Young Artists Competition features performances of note

first_imgThe sound of young talent filled the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver on Sunday afternoon.Dramatic chords burst from a grand piano. Notes chirped quickly beneath the bow of a violin. Deep tones vibrated from an upright double bass.One by one, eight students performed classical works at the church, all vying for college scholarships as part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 20th annual Young Artists Competition. Three of the teens left Trinity on Sunday having each earned a $1,000 scholarship and the chance to perform their pieces with the Vancouver orchestra at an event in April. The five remaining students each earned scholarships worth $450.Valerie Ding, 16, smiled at times as she struck the piano keys on Sunday, momentarily throwing her arms away from the piano before striking her next notes. The junior at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland started practicing the piece, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, last summer.“It’s very focused work,” Ding said after her performance, but “it’s all for the love of music.”Her hard work paid off Sunday. She was one of the three competitors to nab a $1,000 scholarship and the opportunity to share the stage with a professional orchestra.“I’m really grateful that the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has this program,” Ding said, adding that it allows young musicians to “make their debut.”last_img

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