Music students around Yavapai County competed in two age divisions for prizes totaling $6,500 this past Sunday, and the public is invited to hear the first place winners perform at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Prescott Adult Center.
Shalom Eis, a senior from Dewey, earned first place in the Senior Division, Brass/Woodwinds category of the Yavapai Symphony Guild's Young Musicians competition. She's been playing flute for eight or nine years, and said she will definitely continue playing in college, whether she majors in music, art, writing or maybe early childhood development.
Shalom describes the composition she will play, "Andante Et Scherzo" by Louis Ganne as a "kind of slow piece with a few lively little scales. Then it's got really fun, fast passages, fun to play with the doubletongue, and also a really smooth dreamy part."
Emma Steverson, 12, earned a first place finish this past Sunday singing in the Junior Division, Voice. Gina Steverson, mother, said both her daughters, Emma and Kirsi, 14, who placed second, both sing and play piano and clarinet. Emma also performs with the Prescott Center for the Arts theater.
"I grew up in performing arts, it was a huge part of my life," said Gina Steverson, who also plays the clarinet. "I saw that my kids, when young, really loved music. I didn't want to waste that. We've given them an opportunity to grow and develop those talents."
Both girls started voice lessons with Arlene Hardy about a year ago. Emma's goal is to sing opera, and her favorite musical is The Phantom of the Opera.
In the Strings competition, Micah Arminio placed first on the violin in the Junior Division, grades 6-9. He will play "Sarabande" by Carl Bohm. Mathew Lanning placed second on cello and Glory Glidden placed third on violin.
In Strings, Senior Division, grades 10-12, Johan Glidden earned first place on violin. He will perform "Rumanian Folk Dances" by Bela Bartok. Emily Nardo placed second on violin; Gabriel Riegner earned third place on mandolin.
In the Piano competition, Junior Division, John Maximillian Roberts earned first place and will perform "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy. Matthew Lanning earned another second place on his second instrument - a first in the competition's history - and Cameron MacKensie received third place. The Promise Award went to Silas Wiesner.
In the Senior Division on piano, Gabriel Schirn earned first place and will perform "Ballad in F major" by Chopin. Stephen Ramsey placed second, Daniel Carlisi won third, and Christopher Eis fourth place.
In Junior Division, Voice, Emma Steverson placed first and will perform "The Nightingale" by Alexander Alabieff and "Piango Gemo" by Vivaldi. Kirsi Steverson earned second place.
In Senior Division, Voice, Summer Allen earned first place and will sing "Vedrai Carino" by Mozart, "Vous m'avez regarde avec toute votre ame" by Lili Boulanger and "Dream" by Richy Ian Gordon. Kaela McMahon placed second and Mariana Hernandez third.
In the Brass/Woodwinds category in the Junior Division,
Kristine Ramirez won third place on flute.
Senior Division includes first place winner Shalom Eis, flute, who will perform "Andante Et Scherzo" by Louis Ganne. Judges awarded two places to Rachel Zea, flute, and Margaret "Margo" Schultz, oboe. Two fourth places went to Isaac Rounseville on trumpet, and Naomi Worob on flute.
The Prescott Adult Center is located at 1280 E. Rosser Street, Prescott. The concert is free and open to the public.