The BYU Symphony Orchestra Features Student Soloists in Concerto Night

Bassoonist Isaac Sanabria played in the Symphony Orchestra last year and is excited to return to Concerto Night as a soloist

The BYU Symphony Orchestra will feature six student soloists — the winners of the annual concerto competition for first and second-year students — in their March 5 Concerto Night. 

“These soloists represent our finest up-and-coming music majors in the BYU School of Music,” said Symphony Orchestra director Christian Smith. “The program will include works by Rachmaninoff, MacDowell, Weber, Sibelius, Barber and Puccini. It is always a pleasure for the orchestra to collaborate with such gifted musicians.”

The student musicians — Porter Fife and Avery Gunnell on piano, Judy Jacob and Audrey Quinn on violin, Ellie Warner with vocal performance and Isaac Sanabria on bassoon — were selected after an audition process during the Fall 2019 semester. 

“I really wanted to push myself beyond my musical and technical limits by auditioning for the concerto competition this year,” said Sanabria, who will perform “Andante and Hungarian Rondo” by Carl Maria von Weber. “I’ve always considered the concerto concerts to be among the most thrilling and awe-inspiring concerts held each year; it’s very exciting to hear my peers showcase their talents, and it definitely inspires me to be a better musician.”

Sanabria — who studies bassoon under Smith — was in the Symphony Orchestra for last year’s Concerto Night and is excited to now step into the role of a soloist. He hopes that his performance will help bring attention to the bassoon as a solo instrument.

“I am so humbled and excited for the chance to perform this piece with the Symphony Orchestra because it will give me the opportunity to introduce the bassoon to many people who have perhaps not heard it as a solo instrument before,” he said. 

For Sanabria, the yearly Concerto Night is an example of the many opportunities for students in the School of Music to receive preparatory experiences for their eventual careers. 

“I’m so grateful to be surrounded by such incredible musicians every single day and to have an amazing teacher who has prepared me not only for this competition and performance, but for my future career as a professional musician and teacher,” said Sanabria. “Everyone in the School of Music has been so supportive of each other, contributing to the creation of a unique environment that both challenges and uplifts each person musically and individually.” 

Tickets and Show Details

Performance Dates and Times: March 5 | 7:30 p.m.

Location: de Jong Concert Hall

Price: $6-7 

Tickets: Available in person at the BYU HFAC or Marriott Center Ticket Office, by phone at (801) 422-2981 or online at