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Congratulations to the talented young musicians who competed in our 2021 Young Artists Competition (YAC). This year’s winners will have the honor of performing solos with the Meridian Symphony during our 2021-22 season. We’ll also be featuring our 2020 Young Artist winners, who missed out on performing this past year because of COVID-related cancellations.

The 2021 YAC winners are: Zachary Cheng, piano, (junior division) and Truman Walker, piano, and Julia Erway, violin,(senior division).  Our 2020 YAC winners are Benjamin Gallafent, cello, (junior division) and Christian Nielsen, piano, (senior division).

Winners in the 2021 YAC division categories are:

Junior Strings Winner – Benjamin Gallafent, cello
Junior Strings Honorable Mention – Sam Gallafent, violin

Junior Piano Winner – Zachary Cheng
Junior Piano Honorable Mention – Nathan Hodson

Junior Instrumental Winner – Aidan Koch, horn

Senior Strings Winner – Julia Erway, violin
Senior Strings Honorable Mention – Sage Oto, violin

Senior Piano Winner – Truman Walker
Senior Piano Honorable Mention – Paige McCubbins
Senior Piano Honorable Mention – Ashlyn Bendorf

Senior Instrumental Winner – Sean Pogue, horn