West Allis Central High School’s Cecelia Santiago Named Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner for a Fourth Time

West Allis Central High School’s Cecelia Santiago Named Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner for a Fourth Time
Posted on 02/01/2021
This is the image for the news article titled  West Allis Central High School’s  Cecelia Santiago Named Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner for a Fourth TimeOn Saturday, January 30, 2021 Cecelia Santiago, an 11th grade Orchestra student at West Allis Central High School, was named a winner in the MYSO Senior Symphony’s Concerto Competition.

This year, Santiago played the violin and performed the first movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, whose 250th birthday is being celebrated by musicians around the world this year. In 2018, she was the winner on violin for MYSO Philharmonia and also received the Metropolitan Honorable Mention on viola.  In 2017, Santiago won the Sinfonia Concerto Competition playing viola (pictured) and in 2016, she won playing violin in the String Orchestra Concerto Competition.  

Daughter of Edwin and Jessie Santiago of West Allis, Cecelia has loved music from an early age.  According to her mother, “Cecelia started playing violin in first grade then took up the viola in fifth grade.  She talks about a career in music now.  We are very proud of her.”

“Cecelia has always been diligent at practicing and honing her craft.  She is humble about her talents and abilities, and as a leader is always willing to help her classmates.  She wants what's best for the orchestra as a whole and helps represent our music program in a positive way,” said Mary Pat Michels, District Music Lead.

For Santiago, practicing and performing feels like part of her DNA.  She says she started playing violin because her sister played the instrument.  “Now music is my life and comes before everything else. I appreciate all the teachers who have helped me to get where I am today, especially Mrs. Unger, Mrs. Michels, and Mrs. Simmons and of course, my music directors at MYSO.”

“My advice for other young musicians is to keep working hard because it is something you will have for the rest of your life, and be sure to always listen to your music teachers,” adds Santiago.

Santiago will be the featured soloist with MYSO Senior Symphony in their Spring Cycle performance this coming May.