Young artists aim for symphony spot

More than 50 entered, but only five made it to the finals, and the public is invited to vote for its favorite during the Grand Junction Symphony’s Young Artist Competition’s final round set for noon Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St.

“For the first time in its 20 year history, the Grand Junction Symphony’s Young Artist Competition was open to vocalists,” a symphony news release said.

“Singers used a national website to enter the Grand Junction Symphony’s competition by submitting an application, head-shot, resume and audio or video recordings.”

The finalists from across the country were chosen to come to the Grand Valley and sing with the potential of two of them being awarded guest artist spots with the Grand Junction Symphony during concerts in its 2014–15 season.

Each finalist ­— sopranos Christie Hageman, Amy Maples and Boya Wei; mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis; and baritone Benjain Wood — will perform two selections and will be accompanied by pianist Susan Ellinger. Up to two winners will be chosen to receive a cash prize and the guest artist engagement during the upcoming season.

There also will be an audience favorite vote, with the winner being awarded a small cash prize.

Tickets for the competition’s final round are $10 and can be purchased at, by phone at 243-6787 or at the symphony’s office, 414 Main St. Tickets also will be available at the Recital Hall one hour prior to the competition.


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