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ABOUT THE YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION

 

The opportunity for a young musician to appear in concert as a soloist with a symphony orchestra is both extremely valuable and quite rare.

 

The Meridian Symphony is proud to present our 18th Annual Young Artist's Competition and registration is now open to student musicians through grade 12 from Southwest Idaho.

 

This event is scheduled on Saturday, January 27th at the Dunkley Music Recital Hall. We expect that the performance times will be between 9am and 3pm with the schedule finalized in January once everyone's availability is confirmed.

The Junior Division and Senior Division Soloist Award recipients from this competition will have the opportunity to perform with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. This is currently scheduled for our performance on May 4th (to be confirmed), 

Competition guidelines  [click here]
Competition application  [click here]  The deadline

for artist applications is January 22, 2024.

 

The Symphony always looks forward to this event and the great music being prepared and performed by the outstanding young musicians in the Treasure Valley. We expect that this year will be no different and the feedback provided by our judges will continue to assist the student performers in their musical growth.

 

For any questions about the competition, please email Louise van der Eijk (Meridian Symphony harpist and YAC organizer) directly at drvandereijk@gmail.com, subject heading: YAC.

FEEDBACK FROM PARTICIPANTS

 

The Meridian Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition is an immeasurable motivation for advanced junior high and high school students.  Students who participated prepare with such diligence that their technical and interpretive insights develop considerably.  Students who are selected to solo with the orchestra invariably mature musically as they acquire performance skills with a greater sense of artistry.  I strongly urge all serious young musicians to participate and reap the benefits from this remarkable opportunity!

— Craig Purdy, participant teacher

The Meridian Symphony Young Artist Competition provided our daughter with an exceptional opportunity to debut her musical skills. The competition itself was rewarding for all participants, who received constructive and insightful feedback from the distinguished panel of judges. The Meridian Symphony is the only organization in the Treasure Valley offering young artists this kind of supportive audition process and potential subsequent performance with a professional orchestra. Our daughter will always be grateful to the Meridian Symphony, its wonderful conductors and musicians, and its appreciative audience. 

— Michael Vandervelden, parent of YAC participant

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PREVIOUS SOLOIST AWARDS

 

2023

  • Hayoon Lee

  • Darren Liu

2022

  • Paige Malan

  • Adelyn Bendorf

2021

  • Julia Erway

  • Truman Walker

  • Zachary Cheng

2020

  • Christian Nielsen

  • Benjamin Gallafent

2019

  • Alec Tzeng

  • Gigi Finn

2018

  • Reiko Tachibana

  • Jake Curtis

2017

  • Julia Caven

  • Minjun Kwak

  • Anthony Luo

  • Christian Nielsen

2016

  • Anna Black

  • Fernando Perez

2015

  • Aubrie Church

  • Elizabeth Lee

  • Anthony Luo

2014

  • Anna Black

  • John Shieh

  • Lauren Vandervelden

2013

  • Jacqueline Audas

  • Noah Samuel Jessee

2012

  • Anna Black

  • Christa Cole

  • Ethan Davis

2011

  • Michelle Hembree

  • Nolan Nguyen

2010

  • Jacqueline Audas

  • Jiwon Kim

2009

  • Katherine Audas

  • Stephanie L’Heureux

  • Lisa Montierth

2008

  • Nicole Oswald

  • Sophie Petroski

2007

  • Katherine Audas

  • Kate Jarvis

  • Jaymeson Pon

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