Young Artist Competition
Starlight Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition is held each concert season and invites exceptional young instrumentalists, of all ages up thru high school seniors to compete for music scholarships towards their education in music. The top performers are selected as the featured soloists for the Young Artist Concerts held in the spring each season. The solo competition is open to all orchestral instruments, including brass, percussion, piano, strings, and woodwinds. Suitable pieces are solo works intended to be performed with orchestral accompaniment. Please contact Todd Sloan, Young Artist Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2019 Application & Guidelines
Sophia AyerSophia Ayer, age 16, is a sophomore at McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin, Texas.
At the age of 5 she began studying violin and she is currently under the instruction of Dr. Pasha Sabouri. She has previously been studied with violinist Sandy Yamamoto. During the summer of 2017 Sophie attended Texas Strings Festival and Encore Chamber Music where she was able to study with Jinjoo Cho, Nancy Zhou and the Ariel String Quartet.
Her awards and recognitions include being named a prizewinner in the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, Starlight Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 Young Artist Solo Competition, Wilcox Competition, Austin Symphony Concerto Competition, Pearl Amster Concerto Competition. Coltman Chamber Music Competition and was awarded Austin Chamber Music Center’s Felicity Coltman Scholarship Award for chamber music excellence and leadership. In February 2018, Sophia won 2nd place competing in the Junior division of the National Sphinx Competition for string players.
She is ranked Best in Class with Austin Independent School District Solo and Ensemble Contest for the past three years, and ranked Outstanding Soloist at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest last year. She has been a featured soloist with regional orchestras, and has acted as concertmaster for the Austin Youth Symphony and Philharmonic, as well as the McCallum HS Chamber Orchestra and the Region 18 Symphony Orchestra. Playing both the violin and viola, Sophia is an active chamber musician. Sophia has played in masterclasses with artists including Miriam Fried, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis, Jan Mark Sloman, Jinjoo Cho, Nancy Zhou, Annie Fullard, Martin Beaver, the Emerson String Quartet, and the American String Quartet. In the summer of 2016, Sophie attended the Meadowmount School of Music under the tutelage of Gerardo Ribeiro.
Outside of music, Sophia enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with her family and family. She is very excited about the prospect of a long career in music.
Sarah HenselmanSarah Henselman, age 18, is a senior at Veritas Academy.
She is an accomplished pianist with thirteen years of performing experience. Sarah comes from a family of musicians. All five of her siblings have been competitive pianists with extensive performance backgrounds. Her parents own MusicMasters Piano Showroom. Her parents are also piano teachers, and for the past several years, Sarah has joined her parents as a teacher herself in the family business.
She has competed and performed in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, and California and has earned awards in the DeBose National Piano Competition, the Baylor University Piano Competition, the Texas State Piano Competition, the United States Open Music Competition, the US International Duo Competition, the Austin Asian American Young Musicians Festival, the MCC Piano Competition, the ADMTA Scholarship Competition, and the ADMTA Solo Contest. Sarah has also earned Gold Medals for the past eleven years in the TMTA State Theory Exam and The TMTA World of Music Exam.
Her performance schedule typically encompasses fifteen to twenty performances each school year. Sarah’s musical versatility includes a wide variety of repertoire. She has performed music by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Gliere, Debussy, Ravel, Szymanowski, Prokofieff, Lecuona, Joplin, Brickman, and Yanni. She has abundant ensemble experience, performing for the past eleven years on piano ensemble teams at the TMTA Convention each June. Her collaborative piano experience includes piano duets, duos, trios, and quartets with numerous other award-winning students in competition and other adjudicated events.
Sarah is also a top-achieving student, pursuing a rigorous academic curriculum. She is currently nearing completion of a senior thesis in pursuit of the Veritas Distinguished Diploma, the highest academic honor conferred by her high school. Her college plans include international studies, economics, and an undergraduate thesis program, with a long-term goal of attending law school.
Joanna KimJoanna Kim is a junior at Vista Ridge High School in Austin, Texas. She currently studies with Jennifer Keeney.
