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(1) The first violinist of an orchestra; performs the violin solos and sometimes replaces the conductor at rehearsals. In 18th-century instrumental chamber groups, the concertmaster served as conductor.

(2) The leader of one of the string groups in an orchestra (violas, cellos, basses).

(3) A pianist who accompanies vocalists during their concert performances and helps them prepare their parts.

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She studies with Eugene Symphony concert mistress Kathryn Lucktenberg and is a sophomore at South Eugene High School.
Concert mistress Elizabeth Wallfisch was within a half-minute of completing her solo concert at the Carmel Bach Festival when the unthinkable happened: Her 300-year-old baroque violin fell apart.
An active member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Future Business Leaders, June was also an editor for the school newspaper and concert mistress of the orchestra.