The Willmar Area Symphonic Announces the Winners of the 2016 Young Artists Competition (learn more)

Upcoming Concerts

(ticket prices below)

Sunday May 8, 2016, 3:00pm at WEAC in Willmar

Rimsky-Korsakov: Procession of the Nobles from Mlada
Puccini: O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi 
Gounod: Je veux vivre from Romeo et Juliette 
Verdi: E Sogno? o realta? from Falstaff
Weber: Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra
Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto ​​No. 3 (mvt. 1)


Verdi: Nabucco Overture
Puccini: Si, mi chiamano Mimi from La Boheme
Puccini: Quando m'en vo' from La Boheme
Tchaikovsky: Onegin’s Aria “Were I a man whom fate intended" from Eugene Onegin
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, 
Verdi: Duet: Dite alla giovine from La Traviata

Darcy Lease Gubrud and Carol Welker, soprano
Lee Roisum, baritone

​Concert duration: c. 95 minutes with a 15 minute intermission​
Conducted by Dr. Sergey Bogza​
Also featuring Young Artist Competition Winner​

Carol Welker, soprano
Versatile in opera, oratorio and concert repertoire, Carol made her Carnegie Hall debut as soprano soloist in the Mozart REQUIEM. Return engagements at Carnegie Hall  included soloist in the RUTTER MAGNIFICAT, with the composer, John Rutter, conducting the New York City Symphony. Some of her Favorite operatic roles include MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Desdemona in OTELLO (her personal favorite), Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI,. Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE, and Nedda in PAGLIACCI.. Carol had the pleasure of performing with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, under the direction of Maestro Nello Santi, as well as performances with Opera Roanoke, Southwest Virginia Opera, the National Grand Opera, Opera Northeast, Palo Opera and the Opera Classics of New Jersey to name a few.
Darcy Lease Gubrud, soprano
Darcy Lease Gubrud has over twenty years experience as a choral director, performer and college music instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in vocal performance from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa and a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Illinois, Urbana. She is ABD (All but Dissertation) in choral conducting/pedagogy from The University of Iowa. Ms. Lease Gubrud is active as a performer, clinician and adjudicator in the Willmar area. She last appeared with the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra in October of 2014 in which she performed Berlioz's Les Nuits d’Étés.
Lee Rosium, baritone
Lee began his operatic career with the New York Grand Opera, in Central Park, under the direction of Maestro Vincent La Selva, performing such roles as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Nabucco, and Germont in La Traviata. His European Debut was made with the Zurich Opera in a new production of Il Trovatore, engaged by the international conductor, Maestro Nello Santi.  Lee has performed with the Orchestra Philharmonique de Montpellier, France,  the Rome Opera at the Baths of Caracalla and in Tunisia, North Africa,and with the  Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan singing Ford in Falstaff, Germont in La Traviata and Amonasro in Aida.  In the video of Rossini's Opera, William Tell, conducted by Maestro Santi, sub-titled My Favorite Opera, Lee is featured in the title role as William Tell.
Abigail Goetzman, Young Artist Competition Winner
Abigail Goetzman is a sixteen year-old homeschool student from Spicer.  For the past four years, she has been participated in the MMTA piano competition, performing multiple times in the State Recital at the Convention Center in Minneapolis.  A former student of Gayle Marcus, Abigail currently studies piano with David Severtson of Spicer.  In addition to piano, she studies violin with Barb Swanson and has been part of the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra.  Abigail plays keyboard in the Youth for Christ Band, On Call.  She enjoys teaching piano and currently has seven students from the NLS area.
Ashley Olson, Young Artist Competition Winner
Ashley is a senior at Willmar Senior High. She's been playing her clarinet since 5th grade, and plans to continue playing as she attends Concordia College in Moorhead for music education. She's attended All-State Band on clarinet and the CLC Jazz Festival on tenor sax, both for 2 years. Music has been a big part of her life, but she also enjoys dancing, swimming, and adventuring/being outside.

Tickets at the door

  • Adult $10
  • Family Pack 2 adults and unlimited number of children $25
  • Students 5-18 $5
  • Under 5 Free

Season Tickets

  • Adults $32
  • Students (5-18) $15
  • Family Pack for 2 adults and an unlimited number of children $85

The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra is a 501 (C) (3) non profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.