Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition Results Announced

We are excited to announce the results of the 2017-2018 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Our judges this year heard an unusually high number of students, and an extraordinarily high level of playing. Congratulations to each musician who participated.

The competition aside, learning a concerto movement is a worthy goal in itself—giving focus to your practice, a performance deadline, and the chance to learn important things about yourself in performing under pressure.  Of course, a concerto competition, by design, only allows a few “winners,” but anyone who grows in musicianship, and comes away from the experience with new self-knowledge, has already won a tremendous prize.

The judges chose as this year’s winners (in alphabetical order):

Isabelle Krier, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Morty Lee, Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Dexter Mott, Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Maureen Sheehan, Walton: Viola Concerto

They will perform with the Youth Orchestra in either our March or May concerts.

These students were named Honorable Mention, and are invited to perform in the Youth Honors Recital on January 12, 2018 at Oakwood Village West:

Anné Sophie Brilla, Wienowski: Polonaise Brilliante for violin
Jessica Jiang, Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in G minor
Hannah Noughani, Goosens: Oboe Concerto
Aaron Pritchard, Abe: Prism Rhapsody for Marimba
Maggie Setterstrom, Hue: Fantaisie for flute
Antonio Wu, Barber: Violin Concerto

Judges this year were Kyle Knox, Kevin McMahon, and Myung Hee Chung. They wrote very helpful comments to each participant. Participants should watch for those in the mail this week, and please discuss them with their private teacher.

On a personal note, it was thrilling to hear each participant play. Although I was not part of the adjudicating, I share the same sense of joy and being impressed with their preparation, their commitment to excellence, and their courage, as the judges expressed to me. I could not be more proud of you.

Congratulations to each of you.

Randal Swiggum
Interim Artistic Director 2017-2018

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