WAITSFIELD, VT -- The Valley Arts Foundation held the ninth annual Vermont Young Musicians Award Concert at Harwood Union High School on Aug. 19. After two rounds of competition, Quinn Parker won the top prize, the James Plumpton Award and a $2000 scholarship. Perry Emerson, of Lyndon, took second place.
The Valley Arts Foundation has partnered with the Vermont Philharmonic to administer this prestigious competition. First round took place in May when 16 students auditioned before a panel of Vermont Philharmonic judges. Of those 16, six students were selected to advance to the final round this past weekend. The finalists were: Victoria Bergeron from Essex Junction, playing the violin; Perry Emerson from Lyndon, playing the flute; Siena Facciolo from Montpelier, playing the piano; Sierra Marcy from South Burlington, singing soprano; Quinn Parker from Richmond, playing the trombone; and Aliza Silverstein from Hyde Park, playing the piano.
The audience was treated to an extraordinary display of talent and poise as each student took the stage to perform. No one envied the judges their task of choosing the winners. Judge Jim Lowe, Times Argus arts editor, said, "all of the students are so talented, therefore it's the individual performance we are watching that will make the difference in our decision." Judge Lou Kosma, conductor of the Vermont Philharmonic, encouraged the students to continue to perform throughout their life. The third judge was Lisa Jablow, assistant conductor and musical director.
Quinn Parker won the James Plumpton First Prize in this year's Vermont Young Musicians Award. He performed the Concerto for Trombone by Launy Grondahl. Quinn recently graduated from Mount Mansfield High School and will be studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England beginning this fall.
Second place went to flutist Perry Emerson, who will be attending the Eastman School of Music. Third place went to Siena Facciolo for her performance on piano.
The Vermont Young Musicians Award was established by James Plumpton and the Mad River Valley Cricket Club. The competition encourages students from across the State of Vermont to compete for more than $3,000 in prize money during the intensive two-round exercise. Finalists from previous competitions have subsequently attended some of America's finest conservatories of music.
The Valley Arts Foundation has organized the Vermont Young Musicians Award with the Vermont Philharmonic since 2011. The Foundation also oversees the Vermont Festival of the Arts and the Festival Gallery, located in Waitsfield. For more information about the award or the Festival of the Arts, call 802-496-6682 or go to www.vermontartfest.com.