Young Artist Auditions

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Young Artist Auditions 2022 Results

The North State Symphony is happy to announce the results of the 2022 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 violinist Joel Quivey; vocal instructor Linda Snodgrass; and North State Symphony Music Director Scott Seaton.

The winner of the High School Division was James Johnston, violin, of Anderson. He played "Introduction of Rondo Capriccioso" by Saint-Saëns. James is a sophomore at Shasta View Academy. He wins a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2022-23 concert season.

Second prize in the High School Division was won by Allie Braito, piano, of Cottonwood. Allie performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Mvt. 1. She wins a cash prize.

The winner of the College/University Division was Sarah Harris, voice, a sophomore at Shasta College. She performed "Les Oiseauxdan la charmille" by Offenbach. She wins a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the North State Symphony in the 2022-23 concert season.

Second prize in the College/University Division was won by Cassidy Winkelman, cello, from Shasta College. She performed Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor and wins a cash prize.

Congratulations to all our participants, and their instructors, for their excellent performances.

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.

photo of Sarah Harris, soprano, winner of the Young Artist Auditions, college division

Sarah Harris, voice
1st Place
College Division

photo of Cassidy Winkelman, cellist, second place winner of the Young Artist Auditions, college division

Cassidy Winkelman, cello
2nd Place
College Division

James Johnston, violinist, winner of the Young Artist Auditions, high school division

James Johnston, violin
1st Place
High School Division

Allie Braito, pianist, second place winner of the Young Artist Auditions, high school division

Allie Braito, violin
2nd Place
High School Division


Past Finalists

2021

High School
1st Place – Joshua Van Der Veen - Piano - Elverta, CA
2nd Place – James Johnston - Violin - Shasta View Academy, Anderson, CA

College

2nd Place –  Brooklyn Becker -Voice - Junior, CSU, Chico
2nd Place – Sarah Harris - Voice - Freshman, CSU, Chico

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 - CSU, Humboldt
1st 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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