SDSC’s Young Artists Competition was a blast!

The piano division evaluations of the Young Artist Competition took place on November 6 in person in the afternoon in Scripps Miramar Ranch Library. Twenty students from four studios competed in five categories according to the difficulty level of their repertoire. Each student performed one memorized composition. Pieces represented each of the four keyboard periods from the Baroque to the Contemporary period. After the evaluator, Dr. Sonya Schumann, announced the winners students received a participation certificate,a trophy, and a written evaluation of their performance. First place winners received a cash award. The students performed in front of a very appreciative audience of about twenty people. All safety protocols were observed as all attendees checked in with their COVID waiver forms and everyone wore masks at all times. Students’ hands were sanitized before they played, and the piano keyboard was disinfected between the performers. Everyone present enjoyed hearing live music again, and the competition was a great opportunity for students to return to performing in front of a real audience!
The recorded entries in the string division of the Young Artist Competition were evaluated virtually by Zachary Reaves. There were several entries from 3 studios in 3 categories : Orchestra (2) Ensemble (2) and String Solo (15). A total of 35 students participated playing cello, violin, viola. They received a certificate, a trophy and a written evaluation, and the winners received a cash award. The virtual performances of participants can be viewed on the San Diego South Chapter YouTube channel.

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