Celebrating YPSCA, young talent and the Minnesota Orchestra

Celebrating YPSCA, young talent and the Minnesota Orchestra

The Young People’s Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA) is excited to start a new season of activities that encourage a love of great music in young people. One particularly thrilling project is the annual Young People’s Concerto Competition (formerly called School Music Auditions).

It draws talented young musicians from throughout the region and rewards the top contestants with a variety of prizes, some of which offer opportunities to perform before discerning audiences.

This coming season’s prizewinners are sure to be just as impressive as the superb musicians who took top awards in the 2018 Competition. Notable among last year’s winners is pianist Emma Taggart, 15, who will be featured at several Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s and Family Concerts this season.

Pianist Emma Taggart, top winner of the 2018 Concerto Competition, is pictured above performing at YPSCA’s annual luncheon last April.

Taggart, of Blaine, was showcased at YPSCA’s annual luncheon last April, when members and friends gathered at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis for a program spotlighting student musicians who had won top prizes in YPSCA’s competition.

In the four photos above: 2018 Concerto Competition prizewinners Nita Qiu,15, of Woodbury; Kirill Nazarov, 17, of Faribault; Catherine Carson, 16, of Northfield; and Maria Chirinos, 18, of Faribault,  performing at YPSCA’s annual luncheon.

At the luncheon, Margee Bracken, Chair-elect of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Board of Directors and a longtime advocate for music education, shared her enthusiasm for the Orchestra’s upcoming ventures and YPSCA’s part in many of them.

Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair-elect Margee Bracken speaking at YPSCA’s annual luncheon.

Work on the 2019 Competition is already underway: the deadline for applications is December 3, and the Prelims and Finals will take place at Orchestra Hall next January 26 and February 3, respectively. Visit minnesotaorchestra.org/ypcc for more information. And join YPSCA to share in the excitement—perhaps as a 2019 volunteer!

Minnesota Orchestra Staff