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47th Annual Young Artists Competition (YAC)
Piano and Winds, Brass and Percussion

February 28, 2015 at Whittier College, Whittier, CA

Saira Frank, 46th Annual YAC Vocal Category Winner

The 2 categories for the 2015 contest are Piano and Winds, Brass and Percussion. The entry fee is $50 and application may only be made through our website by clicking on the Young Artists Competition Application. The application deadline is February 14, 2015.

The contest is limited to the first 25 eligible students. Applicants must be residents of California not older than age 26 at the time of the competition, or 30 for vocalists.

Contestants are to prepare a full concerto or concert piece and a solo piece of contrasting style. Vocalists are to prepare three selections: an aria from opera or oratorio, one song from lieder, and one selection from operetta or musical theatre. Selections are to be performed from memory unless prior arrangements are made with the Young Artists Competition chairman.

Applicants will provide their own accompanist and original scores of their music will be made available for the judges.

The two top winners will perform as soloists either at the orchestra’s final concert May 3, 2015, or the first concert of the 2015-2016 season in the fall of 2015, one at each separate performance. Each will also receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Musicians placing second in each category will receive $500 cash prizes.

For more information, please call the Symphony Office at (562) 698-8626.

Winners of the 46th Annual YAC!

Kevin Mills, 46th Annual YAC Strings Category Winner

Two young musicians, a cellist and a soprano, won the Rio Hondo Symphony's 46th annual Young Artists Competition February 22, 2014, in the Chapel at Whittier College.

They are Kevin Mills, 22, cellist from California State College at Fullerton and Mission Viejo, who placed first in the strings category. Saira Frank, a 29 year old soprano from Los Angeles, won in the vocal category.

In addition to receiving $1,000 cash prizes, the two winners will appear as soloists at 2 of the orchestra's concerts. One of them will appear at the "Final Frontier" concert on May 4, 2014. The other winner is slated to appear at a concert in the Fall of 2014.

Placing 2nd among the vocalists were Marina Harris, 28, soprano of San Francisco and Whittier, and Megan Cullen, 30, soprano of Santa Clara. Honorable Mention in the vocal category were Jose Maldonado, 22, baritone of Whittier, and Caleb Barnes, 22, countertenor of Palmdale.

Judges for the day-long event, eminent performers/teachers selected to represent expertise within the various categories, were: Wayne Reinecke, Conductor Emeritus, Rio Hondo Symphony, Dr. Robert Sage, Concert Pianist and Professor of Music Azusa Pacific University, and Ms. Karen Benjamin, Professor of Music Pasadena City College. Chairing the competition were Bob Orpin, Past President, Rio Hondo Symphony Assn, and Enrique & Maria Elena Alvarez.