LAGRANGE, Ga. — The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors has announced the winners of two annual competitions for young musicians.
The two contests are the Young Artists Competition and SCALA, or Student Competition Awards in the LaGrange Area.
The 14th annual Young Artist Competition is open to participants in the six adjoining southeastern states who are under the age of 26. Participants are limited to wind instruments or voice, and next year's the competition will be limited to string instruments. The program was initiated in 1996 and contestants perform before judges and a public audience.
SCALA, which was created in 2004, is a competition for area students who live within a 50 mile radius of LaGrange. Students compete in the categories of strings, winds, keyboard/percussion, and voice.
Both competitions took place recent in the Callaway Auditorium on the LaGrange College campus.
The Young Artists Competition winners are:
- Bogdan Dumitriu, who won the Dorothy Allen Turner Award for first place. Dumitriu, a student at the Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music, is from Romania and plays the bassoon. He will receive $1,500 award and perform as a featured soloist with the LaGrange Symphony during its 2010-2011 season.
- Rebecca Krynski, who won the Max Kaplan Award for second place. Krynski, a soprano, is a graduate of University of South Carolina where she earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and was in numerous opera productions. She will receive a $1,000 award.
- Jenny Maclay, who won the NOTE Award for third place. The Huntsville, Ala. native plays the clarinet and attends the University of Florida. Maclay is earning a bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance. She will receive a $500 award.
The SCALA winners, who will all receive a $300 award, are:
- Susanna Brown, who won the Barbara Malis Award. Brown, a soprano, is currently a student at Berry College. As the Barbara Mails Award recipient, Brown will perform in concert with the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra on March 8.
- Christine Yin, who won the Ashley Hawkins Award for Keyboard/Percussion Performance. The pianist is a student at West Side Magnet School.
- Philip Botica, who won the Emily Wentworth Landa Award for Vocal Performance. Botica has performed with the Young Singers of LaGrange for four years.
- Robert Evans, who won the Kathryn Mercer Merrill Award for Wind Instrument Performance. Evans plays the trombone and is a member of the LaGrange High School Band.
- Libby Criswell, who won the Emily Katherine Smith Award for String Performance. Criswell plays the cello and currently studies with LSO cellist Tessa Matthews.