The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concluded its fifteenth annual Young Artists competition on Sunday, February 22 at The Royal Durst Theatre at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. In each of the three instrumental performance categories, a first, second and third place winner was selected, with each receiving a scholarship. The total amount in scholarship money was $7,500.
First Place $1,500 Scholarship Stephanie Cai Lake Oswego, OR
Second Place $ 750 Scholarship Mighten Yip Portland, OR
Third Place $ 250 Scholarship Mary Stone Washougal, WA
First Place $1,500 Scholarship Kelly Talim, violin Portland, OR
Second Place $ 750 Scholarship Sarah Kang, cello Clackamas, OR
Third Place $ 250 Scholarship John Lee, viola Beaverton, OR
First Place $1,500 Scholarship Ted Schaller, alto sax Lake Oswego, OR
Second Place $ 750 Scholarship Matthew Slaughter, flute Portland, OR
Third Place $ 250 Scholarship Jessica Woolf, oboe Lake Oswego, OR
Fifty-three entries were submitted on CD beginning in January and were initially judged by a blue ribbon panel of three local artists and instructors. Three finalists were picked in each of the three categories to perform at a live performance on February 22 in front of an audience that included five judges from the Portland/Vancouver area. The three first place winners not only receive the top amount of $1,500 as a scholarship, but will also perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at our concert April 18 & 19, 2009.