Trumpter Allen Moric ‘17 puts talent on display with Cleveland Youth Orchestra

by Brad Horton ’15

One of only a handful to play trumpet for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Allen Moric’s musical talent is certainly impressive.

To reach this level of accomplishment in music, Allen had to work many hard years. Allen began playing piano is second grade and then switched over trumpet in fifth grade. “It (piano) was a good stepping stone.”

Once he arrived at St. Ignatius, he immediately decided to join the band. Allen said that our school embraces the musical arts well and offers many different activities for the musically talented to get involved with.

It was the culmination of years of musical dedication that gained him a position in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. He said “everything is a solo” when playing for the orchestra.

Each note must be perfect. Practices are four hours each Saturday and three shows are played each year at Servence Hall. The Orchestra even plans to tour in China this year. “It’s really nice to work with a group of kids that embrace music as much as I do,” Allen said.

Allen’s accomplishments are not limited to a membership in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. He received 2 Superior ratings at Ohio Music Education Association’s Solon Ensemble Competition and composed his first original piece (a piano trio) last summer at Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory Summer Intensive (CSI). “It (CSI) was a lot of fun” Allen said.

The keys to his success have been to “practice and practice more”. Allen also wanted to thank all those who helped him such as Mr. Hamlin, Mr. Falkofsky, and especially Professor Joss.