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.