Young Artist Auditions

Young Artist Auditions 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 12:00pm
Performing Arts Center, CSU Chico
Download 2018 Information and Application HERE

The Young Artists Auditions are a project of the Chico Guild ~ North State Symphony, which awards the High School Division prizes. The North State Symphony League of Redding provides the College-University Division Prizes.

Each year the Chico Guild - North State Symphony and the North State Symphony League of Redding, in conjunction with the conductor of the North State Symphony, cosponsor the annual Young Artists Auditions. The competition consists of a High School Division for students in grades 7 through 12 and a College/University Division.

Winners in each division receive a cash award and a chance to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2018-19 concert season. Second-place winners in each division receive a cash award.

Many of the most talented young musicians in northern California have participated in these auditions. They gave outstanding performances. The Guild and League promote efforts to nurture and support talented young musicians who are serious about classical music. We would like to encourage teachers to help prepare their most promising students for the Young Artists Auditions and students to work with their teachers.


YAA 2017 Results

The North State Symphony is happy to announce the results of the 2017 Young Artist Auditions. The YAA honors young musicians in the North State, both instrumental and vocal. The competition has two divisions, High School and College/University.

The judges of the YAA were Keith Herritt, viola and former ED of the NSS; Candace LiVolsi, principal harp of the NSS; and Susie Lundberg, principal oboe of the NSS. Music Director Scott Seaton acted as artistic adviser.

The winner of the High School Division was Jet Glover of Bayside. He played a movement of a Mozart's Concerto in D Major for violin. Jet is a senior at Arcata High School. He wins a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2017-2018 season.

Second prize in the High School Division was won by Eric Whitmer, marimba, of Palo Cedro.

The winner of the College/University Division was Natasha Czajka, soprano. Natasha is from Redding and is a senior at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She sang "C├Ącilie" by Richard Strauss and "Tu che di gel sie cinta" from Puccini's Turandot. She wins a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2017-2018 season.

Second prize in the College/University Division was won by Kira Weiss, cello, from Humboldt State University. An honorable mention was also given to John Maich, violin, from Redding and attending the SF Conservatory of Music.


YAA 2016 Results

The North State Symphony is happy to announce the results of the 2016 Young Artist Auditions. The YAA honors young musicians in the North State , both instrumental and vocal. The competition has two divisions, High School and College-University.

The judges of the YAA were Scott Seaton, Music Director of the North State Symphony; Daun Weiss, soprano; and Joel Quivey, violin/viola.

The winner of the High School Division was Diego Bustamante of Paradise. He played a movement of a Mozart Piano Concerto. Diego is an 11th grader attending the Progressive Schoolhouse in Chico. Diego wins a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2016-2017 season.

Second prize in the High School Division was won by Ben Harper of Weaverville, piano, of Weaverville. A special Honorable mention was awarded to Sarah Krulder, soprano, of Chico.

In the College-University Division, two co-equal Second prizes were awarded to Anna Perkins, horn and Christopher Sullivan, a tenor singer. Anna attends CSU, Chico and Christopher attends Butte College.

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Diego Bustamante, piano - YAA 2016 winner, high school division

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Ben Harper, piano - YAA 2016 2nd place, high school division