The annual wcfsymphony Young Artists Concerto Competition was held Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Thirteen Iowa high school students from across the state participated on violin, cello, flute, Bb clarinet, and piano. Three winners were chosen from the very strong field of contestants:
- First Place – Hannah Duncan, grade 11, of Belle Plaine, IA performing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen. In addition to receiving $400 in prize money, Hannah will perform with the symphony for 4000 elementary school students on our March 30 Youth Concerts.
- Second Place – Robert Hwang, grade 11, of Sioux City, IA performing Barber’s Violin Concerto, Op. 14. Robert received a $250 prize.
- Third Place – Ryan Jeong, grade 11, of Ames, IA performing Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3, b minor. Third place prize was $150.
The competition was judged by Kathleen Sihler (principal violist, wcfsymphony), Dmitri Vorobiev (University of Northern Iowa faculty, piano), and Jason Weinberger (Artistic Director, wcfsymphony). Support for the annual event was provided members of wcfsymphony’s Upbeat volunteer corps. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s competition!