Hershey Symphony Orchestra Announces 12th Annual Young Artist Competition Winner

The Hershey Symphony is proud to announce that the winner of the 12th annual Young Artist Competition is Alexandria Conrad of Willow Street, PA. A violinist, she won a $1,000 scholarship for playing Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor, and will perform as a soloist with the Orchestra at its holiday concert at the Hershey Theatre on November 30, 2012.

Conrad’s twin sister Brittany, who competed on both piano and bass won the third place $200 award for her piano performance of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto #1. Both sisters attend PA Cyber Charter School as 11th graders. Lena Goodson of York, PA won second place $300 award for her performance of Koussevitzky’s Bass Concerto, Op 3. Goodson also attends PA Cyber Charter School in the 9th grade. The competition is sponsored by Charles A. Turner of Turner and Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprize Financial Services, Inc.

The purpose of the Young Artists Competition is to foster young artists with superior musical abilities who reside in South Central Pennsylvania. After sending in a recording and application to the Hershey Symphony Orchestra, the young men and women selected for live audition play before a panel of music professionals at Elizabethtown College. Each applicant must play one movement of any Concerto for Solo instrument (including operatic voice) that is written with orchestral accompaniment. Students enrolled in grades 7 through 11 who reside in Central PA are eligible to compete in the Young Artists Competition.

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