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Women’s Symphony Association Announces Winners
LANCASTER, Pa. – The Women’s Symphony Association in partnership with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has announced the winners of its 2015 Instrumental Music Competition finals held March 15 in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts at Franklin and Marshall College. First-place winner was Ami Hatori, daughter of Akiko Hatori Schalow. The 8th grader at Conestoga Middle School performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. She received a $4,000 scholarship from the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and a $600 cash prize from the Women’s Symphony Association. She will perform with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra at the Symphonic Youth Concert at McCaskey High School and Lancaster Bible College this May as well as for the Women’s Symphony Association annual event.
Second-place winner was Drew Peris, son of Don and Karen Peris. He performed Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons on the violin. The junior at Lancaster Catholic High School received a $400 cash prize.
Third-place winner was Anyi Cai whose guardian is Dr. Xun Pan. She performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C. The junior at Lancaster Mennonite School received a $300 cash prize.
Other competition finalists were Emelyn Hatch, cello; Ruby Rublesky, piano; and Gabrielle Claus, piano. All finalists received a medallion from the Women’s Symphony Association. The annual competition is open to all Lancaster County students in grades seven through twelve, except for former first-place winners in the Senior Division competition. The purpose of the competition is to discover, encourage and reward students who display superior musical ability.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO 2014 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COMPETITION WINNERS
The Women’s Symphony Association (WSA) congratulates winners of its 2014 Instrumental Music Competition. The final round of competition was held Sunday, March 9, in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts at Franklin and Marshall College. At that time, winners were announced and prizes awarded.
First place winner is Jingyuan Gao of Beijing, China. He performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op 25. Jingyuan is in 11th grade at Lancaster Mennonite School and studies music with Dr. Xun Pan. He receives a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year) from the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, to major in music education or performance at any United States college or university. He also receives a $300 cash prize from the Women’s Symphony Association and will perform in the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s Music Discovery series this spring and for a Women’s Symphony Association event.
Second place winner is Camilla Yoder, daughter of James Yoder and Pamela Artz. She performed Williams’ Oboe Concerto. Camilla is in 12th grade at Manheim Township High School and studies music with Kathy Horein and Jeff O’Donnell. She receives a $200 cash prize from WSA.
Third place winner is Katherine Snyder, daughter of Dave and Jolene Snyder. She performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op 19 . Katherine is homeschooled in the 12th grade and studies music with Rosemary Blessing. She receives a $100 cash prize from WSA.
Other Instrumental Music Competition finalists are two violinists: Lisa Kong and Alyssa Kim. All finalists receive a medallion from the Women’s Symphony Association. The annual competition is open to all Lancaster County students in grades 7-12, with the exception of former first place winners.
The Instrumental Music Competition is a hallmark event of the non-profit Women’s Symphony Association which dedicates it efforts to promote classical music to Lancaster County youth. Judges for this year’s competition were Dr. Simon Andrews, director of music at Highland Presbyterian Church, Vera Volchanksy, orchestra director with the Millersville University Orchestra, and David Schneider, professor of oboe at Drexel University’s Westphal college of Media Arts and Design and The College of New Jersey.
Winners in the 2014 Instrumental Music Competition, sponsored by the Women's Symphony Association in partnership with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, are (left to right): Jingyuan Gao, first place; Camilla Yoder, second place; and Katherine Snyder, third place.
Finalists in the 2014 Instrumental Music Competition are (left to right: Jungyuan Gao, Camilla Yoder, Katherine Snyder, Lisa Kong, and Alyssa Kim.