HSO Competition Showcases Young Musicians

Applications are now being accepted for the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) 2018 Young Artist Competition. The competition will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Now in its 23rd year, the Young Artist Competition is open to musicians in grades 9-12 who live in Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties in North Carolina or who are members in good standing in the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Three cash prizes are awarded: First Place, $500; Second Place, $300; and Third Place, $200. The First-Place winner will perform as a soloist with the HSO at its March 2018 concert, “Inspiration!”  The competition is sponsored by Laborde Eye Group in Hendersonville.

Orchestral instrument, piano, or voice students who qualify may apply with the recommendation of a music teacher. First-Place winners from previous HSO Young Artist Competitions are not eligible to apply. Competition rules and an online application can be found at www.hendersonvillesymphony.org/youngartist. The application fee is $30, and all applications must be postmarked or submitted online by Jan. 19, 2018.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for a young musician to experience the thrill of competition and showcase his or her talent,” said Cheryl Hagymassy, HSO Education Committee Chair. “It is an incredible learning experience for the winner to perform with a professional orchestra.”

Instrumentalists must prepare a movement from a standard concerto. Also, works for two soloists may be entered. Vocalists must prepare an aria from an opera, oratorio, or a song from a song cycle. Works for two soloists may be entered. Please note: All music must be memorized for the audition.

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, exists to enrich the Hendersonville and Henderson County communities with live symphonic performances and music education opportunities for youth and adults.

For more information, visit hendersonvillesyphony.org, or call the HSO office at 828-697-5884.

About Shelby Harrell

Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.