Her awards include being named a Miyazawa Emerging Artist. She has received numerous awards since she began playing in middle school. Most recently she received first place in the 2017 MTNA Senior Woodwind competition in Texas, the South Central division, and placed third in the MTNA National Competition in Baltimore. She also placed third in the 2017 National Flute Association High School Soloist Competition. Joanna was featured on NPR’s From The Top Show 350 and is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.
She currently is a member of the Austin Harmony Youth Chamber Orchestra and Vivace Youth Orchestra.
Jiyee AhnJiyee Ahn attends 7th grade at Lamar Middle School Fine Arts Academy in Austin. She started to take violin lessons at the age of five and currently studies with Dr. Pasha Sabouri.
Jiyee accomplishments in music include, at the age 11, she was named as a first prize winner and was given the opportunity to perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She was featured on NPR’s From the Top, and she was named a Jack Kent Cooke scholarship winner. She was the first-place winner of the Alexander Buono International String Competition, and she also won the Düsseldorf’s Enkor Competition. Jiyee was one of the winners for Starlight’s Young Artists Competition in 2014. Other first place wins include the Sung-Jung Music, Seongnam City Wide Music, and KUMF Music Competitions, as well as wins in the Young Artists International Music Festival held by the Hudson Foundation, and the Eumyeon Violin Competition, which were held in South Korea. She was also the 3rd place winner of the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition held in Dallas.
She has performed with the Union City Philharmonic in New York and New Jersey, Starlight Symphony Orchestra, and the Balcones Community Orchestra in Austin, Texas.
When Jiyee is not practicing/playing the violin, she enjoys hanging out with her friends at the mall, taking artsy photography, and listening to any kind of music. Her other interests include art; specifically drawing, jump-roping, and running, and she says her best hobby is sleeping.
Margaret SeoMargaret Seo began her love for music starting at the age of five. She is a 16-year-old violinist and currently a 10th grader at Westwood High School. She studies violin with Professor Brian Lewis.
Margaret’s notable achievements began in 2010 when she was named concert mistress of the Austin Chamber Orchestra, and played a solo with the orchestra. In May 2012, she won the 7th Asian American Community Partnership Competition Junior Division, and performed her solo at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas. She won the Pearl Amster competition in 2013, which gave her opportunity to perform with the Austin Civic Orchestra, and she placed second in the Music Teachers National Association State Competition the same year. Since 2014, she has been the Region 26 concert mistress continually, and in 2016 she participated in Texas All-State Orchestra, placing fifth in the state. In 2016, she also won the Austin Symphony Youth Award, and toured with the Austin Symphony Orchestra to local high schools in Austin and was awarded the UIL Outstanding Performance Award.
Margaret is currently a member of the Chamber Music in Public Schools (CHAMPS), and placed first in the Chamber division of the Asian American Competition with her Grieg Quartet. She is also the concertmaster of the Westwood High School Orchestra.
Margaret’s favorite subject is science, and she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. In her free time, Margaret likes to go jogging and swimming.
Lillian SunLillian Sun attends 10th Grade at Westlake High School. Music entered her life on the strains of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach and continues to delight her today as she plays her violin while absorbing the grandeur of nearby hills. “I fell in love with music and the instrument very early. Practicing is always pleasurable for me,” she says, “but no matter how much work you do on a piece, you will always find something to improve on; there is no limit.”
Lillian’s musical journey continues with the upcoming performances, calling it a new and amazing adventure, she looks forward to working with the conductor and musicians.
School studies, family time and violin lessons with teacher, Molly Emerman, keep her happily busy. Science has captured her imagination for college, but music remains her home of the heart, a time to reflect. “I’m grateful for my early established connection with my instrument, and it’s where I can always turn to settle everything else going on around me, she says. “I miss it if I don’t play.”
Sophia AyerSophia Ayer attends Eighth Grade at Kealing Middle School, Austin. Music made her dance as a child and violin soon became her passion. Teacher, Sandy Yamamoto, keeps her excited. “She inspires and believes in me, “Sophia says, “and always tells me I can do whatever I am trying to, even if it’s hard.”
