The annual Free Family Concert is sponsored by Southeastern Nephrology Associates in memory of Dr. Gary Hyman, and features a solo performance by the Junior Division winner of the 39th Annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition, Amelia Smith, violin, accompanied by the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra. Also on the concert will be the Girls’ Choir of Wilmington, directed by Sandy Errante.
Dr. Richard R. Deas, for whom the student concerto competition is named and in whose memory it continues, helped create the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra in 1971. As the then-Chair of the UNCW Department of Music he assisted in developing the competition in 1976 as a way to give talented young musicians an opportunity to perform with a symphony orchestra.
Amelia Smith is 12 years old, and homeschooled in the 8th grade. She has studied Suzuki violin since she was 3 and has attended several fiddle camps. She started playing with the Stevenson-Stohl Studio Tour Group when she was 9. In 2014, she attended the Lamar Stringfield Honors Music Camp at Meredith College. She plans to continue studying violin and is currently working on forming a quintet with her sister and some friends. Amelia also enjoys ballet, drawing, knitting, sewing, making jewelry, swimming and biking.