North Shore High School senior Fiona Shonik has been selected as the winner of the 2020 Marguerite Suozzi Music Scholarship, a $3,000 prize awarded annually to an outstanding young Long Island musician by Morgan Park Summer Music Festival. Members of the Nassau County Museum Educators Association administer the contest and select the winner.
Fiona will attend Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music in the fall, double majoring in trumpet performance and music education. David A. Soto, director of bands at North Shore High School, called Fiona “…one of the finest trumpet players I have had the honor to make music with.” She plans to make a career in music education, remarking: “Building positive relationships with curious young musicians is something that I will never get tired of; they inspire me to continue growing both as a person and as an artist.”
In addition to her high school’s orchestras, Fiona has performed with the Long Island Youth Orchestra, the Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts Wind Symphony, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Northwinds Symphonic Band. She was an orchestra principal in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 All-County Music Festival at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and a band and symphony member at the All-County Music Festivals for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, also held at Tilles Center. In Feb., Fiona participated in a tour of Greece with the North Shore High School Wind Symphony and in 2018, toured Portugal, also with the North Shore High School Wind Symphony.
Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, which marked its 60th anniversary in 2019, is a not-for-profit organization, administered by an all-volunteer team to present free concerts in Morgan Park each summer weekend. These seasons of professional, family-oriented performances are funded entirely through tax-deductible contributions by businesses and individuals; no taxpayer funds are sought or used.
The Marguerite Suozzi Young Performers Talent Competition is named in honor of Morgan Park Summer Music Festival’s late long-time chairwoman who inaugurated the annual competition to recognize and reward talented young musicians who reside in Nassau County. Under Suozzi’s leadership, this competition became central to the organization’s mission to the community.