Young Artists Competition

Young Artists:
Check out the information for the Young Artist Competition for this season.
Applications due Fri, Dec 13, 2019
Auditions will be Tues PM on Jan 21, 2020

Dress Rehearsal will be Friday, May 8 at 7 - 9:30 PM

Young Artist Concert will be Sat., May 9, 2020 at 7 PM

Young Artists Application Form

Young Artists Information Letter

Young Artists Repertoire List

Former Young Artists

Meet our 2019 Young Artist Competition Winners!
Ellie Hu is sixteen and a foreign exchange student from Taiwan. She is attending ACGC for this school year. Ellie started playing violin when she was six and joined her school orchestra at age eight. She loves listening to all kinds of music, especially jazz and classical music. Her favorite composer is Tchaikovsky and her favorite piece is the 1812 Overture.  Ellie will perform the 1st movement of Bruch's Violin Concerto, op. 26 with the orchestra.

Jeremy Pierskalla is a senior at Willmar Senior High School. He studies voice with Cheryl Schmidt, and he plays the cello and french horn in his school’s orchestra and band programs. Jeremy has received consistent superior ratings at the MSHSL Section 8AA Solo and Ensemble Contests for band, choir, and orchestra. He attended All-State Choir as a baritone in the 2018- 2019 TTBB choir. This is Jeremy’s fourth season as a cellist with the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra. As a baritone vocalist, Jeremy will perform the recitative, "Frondi Tenere" and the aria, "Ombra Mai Fu" by George Frederic Handel with the orchestra.

Meet our 2018 Young Artist Competition Winners!

James Bakker
James Bakker is a junior homeschool student from Willmar and studies voice with Cheryl Schmidt. In addition to voice, he studies piano with Kristen
Castiglione and cello with Marie Nelson. This the fourth year James 
has been a cellist with the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra.
Maeve Winter
Maeve Winter is a junior at Willmar Senior High School. She has been playing bass for 8 years and currently studies with Mark Kausch. She is the 2016 winner of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra Young Performers Competition and received a Best of Site distinction at the 2018 MSHSL Section 8AA Solo and Ensemble Contest. She also sings and plays several other instruments with varying degrees of mastery.

Meet our 2017 Young Artist Competition Winners!

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

 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.

Meet our 2016 Young Artist Competition Winners!n

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

Meet our 2015 Young Artist Competition Winners!

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.