Musically innovative, Sophia enjoys experimenting with familiar music themes and particularly admires international violinist, Itzhak Perlman, for his musical interpretations and friendly personality. “He never plays pieces the same way twice. Other violinists may be more technically skilled, but his are the ones that give you chills, “she says.
Sophia has won many music awards, but perhaps her very special moments come on Saturday mornings as she glances at people strolling by at the Austin farmers’ market where she “busks” to raise funds for summer music camp and bring closer her dream of music conservatory. As she plays, families pause to listen and children dance. For Sophia, the circle continues.
Sydney NeugebauerThe first soloist, Sydney Neugebauer, will perform the Carl Maria von Weber Bassoon Concerto, Movements 2 and 3. Sydney is currently a senior at Dripping Springs High School and has been playing the bassoon for seven years. She has performed with the high school marching band as a drum major, a soloist with the 5A All-Region band, and with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra for four years. Sydney is looking forward to attending college in the fall with a double major in bassoon performance and journalism.
Vanessa TurnerThe second soloist, Vanessa Turner, will perform the Mozart Konzert A-Dur, Movement One. Vanessa is a Junior at New Braunfels High School and has participated in the SMART Orchestra of San Marcos, the Starlight Symphony Orchestra, a chamber group organized by Stephanie Raby, and the Region 18 Middle and High School Symphony Orchestras. This year she was in the TMEA All-State String Orchestra and she was the All-State winner in her division in 2011 and 2012.
Jiyee AhnJiyee Ahn is 9 years old and attends Lee Elementary School. She started taking violin lessons at age 5 and studied with Yuree Choi in Korea. After she moved to Austin, she has been studying with Dr. Brian Lewis, and Dr. Pasha Sabouri. Jiyee won first prize in Korea- U.S.A. Music Foundation Young Artist Competition, and as a winner, she performed with Hudson Foundation & Union City Orchestra in New York International Music Festival in 2013.
When Jiyee is not playing violin, she likes to read mysteries, watch animations, and spend time with her friends.
Jiyee would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for their love and support. Above all, she thanks God for the talent and all the blessings He has given her.
Gyu-Hee MinGyu-Hee Min, age 17, is a senior at Lake Travis High School. He began his cello career at the age of 9 and currently studies with Barbara George. Since entering high school, he has made the T M E A All-Region Orchestra four times, twice as the principal cellist. In addition, he made the T M E A All-State Orchestra four times – the Philharmonic Orchestra as a freshman, and the Symphonic Orchestra for the past three years. He then received the UIL Outstanding Performance award twice. He also performed with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra two years ago as a featured soloist.
Cello, however, is not Gyu-Hee’s only instrument; he is also an accomplished clarinetist. He received a division 1 at UIL Solo and Ensemble competition with the clarinet two years in a row and was the first chair clarinetist for the All-Region Band twice as well. He plays clarinet in the LTHS Cavalier Band, and was also featured as the soloist on the electric cello during the past two state marching competition seasons. He plays cello and clarinet for the C H A M P S (Chamber Music in Public Schools) group at school. He enjoys playing music for others at senior homes, church, and other community events.
He would like to thank his family and friends for encouraging and supporting him throughout the past 4 years of his high school career. Their continuous support has helped him immensely. He would also like to thank his teachers for their hard work in teaching everything up until now. Special thanks to the Starlight Symphony for this amazing opportunity.
Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat Major, 2nd and 3rd Mvmts…W.A. MozartTyler Neufer, age 17, is a Senior at Canyon High School. He is currently a member of Youth Orchestra of San Antonio and has been a member of the Starlight Orchestra for the past two years. He was principal horn for the TMEA 4A Area Orchestras and a member of the 4A All-State Bands in 2011 and 2012. He was in the TMEA 5A Philharmonic Area Orchestra this year and qualified for the 5A All-State Band or Orchestra making this his third time being a TMEA All-State Horn.
