Las Vegas Philharmonic Announces Competition Results
The Las Vegas Philharmonic held its Cox Communications Young Artists' Concerto Competition on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus. The annual competition provides young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of professional musicians. This year's competition included a dozen student musicians from Las Vegas middle and high schools competing in piano, woodwinds, strings and brass.
Of the 12 competitors, 4 students received honors by the panel of judges. Each student will receive $750 toward their music education, generously provided by Cox Communications of Las Vegas. Additionally, the students recognized will benefit from comprehensive mentoring by the Las Vegas Philharmonic Music Director, musicians and staff, designed to provide them with opportunities to continue developing their performance skills while gaining invaluable experience and exposure. Over the next year, these students will be integrated into the Philharmonic's community outreach programs and the newly launched Music Van initiative, which takes music enrichment and education out into the community to benefit children, families and seniors through a variety of programs. Honorees will also receive individual and group instruction from Music Director Donato Cabrera through master classes brought into their respective schools, allowing their fellow student musicians to share in some of the benefits of their achievement. The honors went to:
- Carolyn Salvador (13), violin
West Career & Technical Academy, Instructor: Yunior Lopez
- Shyler Macaggi (14), viola
Green Valley High School, Instructor: Yunior Lopez
- Young Choe (14), cello
Hyde Park Middle School, Instructor: Dr. Andrew Smith
- Chloe Kim (14), viola
Clark High School, Instructor: Yunior Lopez
"These four young, talented musicians represent the best the Las Vegas community has to offer," said Donato Cabrera, Music Director. "It will be a joy for us to showcase them throughout the season and help develop their skills as young artists. I also look forward to visiting their schools and working with them and the rest of their classmates. I want to personally thank Cox Las Vegas for being such strong advocates of music education and STEAM initiatives in Southern Nevada."
Cox's support of The Las Vegas Philharmonic is part of the Company's longstanding support of the arts - in particular, art education for youth - and is part of the Cox Hearts for Arts program. This is year four of a five-year pledge by Cox Communications of Las Vegas to support the program.
About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. The resident symphony orchestra of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued and vibrant cultural dimension to the city, providing more than 23,000 children this year with vital access to a music education program and showcasing local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra's core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization.