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Young Artists’ Competition for 2017:

The winner of our 2017 Young Artists Competition is Jared Campbell, a senior at Paynesville High School.  He is the son of Jackie and Chad Campbell and will be playing the First Movement of the Piano Concerto in A Minor by Edvard Grieg.

This concert will be held on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 7 p.m.  Check out our home page for information about getting tickets.

Jared Campbell is 17 pianist, attends Paynesville High School, and is the son of Chad and Jackie CampbellJared Campbell

WHAT IS YOUR MUSICAL BACKGROUND?  I have taken piano lessons since kindergarten and learned from four wonderful piano teachers; Sharon Bergman, Kari Shumaker, Jeanine Barrett, and since 7th grade, the Dr. Paul Wirth.  Paynesville is a small school and community, yet they strongly support the arts.  I have performed in their annual talent show since 4th grade.  Piano camp is probably my favorite thing I do all year and I’ve attended seven; one at U of M MacPhail, two at Northwestern-Roseville, and four at the Young Artist World Piano Festival at Bethel.  I love being around people who share a passion for music.  It’s great fun to perform in different environments, from county fairs to auditoriums.  One of my highlights is winning 3rd place at the 2015 Minnesota Junior Young Artist piano competition with the piece, Pavane for a Dead Princess by Ravel.  Last summer I was fortunate to make it to the final round of six contestants in Open division of the Minnesota State Fair county talent contest with my piano arrangement of Hotel California by the Eagles.  

WHAT INDIVIDUALS DO YOU FEEL HAVE HELPED STIMULATE YOUR INTEREST IN MUSIC?  I thank my parents for making lessons possible and my grandparents Lee, Donna, Jack and Dee for always encouraging me.   In addition, I received inspiration from my piano teachers, choir teachers Charlene Strand and Cheryl Bungum, and band teachers Tharon Knowlton and Ken Vork through countless opportunities to perform.  I think my most motivating moment happened in 3rd Grade.  My grandmother Donna told me she enjoyed playing Beethoven’s Fur Elise when she was young.  Even though I hadn’t ever played anything complicated before, I practiced and practiced and learned it to surprise her.  My music teacher Mrs. Strand noticed and had me play in front of the entire school during our school’s end of year celebration.  I received a standing ovation from 500 people and I’ve been hooked on piano ever since.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS IN SCHOOL?  The school subjects I enjoy most are music, math, and science.   I sing in the school choir and play trombone.  I love sports and I’m an offensive tackle in football, a center in basketball, and play first base and pitch in baseball.  I am also in National Honor Society.

Jared Campbell at the pianoLIST ANY OUT-OF-SCHOOL HOBBIES OR ACTIVITIES THAT YOU ENJOY.  I play piano for my church youth worship band.  This spring I will finish my Eagle project of building baseball dugout benches to reach Eagle Scout rank.  I’m in Koronis Eager Beavers 4H in Meeker County and helped lead elementary students in constructing Rube Goldberg machines the past two summers, and one of our machines received a purple ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair, the highest in the competition.  Arranging music on Finale software is also a passion of mine.

PLANS FOR YOUR FUTURE,  My plans are to attend a Christian private college like Concordia-Moorhead, St. John’s, or Gustavus.  Music and pre-med are my top interests. 

I have two musical younger sisters, Kjerstin is in 9th grade sings pieces from Broadway musicals like Les Miserables and Sound of Music and Claire is in 6th grade takes violin lessons from Melissa Carlson in Willmar.   I love to travel and in 2013, my dad, Kjerstin and I went on a summer road trip through all 48 lower states covering 12,000 miles in 20 days.  My grandfather Lee and grandmother Dee recently passed away and I know they would want so much to share this moment with me.  I have been blessed with many wonderful people who are in love with music and the joy it brings.  One of my top goals, if not the top goal before graduating high school, was to perform with an orchestra.  Orchestras bring such an energy with their variety and amount of instruments.  I am honored and super excited to be performing! 


Former Young Artists

The Willmar Area Symphonic Announces the Winners of the 2016 Young Artists Competition

Ashley Olson, Clarinet
Ashley will play Concertino in E Flat Major for Clarinet and Orchestra by C. M. Von Weber

I'm a senior at Willmar Senior High. I've been playing my clarinet since 5th grade, and I plan to continue playing as I attend Concordia College in Moorhead for music education. I've attended All-State Band and the CLC Jazz Festival on tenor sax, both for 2 years. Music has been a big part of my life, but I also enjoy dancing, swimming, and adventuring/being outside.

Abigail Goetzman, Piano
Abigail will play the First Movement of the Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 50 by Dmitiri Kabalevsky

Abigail is a sixteen year-old homeschool student from Spicer. For the past four years, she has been participated in the MMTA piano competition, performing multiple times in the State Recital at the Convention Center in Minneapolis. A former student of Gayle Marcus,

Abigail currently studies piano with David Severtson of Spicer. In addition to piano, she studies violin with Barb Swanson and has been part of the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra. Abigail plays keyboard in the Youth for Christ Band, On Call. She enjoys teaching piano and currently has seven students from the NLS area.

Emilie Ziebarth and Maeve Winter, both of Willmar have been named Honorable Mention Winners of this competition and have  been invited to participate in a Chamber Music Recital to be held at Whitney Music on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m

The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Young Artists Competition.

Brock Geselius, tenor, is a 2015 graduate of Willmar High School who will begin studies at Columbia College of Chicago this fall.

Brock studied voice with Cheryl Schmidt,
and his parents are Jean and Todd Geselius of Willmar.

He performed selections from "Phantom of the Opera" with the orchestra at their May 2015 concert.