He was a finalist for both the Juanita Miller/Texas Assoc. of Sym. Orch. and Pearl Amster Solo Concerto Competitions. In addition to his orchestra and band honors, he has received numerous Division I ratings on his solos and ensembles at UIL Region 12 and State. In 2011, he was named Outstanding Soloist at the UIL Wind Ensemble Festival. Three years in a row, he was awarded the TMEA Music Scholar Award for meritorious performance in the areas of scholarship, musicianship and citizenship.
He has been a National Honor Society member for the past two years. He enjoys playing his horn for school choirs and other school events. Tyler currently takes lessons from Dr. Patrick Creel of Southwestern University and Marc Lumley who has been his previous teacher for the past five years.
Tyler would like to thank his family, friends and numerous teachers for all their efforts and continued support. Upon graduation, he is planning on majoring in Horn Performance.
Tabitha HoxieTabitha Hoxie is a 16-year-old homeschooled junior. She has been involved in music since age 3, when she took her first dance class and began Kindermusik. At age 6, she joined the Christian Choral Society of Austin. Today she serves as female chaplain of the high school choir and is a member of the Master’s Singers. Through CCSA she met violist Sara Driver, and at age 8 started taking violin lessons from her. Ms. Driver made it possible for Tabitha to meet and take lessons from both the late Jennifer Bourianoff, and currently Dr. Daniel Kobialka. Tabitha has also been involved with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra since 2009. Choir, orchestra, and violin are very important to Tabitha. When she’s not doing something music-related, Tabitha likes to read, write fiction, and spend time with her friends.
In college, Tabitha plans to pursue a degree in violin performance. After college she aims to perform with a professional symphony and teach.
Tabitha would like to thank all of her friends and mentors for their love and support. She thanks her teachers–all of them–for taking the time to make her a better person. She thanks her parents and sister for their constant sacrifices to make sure that she has everything she needs to be successful. Above all, she thanks her Lord Jesus for giving her the talent and the means to achieve His purpose for her life.
12 years oldBrian has been playing the violin for approximately seven years. He attends Hector P. Garcia Middle School and is currently a sixth grader. He began playing the violin since the age of 5 and has been studying with Mrs. Nina Mavrinac. He was recently named the concertmaster for the TMEA Region 11 Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of his school orchestra. He has been a member of YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) since the first grade. In YOSA, he was concertmaster for the Symphony and Capriccio orchestras, has climbed his way to the top, and is now in the Philharmonic, the top group.
Brian has won more than ten awards in the Northeast District of San Antonio Solo and Ensemble contests and attended summer music camps, such as Summer Music Institute and Suzuki camps. He is an active violinist, playing at festivals, nursing homes, and his church and works hard to do his best in the field of music. Brian would like to thank his peers, family, and his teachers for their support. Besides music, Brian is a swimmer for Alamo Area Aquatics Association (AAAA). He also enjoys being a member of his school’s Mathcounts and Science Bowl team and volunteering at swim meets.
Cellist Concerto in D Minor, 1st mvmt by Edouard LaloGyu-Hee is 15, a sophomore at Lake Travis High School. He began his cello career at the age of 9 and currently studies with Barbara George. As a freshman, he made the Region 26 Orchestra and was selected as an TMEA All-State member for the philharmonic orchestra last year. This year, he was the principal cellist at the Region 26 Orchestra and made All-State again – this time as a member of the symphonic orchestra. He received a division 1 and ‘Outstanding Perfromance Award ‘ at the Texas UIL Solo and Ensemble in 2011.
Cello, however, is not Gyu-Hee’s only instrument; he is also an accomplished clarinetist. He received a division 1 at UIL Solo and Ensemble competition with clarinet last year and was the first chair clarinetist for the All-Region Band two years in a row. He plays clarinet in the LTHS Cavalier Band, but was also featured as the soloist on the electric cello during this past marching season. He plays cello and clarinet for the CHAMPS (Chamber Music in Public Schools) group at school. He enjoys playing music for others at senior homes, his church, and other community events. Gyu-Hee would like to thank his family, friends and teachers for their support.
