WARSAW — Anna Stout, a home-school junior in high school from Warsaw, won the top prize in the Young Artists Competition staged by the Symphony of the Lakes at the Performing Arts Center at Warsaw Community High School, Saturday, March 17.
Stout, a violinist, performed Symphonie Espagnole by Edouard Lalo. In addition to being awarded a scholarship, she will perform the Lalo work with the Symphony of the Lakes at its Americana concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5,. in the Winona Heritage Room.
Second place in the competition went to Felix Perez Diener, a pianist from Goshen High School who played a piano concerto by Robert Muczynski. Third place went to Joshua Catanzaro, a senior at Maconaquah High School, who played the third movement of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.
Other competitors in the senior division included Allyn Beifus, Graydon Brath, Wendy Kleintank, Rachel Miller, Matthew Roth and Sophie Steele. Symphony of the Lakes director Thomas Stirling complimented the performers, saying they were of “outstanding quality” and that they showed a great deal of musicianship.
For the first time, there was also a junior division competition this year, for students in the middle school age range. The top winner in this division was Rachel Madison, who played a Frederick Seitz concerto on the violin. Second place went to Karissa Brath, a violinist from Warsaw, and third place to Catherine Madison, who played a movement from a Mozart violin concerto. Other competitors in the junior division were Rachel Doyle, Luci Grossnickle and Jaydn Hart.