WORTHINGTON - Ethan Hyvari has added a lot to his portfolio since he last sat down with The Globe a year ago during Autism Awareness Month.
Most recently, the Worthington High School junior was among 20 young music composers chosen in a composer’s apprenticeship competition to have their unique pieces performed professionally by musicians of the Dakota String Quintet and Dakota Wind Quintet in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Prior to the professional musicians playing his piece, “Childhood,” Hyvari was invited to the stage to tell the audience in the Washington Pavillion’s Belbas Theatre about his composition written for the wind quintet.
“It’s a great experience to do that,” said the 17-year-old, the son Ron Hyvari and Karrie Scholtes, of being able to give the audience more context about a musical piece before hearing it.
As part of the composer’s apprenticeship experience, Hyvari was also mentored by Theodore Wiprud, a composer and educator based out of Brooklyn, N.Y., who’s known for his role as the vice president of education at the New York Philharmonic. He was also able to further form a relationship with South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Music Director Delta David Gier.
The March concert in Sioux Falls wasn’t the only time within the last year Hyvari’s musical talents were recognized.
Last July, Hyvari submitted an original composition in a youth composition competition for the Minnesota Sinfonia. He remembers getting a phone call from the MN Sinfonia Executive and Artistic Director Jay Fishman.
“He said, ‘Ethan, your piece has potential and I’d like to play it,’” Hyvari said, adding that he was also compensated for the piece.
Hyvari is thankful for the opportunities he’s been given, which he’s worked hard for.
During his sophomore year of high school, Hyvari enrolled in AP Music Theory.
Last summer, he attended the Black Hills State University Rushmore Music Festival. The two-week composer’s academy had students writing music surrounded by one of South Dakota’s most iconic landscapes.
At the camp, Hyvari wrote music for a string trio and a string quartet. The quartet piece, “The Crow,” was also professionally recorded.
Hyvari is musically engaged closer to home as well. On Friday, he performed a piece based on a hymnal for the Good Friday service at Indian Lake Baptist Church.