Clarinet Soloist Concertino Op. 26 Carl Maria von WeberTerrence Joel Peterman, age 17, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Peterman of Driftwood. “TJ”, a junior at Dripping Springs High School, is a drum major for the 2011 UIL silver medalist marching “Tiger” band and is principal clarinet in the wind ensemble. He began playing clarinet in sixth grade and has played numerous instruments in the clarinet family including bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, and contra-bass clarinet. TJ was selected for the TMEA All-Region Band for the past three years, and was named to the TMEA All-State Band in 2010 and 2012.
TJ is a student of Paula Corley and is the second student from her studio to win the Starlight Young Artist title. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a degree in music education.
TJ would like to thank his family, Paula and Al Corley, Keith Lancaster and the staff of the Dripping Springs Band Program, and his friends for their support of his musical endeavors.
Age 16Christine Anderson, age 16, is a sophomore at Canyon High School where she is first chair trombone in the varsity wind ensemble and the marching band. Christine began playing the trombone at age 10 at Crockett Middle School in Paris, Texas. She was initially inspired and encouraged to play trombone by her grandmother, Patricia Anderson, who played high school trombone in the 1940’s. In the 8th grade she won first chair in the All Comal County Middle School Honors Band. She was a TMEA All-District winner and received a Division 1 in UIL Solo and Ensemble in 2010. Most recently she won first chair in the 2011-4A All-Region Band and placed second in TMEA at Area competition. She currently studies privately with Barry Baker and Brenda Sansig and is considering trombone performance as her college major.
In addition to her participation in the Starlight Youth Orchestra, Christine is active in her church youth group and is a member of her high school Student Council and French Club. In her spare time she enjoys being with her friends and listening to music.
Christine would like to thank the Starlight Symphony, her family, and her teachers for helping make this solo experience possible for her. She considers this a great honor.
Madison JohnstonMadison Johnston’s music education began when she was four years old in a program called Kindermusic. When she was five, her parents enrolled her in piano lessons, although she did not truly come to love music until a couple of years later. At eight years old, her family moved from Dallas to Austin, Texas, where she met her current teacher, Kay Rivers Kidd, who has been a great mentor and inspiration in her life.
Over the ten years she has been playing piano, Madison has performed with local jazz musicians, participated in yearly guild auditions, and has gone to several chamber music camps. When she was eleven, she traveled to Germany to study and perform at the Robert Schumann Music Conservatory.
Her hobbies include drawing, reading, traveling, playing tennis, and shopping. In the future, she hopes to attend Julliard School of Music for an education in music as well as a degree in journalism. Her biggest aspiration is to travel the world and learn at least four languages. For now though, she is just taking her life one day at a time, and thanking God for the blessings He has given her.
Soloist Clarinet Concerto in E Flat Major Opus 36 — KrommerSarah Crowell, age 15, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Crowell and is a sophmore at Dripping Springs High School. Sarah has been playing the clarinet for four and half years. She is the principal clarinetist in the Dripping Springs High School Band which is directed by Keith Lancaster, Derek Woods, and Jason Littleton.
Sarah is a student of Paula Corley. She participates in Leo’s Club and Venture Crew activities. She wishes to continue her music studies throughout high school and college.
Sarah would like to thank her family, friends, Paula Corley, and her band directors for their encouragement and support over the years.
Soloist Concertini No. 1 for Piano — Anna AschAlek Denslow, fifteen years old, has been taking piano lessons from Vickie Pautz in Blanco, Texas for 11 years. During that time he has attended the Heart of Texas Suzuki Organization piano workshops annually, where he had the opportunity to study under other accomplished pianists, such as David Renner, Timothy Woolsey, Ralph Harrel, Doris Harrel and Betty Mallard. His musical interests also extend to other instruments. He has studied organ in the past with Professor John Schmidt of Texas State University, and is currently a violin student of Paula Bird.
