Young Artists Competition


2017 Tribune Review Young Artists Competition
Co-presented by WSO Academy of Music and Seton Hill University


Showcase your music, perform live and win cash prizes!

2017 Press:

The Young Artists Competition promotes excellence through competition in the field of music performance.The competition is open to classical instrumentalists and vocalists who are residents of either Westmoreland or Fayette County or take private music lessons in either of those two counties and have not yet graduated from high school. Participants compete for performance opportunities as determined by a three-judge panel. Cash prizes will be awarded as determined by the judges.

February 12, 2017 —Winners Recital at 3 p.m. Seton Hill Performing Arts Center


Applicants submit an application and an audition recording with a minimum of two contrasting pieces from classical repertoire. After reviewing, judges will select finalists for the live audition. Winners and those earning an honorable mention will present a recital for family, friends and the public at Seton Hill Performing Arts Center.

Young  Artists Competition Winners’ Recital announced

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and co-presenter, Seton Hill University announce that the Tribune Review 2017 Young Artists Competition Winners’ Recital will take place on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center in downtown Greensburg.

On Sunday, February 5, twenty-one finalists competed for cash prizes and a chance to perform on the Winners’ Recital. The recital will feature:

Level I – up to Grade 9
1st place – Amber Li – flute (Franklin Regional MS, teacher – Dan Parasky)
2nd place – Juliana Matteo – harp (Harrison Park Elem., teachers – Sara Magill & Gretchen Van Hoesen)
Honorable Mention – Emma Jones – flute (Hempfield Area HS, teacher – Michele Boulet)
Brian Lee – violin (Penn Trafford MS, teacher – Jeff Irwin)

1st place – Owen Johnson (Greensburg Salem MS, teacher – Marianne Lewis)
2nd place – Max Wang (Franklin Regional MS, teacher Tatyana Gelman)
Honorable Mention – Hannah Yan (Franklin Regional MS, teacher Tatyana Gelman)

2nd place – Lavanya Anantharaman (Franklin Regional MS, teacher Gail Noullet)

Level II – Grades 10-12
1st place – Rebecca Scimio – flute (Franklin Regional HS, teacher – Dan Parasky)
2nd place – Colton Dietz – trombone (Norwin SHS, teacher – Kevin McManus)
3rd place – Lydia Hull – violin (Derry Area homeschooler, teacher – Doug Bevan)
Honorable Mention – Do Hyun Lee – violin (Penn Trafford HS, teacher – Jeff Irwin)
Andrew Chung – violin (Greensburg Salem HS, teacher – Hong-Guang Jia)

1st place – Mitchell Taylor (Hempfield Area HS, teacher – Edward Kuhn, Jr.)
2nd place – Lily Wang (Franklin Regional HS, teacher – Tatyana Gelman)
3rd place – Joel Montgomery (Pittsburgh homeschooler, teacher – Jacqueline Herbein)
Honorable Mention – Carol Chen (Greensburg Central Catholic HS, teacher – Edward Kuhn, Jr.)

Honorable Mention – Mollie Landman (Mt. Pleasant HS, teacher – Merle Stutzman)
Megan Swift (Franklin Regional HS, teacher – Amy McDaniel)