five and a half years of age. She started earning successes in international violin competitions for children- “Talents for Europe,” Slovakia, (1st prize), “Kocian,” and “Prague Junior Note,” the Czech Republic, (1st prizes) in 2003 and 2004. She moved with her family to Boston in 2005, continuing her violin education in the Preparatory School of the NEC, first as a student of Farhoud Moshfegh, and currently as a student of Paul Biss. In 2006 Gergana won the New England String Ensemble’s Concerto Competition and in 2007 she was the winner of the Second Connecticut International Young Artist Competition in Stamford. Gergana is a member of the YPO led by Benjamin Zander. In 2007 and 2009, Gergana was a soloist with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008, she won the Concerto Competition of the NEC’s Preparatory School. Gergana lives with her parents in Norwood and in September of 2009 began her studies at Walnut Hill School in Natick.

Abe McWilliams

Abe McWilliamsA Far Cry would like to congratulate Abe McWilliams, one of three winners of this season's Young Artist Competition. Abe will join A Far Cry in performances of Tchaikovsky's Souvenir De Florence later this month. Buy tickets to see Abe with A Far Cry in Jordan Hall!

Abe McWilliams, violinist, is a high-school senior and native of Durham, New Hampshire. He is a student of Magdalena Richter at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he is a member of a string quartet coached by Roger Tapping and of the Youth Philharmonic. During the summer of 2009 he participated Yellow Barn Music Festival’s Young Artist Program, where he worked with members of the Peabody Trio and the Cavani String Quartet, Bonnie Hampton, and Donald and Vivian Weilerstein. He has also studied at the Orford Arts Center in Canada with Michael Frischenschlager of the Universität fur Musik in Vienna, Masuko Ushioda of New England Conservatory, and Jean-Pierre Wallez of the Conservatoire de Musique de Génève. Abe was a prizewinner in the NH Philarmonic Competition, the UNH Symphony Competition, the Rhode Philharmonic Competition, and the International Chamber Music Foundation of New England Competition.