Alek has played violin with the Starlight Symphony Ochestra for the past two years. He has been homeschooled all his life, and this year is taking part of his course load at Austin Community College. His interests include learning Kung Fu from Sifu Chris Denslow, weight training, reading spy novels, and chemistry.
Alek would like to thank his whole family for all their love and support: his sister Erika, for helping him practice all those years even when he didn’t want to, and his parents, for getting him started in music!
Soloist Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major (1st movement) — W.A. MozartWallis Currie-Wood, age 17, is a junior at Dripping Springs High School. She has been lucky to have violin in her life for the past 12 years, and currently studies with the wonderfully enthusiastic Aurelien Petillot.
Wallis began playing violin at the age of five with The University of Texas String Project, after being inspired by her grandmother, who has played violin since childhood. Since her String Project days, Wallis joined the Austin Chamber Music Academy, and found she loves chamber music. She also participated in UIL Solo and Ensemble in violin and voice, meriting high marks from the judges in both categories. Wallis has played with the Starlight Symphony for six years.
Aside from violin, Wallis also participates in organizations such as Girl Scouts, Thespian Society, National Honor Society, and French Club. She is especially privileged to be an intern at DA! Theatre Collective in Austin. Her other interests include acting, singing, photography, dancing, and reading. Though she hopes to focus on theater in college, she will never give up music as a part of her life.
From family and friends to teachers and mentors, Wallis would like to thank everyone in her life for providing help and encouragement.
Jon Michael PerezJon-Michael Perez is a senior at Akins High School in Austin, TX. He is first chair oboe of the Akins Wind Ensemble. He has been playing the oboe for 4 years and studies with Beth Sanders, principal oboe with the Austin Symphony.
Jon-Michael began playing clarinet in the 6th grade and switched to the oboe in the 9th grade. He also plays the flute and the English horn. He plays clarinet, oboe and English horn with the wind ensemble, which is the top band at his school. Last year, he was principal oboe with the Starlight Symphony Youth Orchestra. Last summer he performed with the woodwind ensemble from the orchestra at the Wimberley Children’s Library.
Jon-Michael’s dream is to be a great oboe player in the future. He just won his first scholarship and is on his way to fulfilling his dream.
Soloist Horn Concerto No. 3 in E Flat Major, K.447 (2nd & 3rd movements) — MozartMalcolm McLean is seventeen years old and is a senior at Wimberley High School. He plays French horn in the WHS band and is active in band leadership. Malcolm began playing the horn in 6th grade at Wimberley Junior High School where he also studied chess. He started playing with the SSO in the fall of 2006. He currently studies with H. Stephen Hager, Professor of Horn at Texas State University, San Marcos and plans to pursue his music study at university in fall 2008.
Ria HodgsonRia Hodgson is seventeen years old and has played the violin since she was six. Ria began her studies in the Suzuki violin studio of Deanna Badgett of San Marcos. She has also studied with Quinton Morris and is currently with Pasha Sabouri of Austin, TX. A versatile musician, Ria also plays the viola. She is home-schooled and currently is applying to universities. Her hope is to major in violin performance with a focus on chamber music and improvisation. Ria has played with the Starlight since 2004.
Erika DenslowSeventeen-year-old Erika Denslow has studied piano with Vickie Pautz (eight years,) organ with Sylvia Kelley (four years,) and violin/viola with Paula Bird (three years.)
Miss Denslow has attended annually, for seven years, the piano workshops sponsored by the Heart of Texas Suzuki Organization at Texas State University, San Marcos. There, she worked with pianists Dr. Ralph Harrel, Dr. Doris Harrel, David Renner, Cynthia Prince, Lita Guerra, Dr. Angelica Lopez, Dr. Brad Bolen, Dr. David Brown, and Carolyn True.
Erika Denslow has played violin in the Starlight Symphony Orchestra since its inception in January 2002. In addition, she has sung with the Wimberley Community Chorus for two seasons. She enjoys playing for church events, nursing homes, and collaborating with other musicians to play ensemble pieces for various occasions.
