The Juneau Symphony held its annual Youth Solo Competition on Wednesday, June 2. Eleven musicians from Southeast Alaska performed concertos on the Thunder Mountain High School stage for the competition, judged by Juneau Symphony conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett, resident conductor William Todd Hunt and concertmistress Lisa Ibias.
In the senior division, top honors went to 16-year-old Alan Young, who played Gregson's Tuba Concerto and 14-year-old Ethan Seid, who played Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5. As the grand prize winners, Seid will perform his piece with the Juneau Symphony in January 2011 at their winter concert and Young will perform his Tuba Concerto at the Symphony's pops concert in June 2011. Seid studies violin in Juneau with Steve Tada and Young is a student of Ken Guiher at Juneau Douglas High School.
The junior division also had two winners, Timothy Flanagan, 13, and Solomon Unzicker, 11. Flanagan performed Haydn's Concerto in D Major on the piano and Unzicker performed Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5 on violin. Both will perform their winning concertos next year with the Juneau Student Symphony during their 2010-2011 season. Flanagan studies piano with Rick Trostel at Thrushhill Music Studio and Unzicker studies the violin with Guo-Hua Xia.
In addition to Young, Seid, Flanagan and Unzicker, musicians were Rhys Coffee, Margaret Comstock, Ruby Steedle, Robert Newman, George Jones, Carrie Comstock and Bernadette Osborne. Music teachers in addition to Gou-Hua Xia, Trostel, Guiher and Tada were Lisa Miles, Patrick Murphy and John DePalatis. Accompanists donating their time and talent were Sandy King, Rick Trostel, Laurie Clough, Nancy Nash and Rosie Humphery.
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