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January 7, 2014 > Young Artist Competition

Young Artist Competition

Submitted By Megan Morrow

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra, now in its 50th season, will hold its 47th Young Artist Competition on Jan. 11 and 12 at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd. in Fremont. This year, the competition is for pianists. Twenty-one students ranging from 10 to 22 years of age have applied. Preliminary auditions will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11; finals will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 in the Recital Hall, Room 133 in Building 2, and are open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door.

The Phyllis Merrifield Award of $1,000 includes an appearance with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra next season. Second Prize is $500 and Third Prize is $250. The Nafisa Taghioff Award, reserved for applicants under the age of 16, is also $250. Many former winnersÑincluding Jon Nakamatsu, Aileen Chanco, Hlne Wickett, Paul Tobias, Pamela Highbaugh and Krista Bennion, to name just a fewÑhave gone on to distinguished musical careers.

At the finals on Sunday, Jan. 12, each finalist will perform his or her entire concerto with piano accompaniment. Winners will be announced at the end of the program. Judges are Gregory Van Sudmeier, Music Director of the Symphony, and concert pianists Gregory Taboloff and Justin Levitt. For more information, please contact Competition Co-Chair Caryl Dockter at (510) 793-6375 or

Fremont Symphony Young Artist Competition
Sun. Jan. 12 (Finals)
2 p.m.
Ohlone College, Recital Hall, Rm. 133, Bldg. 2
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 793-6375

Tickets: $10/adults; $5/students 12 and under

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