Miss Denslow is currently employed as the accompanist and Children’s Choir director at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wimberley. She is a home schooled senior, and will be attending Williams College in the fall. While she does not plan to pursue a music-related career, her multiple talents will always be with her, and she will continue to hold a special place for music in her heart.
Nora HenschenNora Henschen, age 17, is a native of Austin and has studied violin for the past 12 years. Her first teacher was Lucia Woodruff; she currently studies with Dr. Neela Kinariwala and Dr. Laurie Scott. Nora has attended many music camps including the Armadillo Suzuki Institute, the Santa Fe Suzuki Institute, and the Texas State Virtuosi String Camp.
Nora’s first taste of competition came at the age of eight when her two-year-old brother Louis, now an experienced violinist, tried repeatedly to grab Nora’s violin for himself. More recently, she was chosen as a member of the TMEA All-Region Orchestra. In December, she was named a finalist in the Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition of the Austin Civic Orchestra.
For the past five years Miss Henschen has enjoyed being a member of the Austin Youth Orchestra. She and her brother have always been home-schooled. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music and reading novels. She qualified to audition during the YA Festival by volunteering community service hours in support of the SSO.
Miss Henschen is a parishioner and altar server at St. Mary Cathedral, as well as a member of Teens for Unity, an international movement committed to a united world. Nora Henschen looks forward to a career in music and is grateful to her parents for all their love and support.
Timothy CarderThe Starlight Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the winners of the 2006 Young Artist Festival. Timothy Carder is a 15-year-old sophomore. Derek Surguy is a 17-year-old junior. Both students attend Dripping Springs High School. At the Young Artist Festival in October, 2005, Mr. Carder and Mr. Surguy earned the privilege of performing solo works with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra in concert by competing against other students in the orchestra. The performances will take place in February, 2006, at the Young Artist Showcase. The concert program will celebrate the heritage of young musicians with early works by Bach, Mozart, Arriaga, Mendelssohn, and Saint-Saens. Mr. Carder will perform Violin Concerto in f minor Op. 8 No. 4, “Winter” from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi. Mr. Surguy, on french horn, will perform Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major Op. 11 by Richard Strauss (1st movement, Allegro).
Derek SurguyThe Starlight Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the winners of the 2006 Young Artist Festival. Timothy Carder is a 15-year-old sophomore. Derek Surguy is a 17-year-old junior. Both students attend Dripping Springs High School. At the Young Artist Festival in October, 2005, Mr. Carder and Mr. Surguy earned the privilege of performing solo works with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra in concert by competing against other students in the orchestra. The performances will take place in February, 2006, at the Young Artist Showcase. The concert program will celebrate the heritage of young musicians with early works by Bach, Mozart, Arriaga, Mendelssohn, and Saint-Saens. Mr. Carder will perform Violin Concerto in f minor Op. 8 No. 4, “Winter” from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi. Mr. Surguy, on french horn, will perform Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major Op. 11 by Richard Strauss (1st movement, Allegro).
Adela HeinThe Starlight Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce winners of the 2005 Young Artist Competition. Adela Hein, a 15-year-old homeschooled junior from Driftwood Texas is joined by Lily Skipper, a 16-year-old senior from Wimberley High School, as the first winners of the Starlight Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition.
The two winners will be featured soloists for the Starlight Symphony Orchestra’s spring concerts.
Adela Hein will perform the first movement from the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major and Lily Skipper will perform the Meditation from Massenet’s Thaïs.
Lily SkipperThe Starlight Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce winners of the 2005 Young Artist Competition. Adela Hein, a 15-year-old homeschooled junior from Driftwood Texas is joined by Lily Skipper, a 16-year-old senior from Wimberley High School, as the first winners of the Starlight Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition.
The two winners will be featured soloists for the Starlight Symphony Orchestra’s spring concerts.
Adela Hein will perform the first movement from the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major and Lily Skipper will perform the Meditation from Massenet’s Thaïs.