Luca Del Negro
Luca Del Negro

Luca Del Negro, pianist with the Rose Tree Pops orchestra, passed away on August 3, 2020. Luca was with the Pops shortly after it’s inception by Jeanne Bell in 1985. During his tenure with the orchestra, Luca instituted an annual Youth Soloist Concerto Competition, writing the grants and working with countless students over the years.

The Rose Tree Pops is honored to name their annual highlighting of youth talent, The Luca Del Negro Youth Soloist Competition. Sorely missed by his family, colleagues, students, and members of the Rose Tree Pops Orchestra, Luca’s amazing musicianship and kindness will live on through those he touched.

Luca began his teaching career in 1957, teaching Junior and Senior High School instrumental music in Springfield (Delaware County, PA). During Luca’s tenure at Springfield High School, the band and orchestra received many accolades including two gold medals won by the band at a world festival in Holland. The dance band was invited to play at the New York World’s Fair. The band also played at the inauguration of the Phillies Veterans Stadium. Locally, Springfield hosted numerous District and Regional Band and Orchestra Festivals as well as host for the Eastern State Pennsylvania Orchestra Festival. Luca was also president of PMEA District 12 for two years. He was a member of PSEA, PMEA, PSAR, MENC and Phi Beta Music. Luca was a library volunteer (Exton, PA) and a long time member of the Rose Tree Pops Orchestra. Luca attributes much of the success of his students to his friends and colleagues Joseph Salatino and Richard Miller.

Information

For the past sixteen seasons, Rose Tree Pops has conducted their youth soloist competition. The soloist is selected from area schools and performs his or her solo during the orchestra's Spring Concert.

For our 2019-2020 season, we conducted auditions and were able to select two excellent youth soloists. We are so disappointed that these solists were unable to perform with us this spring and summer due to our concerts being cancelled because of the Covid-19 virus. You can find more info about our soloists on our Current Winners page.

Please check back later for more details on our 2020-2021 season auditions.

Previous Winners

  • 2020 - Jung Me Lee, Violin Concerto No. 4, Op.31 by Henri Vieuxtemps
  • 2020 - Grace Samaha, Concertino for Flute, Op 107 by Cécile Chaminade
  • 2019, May 19 - Joseph Kang, Piano Concerto No. 2, Op 18 (First Movement) by Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • 2018, April 28 - Erica Westcott, Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K.V. 313 (Allegro Maestoso) by W. A. Mozart
  • 2017, April 23 - Alisa Borisovsky, Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
  • 2016, May 20 - Sashe He, Cello Concerto #1 in G minor, Op 49 (First Movement) by Dmitry Kabalevsky
  • 2015, April 26 - Tanavi Prabhu, Oboe Concerto in C major, K.V. 314 (Allegro aperto) by W.A. Mozart
  • 2014, May 18 - Daniel Kim, Violin Concerto #2, Op 22 by Henryk Wieniawski
  • 2014, May 18 - Maryann Han, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 (First Movement) by Edvard Grieg
  • 2013, May 19 - David McCafferty, Flute Concerto #1 in G major by W.A Mozart
  • 2012, April 15 - Sophie Fortunato, Concerto #1 for Violin, Op 26 (Finale: Allegro Energico) by Max Bruch
  • 2012, April 15 - Nicole Ozdowski, Concertino for Flute, Op 107 by Cécile Chaminade
  • 2011, April 3 - Rebekah Powell, A Trumpeter’s Lullaby by Leroy Anderson
  • 2010, April 25 - Jessica Fennelly, G Major Concerto for Flute & Orchestra (Allegro Maestoso) by W. A. Mozart
  • 2009, March 29 - Jamie Yerim Lee, A Major Violin Concerto #5, (First Movement) by W. A. Mozart
  • 2008, April 13 - Mac Robinson, E Minor Cello Concerto, Op 85 (Movement IV) by Sir Edward Elgar
  • 2007, May 20 - Joseph Dvorak, Concertino for Clarinet, Op 26 by Carl Maria von Weber
  • 2006, April 23 - Irene Moretto, A Minor Piano Concerto, Op 16 (Allegro molto moderato) by Edvard Grieg
  • 2005, April 17 - Marsha Bowe, D Major Flute Concerto, K.V. 314 (Allegro Maestoso) by W. A. Mozart
  • 2005, April 17 - Christopher Burkhart, Concerto for Trumpet, (Allegro) by Joseph F. Haydn
Roberta with Daniel
Dr. Roberta Winemiller with Daniel Kim, 2014 Youth Competition Winner