Taylor University sophomore Hasun Yoo won the Collegiate Division of Marion Philharmonic Orchestra’s 27th Annual Concerto Aria Competition for young artists.
The competition was held in November in the Butz Carruth Recital Hall on the Taylor campus, and was sponsored by friends of the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and Dr. Steve Hyman, the inaugural winner of the competition and member of the judges panel for this season’s event.
The event was open to all Indiana high school students and collegiate students in Grant County. Participants were required to play a movement from the standard repertoire that has orchestral accompaniment. Winners in both divisions received a cash prize, and both the Collegiate and High School Division winners will be given the opportunity to perform on a regularly scheduled MPO concert.
Yoo, a violinist, was recognized for her performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major. She will perform with the Marion Philharmonic during a regular season concert in the 2017-2018 season.
Winner of the High School Division was pianist Sage Hamm, 15, a home school student from Middletown, Indiana. He performed the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor. Hamm will perform as a soloist during the Philharmonic’s Chamber Concert on Saturday, March 4, 2017, in the Butz Carruth Recital Hall at Taylor.
Judges for the competition were Mary Beth Coolidge, adjunct instructor of voice at Anderson University; Joan White, principal second violin for the MPO and teacher at Acacia Academy in Kokomo; and pianist Dr. Steve Hyman. Hyman was a featured soloist with the MPO in 2012 and will return this season to perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, No. 10 in E-flat Major, with Steinway artist Marilyn Shields-Wiltsie on the season finale on Friday, April 21, 2017. Hyman is also Professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Tickets to the concerts mentioned above are available by calling the MPO Box Office at (765) 662-0012.