Young Artists Competition: Winners
For over 40 years, the WIS has hosted the Young Artist Competition, giving our area youth the opportunity to compete for the chance to perform with the Washington Idaho Symphony along with a cash price and commemorative plaque.
The applicants submitted their applications along with a video or audio file of their performance. The Finalists were chosen by a panel of WIS orchestra members, including WIS Music Director, Dr. Danh Pham. The finalists performed in a Finalists Recital on January 26th and were judged by Drs. Mark Stevens, Troy Bennefield, and Christopher Nakielski.
The WIS is committed to supporting music education and is proud to highlight the talent we have right here in the Northwest!
This competition is supported by the Domey Gillespie Young Artists Fund at Innovia Foundation.
And The Winners Are......
High School Division: Yvette Kraft
Yvette, 16, made her debut with the Spokane Symphony at the age of eleven. Since then she has won or distinguished herself in multiple competitions and summer camps. This past summer she attended Center Stage Strings in Michigan and the Liberec International Violin Academy in the Czech Republic. She currently studies with Simon James and with Mateusz Wolski.
College Division: Bridget Scoles
Bridget Scoles, violist, is a Moscow resident and attends University of Idaho where she is a Poe Lionel Hampton School of Music Scholarship recipient. She is completing a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Music under the tutelage of Dr. Jason Moody. Bridget previous teachers have included Diane Worthey, Ferenc Cseszko, Giselle Hillyer and Timothy Betts. As a Moscow High school student, Bridget was a member of the Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra, the Moscow High School Orchestra and was chosen to participate in the Idaho All-State and All-Northwest orchestras. Bridget has also participated in Musicfest Northwest, performing on both violin and viola for eight years, winning several medals in competitive classes. In the summer of 2014, Bridget was awarded an Emerson Scholarship to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts, an internationally renowned arts camp, where she was a principal violist of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and was awarded the Maddy Summer Artist award on viola. Bridget continued her studies in chamber music and viola with Patricia McCarty at Meadowmount School of Music in the summer of 2016. In addition to her performing responsibilities at the university, Bridget is in her third year as a member of the Washington Idaho Symphony viola section.
High School Division Runner Up: Rebekah Heo
Rebekah moved to Pullman at the age of one and is currently a junior in Pullman High School. When she was four, she had an interest in the violin and from then on she has continued to play and perform for others. She has been taught by Janet DeTemple, Becky Miller, Ferenc Cseszko, and is presently learning from Meredith Arkesy. She is currently a member of the Washington Idaho Symphony and is playing in the Pullman High School Orchestra and the Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra. She has also participated in the Musicfest Northwest Festival where she has won gold medals in String Solo, Class 02 and String-Piano Sonata, Class 09. She has been chosen to go to All-State twice and she has been chosen to go to the State Solo competition. Not only was she interested in violin, Rebekah also developed an interest in piano and has been playing since she was eight. Music has always been a significant part of her life and will continue to be a part of who she is.
College Division Runner Up: Jake Berreth
Jake Berreth is a freshman at Washington State University pursuing a double major in Flute Performance and Software Engineering. He is currently principal flute in the WSU Symphony Orchestra. Jake has performed in several competitions including the WMEA Solo/Ensemble State competition, where he won 1st place in 2017 and 2018. He has also had the opportunity to play in masterclasses with Bonita Boyd, Walfrid Kujala, Jonathan Keeble, Zart Dombourian-Eby, and Catherine Ransom Karoly.