Young Artist Auditions


2022 Young Artist Auditions

Application Deadline: Saturday, January 29

Young Artist Auditions: Sunday, February 6, 2022 @ 12pm | Chico, CA | Rowland Taylor Recital Hall Room 134| Performing Arts Center (PAC) |

Online Application (junior high and high school) 2022 YAA Application

Online Application (college applicants only) HERE (fillable)

RULES AND MUSIC LIST

for more information, contact:
Ailsie McEnteggart: 530-342-1176 or amcenteggart@csuchico.edu
North State Symphony: 530-898-5984 or symphony@csuchico.edu

sponsored by:
The Chico Guild – North State Symphony and
The North State Symphony League of Redding


Young Artist Auditions 2021 Results

The North State Symphony is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Virtual Young Artist Auditions. The Young Artist Auditions 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 2021 YAA were Ayako Nakamura, section trumpet of NSS and past YAA winner; Anthoni Polcari, section cello of NSS and past YAA winner; and Dash Waterbury, vocalist and educator. Music Director Scott Seaton acted as artistic adviser.

 The winner of the High School Division was Joshua van der Veen of Elverta. He played a movement of Grieg's Concerto in A Minor for piano. Joshua is a homeschool student in the 10th grade. He wins a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2021-22 concert season.

Second place in the High School Division was won by James Johnston, violin, of Anderson. James played Saint Saens' "Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso." He wins a cash prize.

The College/University Division featured two second place winners. Vocalist Brooklyn Becker, a Junior at CSU, Chico, performed Strauss' "Mein Herr Marquis" and Mozart's "Laudete Dominum." Vocalist Sarah Harris, a Freshman at Shasta College, performed Mozart's "O Zittre Nicht" and Puccini's "Un bel di, vedremo." They each win a cash prize.

The Young ArtistAuditions are a project of the Chico Guild ~ North State Symphony, which awards the High School Division prizes. The North State Symphony League of Redding awards the College/University Division prizes.

Congratulations to all contestants, and to all those who helped make this year's virtual audition a success. 

Brooklyn Becker, voice
2nd Place
College Division

Sarah Harris, voice
2nd Place
College Division

Joshua van der Veen, piano
1st Place
High School Division

James Johnston, violin
2nd Place
High School Division


Past Finalists

2020

High School
1st Place – Sophia Lin Hackler - Piano - University Preparatory School Redding
2nd Place – Allie Braito - Piano - Cottonwood

College

1st Place –  Yanting Yu - piano -
1s Place – Valdis Birznieks - Voice - CSU, Chico

2019

High School
1st Place – Oliver Moore - Piano - Inspire School of the Arts and Science
2nd Place – Kaite Braito - Violin - Cottonwood

College

1st Place – Kevin Anderson - Voice - CSU, Humboldt
2nd Place – Valdis Birznieks - Voice - CSU, Chico

2018

High School
1st Place – Eric Whitmer - Marimba - Palo Cedro High School
2nd Place – Oliver Moore - Piano - Inspire School of the Arts and Science
Honorable Mention -  Joshua Arce -  Alto Saxophone - Colusa

College
1st Place – Chuang Li - Piano - Humboldt State University
2nd Place – Xiaowen Xu - Piano - Humboldt State University
Honorable Mention - Valdis Birznieks - Voice - CSU Chico

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
2nd 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 – Arcata 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 – Anthoni 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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