Young Artist Auditions

Save the date! The 2019 Young Artist Auditions will be Sunday, February 17!

Where: Rowland Taylor Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center (Room 134) California State University, Chico

For audition information, contact
Ailsie McEnterggart: 530-342-1176 or amcenteggart@csuchico.edu
North State Symphony: 530-898-5984 or symphony@csuchico.edu

Deadline for applications is February 12, 2019

Information Packet
Application Packet

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


Past Finalists

2017

High School
1st Place – Jet Glover - Violin - Arcata High School
2nd Place – Eric Whitmer - Marimba - Palo Cedro High School

College
1st Place – Natasha Czajka - Voice - San Francisco Conservatory of Music
2nd Place – Kira Weiss - Cello - Humboldt State University
Honorable Mention - John Maich - Violin - San Francisco Conservatory of Music

2016

High School
1st Place – Diego Bustamante - Piano - Progressive Schoolhouse
2nd Place – Ben Harper - Piano - Trinity High School
Honorable Mention - Sarah Krudler - Voice - Chico High School

College
1st Place – Anna Perkins - French Horn - CSU Chico
2nd Place – Christopher Sullivan - Voice - Butte College

2015

High School
1st Place – Brianna Ruiz – Violin – Homeschooled
2nd Place – Celeste Peña – Violin – Shasta High School

College
1st Place – Amanda Edwards - Voice – CSU Chico
2nd Place – Anna Perkins – French Horn – CSU Chico

2014

High School
1st Place – Ellie Rose Lundberg – Flute – Freedom Academy
2nd Place – Brianna Ruiz – Violin – Homeschooled

College
1st Place – Ryan McGaughey - Piano – Humboldt State University
2nd Place – Adriana Jimenez – Clarinet  – CSU Chico
2nd Place – Elizabeth Nice – Voice – CSU Chico

2013

High School
1st Place – Kira Weiss – Cello – Ataca High School
2nd Place – Diego Bustamante - Piano – Progressive Schoolhouse
2nd Place – Ellie Rose Lundberg - Flute – Freedom Academy

College
1st Place – Christopher Navarrete – Trumpet – CSU Chico
2nd Place – Adriana Jimenez – Clarinet – CSU Chico

2012

High School
1st Place – Nellie Ponarul – Violin– Pleasant Valley High School
2nd Place - John Maich – Violin - Stella Maris High School

College
1st Place – Heather Rice – Voice – CSU Chico
2nd Place – Adriana Jimenez – Clarinet – CSU Chico

2010

High School
1st Place – Anthony Polcari – Cello – Shasta High School

College
1st Place – Molly Mahoney – Voice – San Francisco Conservatory of Music

2008

High School
1st Place – Adriel Taslim – Violin – American Christian Academy
2nd Place - Emma Lundberg – Violin - Chico High School
2nd Place - Anthoni Polcari – Cello - Shasta High School

2007

High School
1st Place - Chelsea Morden – Violin -  North Coast Prep and Performing Arts Academy
2nd Place - Adriel Taslim – Violin - American Christian Academy

College
1st Place - Ayako Nakamura – Trumpet – CSU Chico
2nd Place - George Hayes - Violin – CSU Sacramento

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