Young Artist Auditions

2021 Audition Information

Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021 (tentative)
Location: TBA

In the event of continued restrictions on public gatherings and events in 2021, alternative audition formats will be announced.

Deadline for application: TBA

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

2020 Information Packet
2020 Application

*College applicants only* for online fill-able application please e-mail: symphonyassistant@csuchico.edu


Young Artist Auditions 2020 Results

The North State Symphony is pleased to announce the results of the 2020 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 Music Director Scott Seaton, vocalist Daun Weiss, and violinist Joel Quivey.

 The winner of the High School Division was Sophia Lin Hackler, piano, of Red Bluff. She played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, movement 1. Sophia is in 8th grade and attends University Preparatory School in Redding. She wins a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2020-21 concert season.

 Second prize in the High School Division was won by Allie Braito, piano, of Cottonwood. Allie performed movement 1 of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor.

 There were two winners of the College/University Division. Valdis Birznieks, baritone, a senior at CSU, Chico, performed Humperdinck's "Ach, wir armen Leute." Yanting Yu, piano, a sophomore at CSU, Humboldt, performed the first movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto in C minor. They both win a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2020-21 concert season.

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 provides the College/University Division prizes.

We express our warmest congratulations to all participants, and our thanks to the judges and volunteers for a successful audition.

Yanting Yu, piano
1st Place
College Division

Valdis Birznieks, voice
1st Place
College Division

Sophia Lin Hackler, piano
1st Place
High School Division

Kaite Braito, piano
2nd Place
High School Division


Past Finalists

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, Chico
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 -  from Colusa

College
1st Place – Chuang Li - Piano - Humboldt State University
2nd Place – Xiaowen Xu - Piano - Humboldt State Universit
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
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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