A Lifelong Love for Music

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Ronkonkoma Middle School seventh-grade student Katlyn Smith has utilized her musical talent as an outlet for creativity, and that passion has earned her several impressive honors in the past several years, including most recently being declared winner of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition based on her incredible violin skills. 

At just 6 years old, Katlyn was the youngest musician to join the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, in addition to starting The Smith Sisters Ensemble at the age of 7 with her sister, Ashley Smith. Playing classical instruments with such talent far exceeding expectations for their age, they attracted other young prodigies to join them. The ensemble, now consisting of 15 musicians, has played at many fundraisers, talent shows and gigs including being booked by LiveNation to play at Westbury Music Fair. 

The group enjoys recording at Sound City Cove Studios where they have played with Richie Cannata, Billy Joel’s saxophone player, and pop star Domini Monroe. Video clips of “The Smith Sisters Ensemble” are currently available to view on YouTube.
 In honor of her exceptional talents, Katlyn was awarded with a $1,500 scholarship toward the Concert Festival International Summer Tour 2018. This was awarded based on her beautiful performance on the piano at Carnegie Hall in the program “Celebrating Ninth Season Opening” Concert this past November. 

Katlyn’s passion for music extends beyond her study of the violin, as she also plays the piano. “Violin is much harder than the piano because I’m playing at NYSSMA Level 6 in violin and NYSSMA Level 4 in piano, but I still highly enjoy both,” said Katlyn. 
 Additionally, Katlyn recently performed at the Steinway Piano Gallery and played concertos on both her violin and a Steinway grand piano. This spring, Katlyn will have the honor of playing with the Nassau County’s North Shore Symphony Orchestra and will be performing with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at the Tilles Center and Carnegie Hall.
Katlyn would like to thank her parents, along with instructors and arrangers; Ronkonkoma Middle School Orchestra Director Michael Murphy, Anton Polezhayev, Yelena Polezhayev, Vladimir Polezhayev, Steven Cordella, Ronald Dehart, arranger Michael McGough and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra for all of her successes thus far.