Scottsdale students compete, win at AZ Musicfest competition

Arizona Musicfest announces the winners from this year’s 2015 Piano, Vocal and Instrumental Competitions which were held in March and April.

Each year, Arizona Musicfest attracts some of the brightest young musical talent from around the state of Arizona, to its instrumental and vocal competitions.

“Arizona Musicfest is continually impressed by the level of refined artistry and talent that our Young Musicians Competitions attract.  We are now in our fourteenth year of holding these competitions and we are so honored and thrilled to discover and reward such outstanding talent.  Fostering our future musicians is such an important part of our mission and it will be a delight to hear them perform on May 3,” said Allan Naplan, executive director of the Arizona Musicfest.

Nearly 100 talented young artists, seventh-twelfth grades annually compete in the Musicfest Competitions, which are organized into divisions, based on their grade level. The judges award up to three winners per division, with many performing in the showcase Winners Concert.

Scottsdale winners were:

  • Alicia Wu, viola: 1st place, grade 8: BASIS Scottsdale
  • Audrey Wang, violin: 2nd place, grade 7: Explorer Middle School
  • Kimberly Schneider, violin: tie for 3rd place, grade 7: BASIS Scottsdale

The top young talent will be performing a concert of their competition-winning selections at the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Winners Concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, in the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the MIM’s website.

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