All smiles for 2021 Rotary Music Festival Rose Bowl winner Josie Hoffarth


“It was definitely different having to record yourself instead of having live classes but the adjudicators were great in making our adjudications feel very meaningful and I got great advice from them,” says the 17-year-old.

Hoffarth was one of five people to perform at the Rose Bowl concert on March 19. A pianist, Hoffarth performed Clair de lune by Debussy and Rhapsody in G Minor by Brahms.

Also performing at the Rose Bowl were Debasri Jena (Speech), Lucas Semrau (Musical Theatre and Vocal), Denis Kim (Chamber and Violin/Viola) and Laec Lorentzen (Chamber). Semrau was runner-up for his Musical Theatre performance.

“For the Rose Bowl, it was definitely different not having a full crowd but making a live stream for people to watch was awesome because I felt a lot of support from friends and family and saw the messages they would put on the live stream,” Hoffarth says.

She says the experience of playing in the Rose Bowl already was already incredible and winning made it more exciting.

“Performing with all the other performers that night was super awesome and special and I’ll always remember it.”

Hoffarth praised festival director Delynne Lorentzen for setting everything up this year.

“We are so lucky to have Delynne this probably wouldn’t have been possible without her. I appreciate all the work she put into it and making it still feel special.”

A senior at Crescent Heights High School, Hoffarth says she hopes to always play the piano and music will always be a part of her life.

You can watch the Rose Bowl performances and the March 21 Stars of the Festival concert on the MH Rotary Festival Facebook page.

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