The Women’s Symphony Association has announced its 2019 Youth Instrumental Competition winners.
Dawson Freeman, a home-schooled senior who plays the piano, won first place in the piano and strings category of the senior division. Second- and third-place winners were, respectively, Sarah Stoltzfus and Alarie Hurst. Both violinists, they are juniors at Lancaster Mennonite High School.
Flutist Joselyn Castaneda, a McCaskey High School senior, earned first place in the woodwinds category of the senior division. Jonathan Helm, a clarinetist from Lancaster Country Day School, took second. Donegal High School senior Spencer Houser, who plays the oboe, took third.
In the junior division, freshman violinist Naomi-Jeanne Main, who attends McCaskey, earned first place. Veritas Academy freshman pianist John Adkins won second place. Third place went to Holly Bogle, an eighth-grade home-schooled violinist.
The signature program of the Women’s Symphony Association, the Young Music Masters Competition finals will be held at 3 p.m. June 9 at The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St. Tickets are $20 at the door.
The senior first- and second-place winners and the junior first-place winner will perform with the Allegro Orchestra, directed by Brian Norcross.
There will be monetary awards for first, second and third places. The first-place winner will also receive a $5,000 scholarship.
The mission of the association is to promote classical music to the youth of Lancaster County and encourage interest in symphonic music.