Senior Honor Recital: A Special Video Presentation

Video Presentation available at 1:00 p.m. on JMKAC's Vimeo Page

Join us for a virtual presentation by the 2020 winners of the Senior Honor Recital, a prestigious competition featuring the area’s finest student musicians (bios below). Melany Rice, flute; Leonardo Viglietti, flute; Evan Vorpahl, baritone; and Christopher Zhang, piano, will each present a selection specially chosen for this virtual concert:

Melany Rice: Morceau de Concours, by Gabriel Fauré

Leonardo Viglietti: Hypnosis, by Ian Clarke

Evan Vorpahl: Stars, from Les Miserables

Christopher Zhang: Prelude in C# Minor, Op. 3, No. 2, by Sergei Rachmaninoff

This year marks the fiftieth year of the program, which is open to students residing in Sheboygan County. This year’s four winners were selected from a pool of talented musicians who auditioned for the competition in February.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center thanks the Michibago Music Teachers Association, Barry and Tricia Marton, and the Lakeland University Music Department for their interest in and generous awards given for this event.

All ages

The video will also be made available on the Senior Honor Recital webpage and the JMKAC Facebook page.


Photo:  2020 Senior Honor Recital winners (from left) Leo Viglietti, Evan Vorpahl, Melany Rice, and Christopher Zhang.












Melany Rice
Sheboygan South High School

Rice began playing flute in fourth grade. In high school, she studied with Alea Erickson and Cathy Perronne of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. Rice has performed with many local musical groups, including the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony, the Sheboygan Pops Band, South High Singers, and North/South Musicals. She was accepted into the Wisconsin State Honors Band last summer. Rice plans to study music and French in Europe, and plans to eventually earn master’s and doctoral degrees in music history or musicology.


Leonardo Viglietti
Sheboygan North High School

Viglietti began playing piano at age 7, oboe at 10, and shortly after, flute and clarinet. He began flute studies with Cathy Perronne of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and now studies with Jeani Marein, retired principal flutist for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Honors include winning the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony Young Musician Competition in 2018 (oboe) and 2019 (clarinet); the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Philharmonia Concerto Competition (flute); and the 2018 French Woods’ Concerto Night (flute). He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in flute performance, and has won a four-year tuition-waver award to the University of Wisconsin-Madison or -Milwaukee.


Evan Vorpahl
Sheboygan North High School

Vorpahl, a baritone, joined the Lakeshore Youth Chorale at age 10 and has been singing in choirs and theater groups ever since. He studies with Karen Christopherson, North’s choir director. He received the Exemplary Tenor Solo Award in the 2017 and 2019 State Solo and Ensemble competitions, and in 2018 participated in the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association All State Choir. Vorpahl plans to attend Lakeland University in the fall, majoring in vocal performance and elementary education.


Christopher Zhang
Kohler High School

Zhang began playing piano at age 7, and has studied with both Arthur Johnson and Diana Shapiro, his current teacher. In June of 2019, he performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and received honorable mention and runner-up awards in the State Badger music competition for two consecutive years. Zhang plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and either double-major or minor in music.