April 13: Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition Finals
The Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition draws gifted instrumental soloists and ensembles, grades seven through twelve, to be judged by a distinguished panel of music professors and symphony musicians. The finals, a wonderful musical experience open to the public free of charge, will be held Saturday, April 13, 1 p.m. at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, 29305 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.
“We encourage the public to come and enjoy the extraordinary talent. In one hour’s time, folks can hear a variety of finalists from violinists to pianists, trumpeter to harpist, and know the future of fine, classical music into the next generation is assured,” said Pat Cohen, Young Musicians Competition chairman.
Fifty talented musicians compete in the annual competition, which is organized into four divisions: three divisions for solo musicians and one division for ensembles. This year’s judges are Marian Buswell, Principal Oboe of the Phoenix Symphony; well-known adjudicator Dr. Barbara Spoelman, director of Spoelman Piano Study, formerly in ASU Piano Prep/ Conservatory; and Dr. Robert Strava, violinist with the Phoenix Symphony.
Young Musicians Competition winners will be invited to perform in the MIM Music Theater April 28.