Young Artist Auditions

Young Artist Auditions 2018 Results

The North State Symphony is happy to announce the results of the annual 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 North State Symphony musicians Ryan Heimlich, clarinet; Robert Zadra, cello; and Cara Okano Herrick, piano. Music Director Scott Seaton acted as artistic advisor.

The winner of the High School Division was Eric Whitmer, marimba, of Palo Cedro. He played two movements from Ney Rosauro's Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra. Eric is a junior at Foothill High School. He wins a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2018-2019 season.

Second prize in the High School Division was won by Oliver Moore, piano, of Chico. Oliver performed Liszt's "Totentanz." An honorable mention was also given to Joshua Arce, alto saxophone, from Colusa.

The winner of the College/University Division was Chuang Li, piano, a junior at Humboldt State University. He performed the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1. He wins a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2018-2019 season.

Second prize in the College/University Division was won by Xiaowen Xu, piano, a freshman from Humboldt State University. She performed a movement from Schumann's Piano Concerto. An honorable mention was also given to Valdis Birznieks, voice, from CSU Chico.

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.

Chuang Li, piano
1st Place
College Division

Xiaowen Xu, piano
2nd Place
College Division

Eric Whitmer, marimba
1st Place
High School Division

Oliver Moore, piano
2nd Place
High School Division


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 "Cäcilie" 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

 

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