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2014 Young Artist Competition Winners

Ten young artists performed their perfected solo pieces in front of an audience Saturday but only two were chosen for first place.

Luke Payne received the first place instrumental award for his performance of the Haydn C Major cello concerto, and Zoe Woodaman’s performance of Puccini aria impressed the judges and landed her the first-place vocal award.

The competition, sponsored by Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts, has been a community staple for 11 years and is held annually to showcase the talent of young classically-trained artists.

The first-place winners were awarded $500 scholarships. Second- and third-place winners, oboist Brendan Shirk and violinist Andrew Lang, were awarded $300 and $200.

Contestants for the competition are 18 or younger. They come from Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, Culpeper, Orange and Westmoreland.

Payne and Woodamen will perform with the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra in spring 2015. The 2013 winners of the competition, pianist Amy Wood and soprano Megan Walton, will perform with the orchestra on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Church.

All four of the winner’s this year are invited to perform at the three FFPA Chamber Festival concerts happening in May.

Finalists: 1st row: Luke Payne, Kelsey Payne, Riana Chan, Brendan Shirk, Zoe Woodaman 2nd row: Andrea Kuliasha, Bryce Baxter, Andrew Liang, Karen Me, Conner Skelly

Finalists: 1st row: Luke Payne, Kelsey Payne, Riana Chan, Brendan Shirk, Zoe Woodaman

2nd row: Andrea Kuliasha, Bryce Baxter, Andrew Liang, Karen Me, Conner Skelly

Luke Payne was awarded first place, and a $500 scholarship, in the instrumental category for his cello perfomance.

Luke Payne was awarded first place, and a $500 scholarship, in the instrumental category for his cello perfomance.

Soprano Zoe Woodamen was awared first place in the vocal category and a $500 scholarship.

Soprano Zoe Woodamen was awared first place in the vocal category and a $500 scholarship.

Oboist Brendan Shirk, 14, was awarded second place and a $300 scholarship at the Young Artist Competition Saturday, Jan. 18.

Oboist Brendan Shirk, 14, was awarded second place and a $300 scholarship at the Young Artist Competition Saturday, Jan. 18.

Violinist Andrew Lang was awarded third place, and a $200 scholarship, for his DeBeriot violin concerto.

Violinist Andrew Lang was awarded third place, and a $200 scholarship, for his DeBeriot violin concerto.

 

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