SALEM, OR (March 10, 2017) – The Vernon L. Wiscarson Young Musicians’ Competition, sponsored by the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem (OSAS) and funded by the Wiscarson family endowment, has recently announced its 2017 winners. Held at Smith Music Hall on the Western Oregon University campus and adjudicated by Oregon Symphony musicians and a WOU music faculty professor, 19 aspiring Mid-Willamette Valley musicians aged 11-18 participated in this exciting event. OSAS awards the winners with cash prizes: $600 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Two honorable mention contestants are each awarded $100.
This year, West Salem High School senior, Travis Scharer, won first place for his moving rendition of Elgar’s Cello Concerto Op. 85. Travis won second place in last year’s Wiscarson Competition, making this year’s win even more special. A serious cellist with over eight years of performing experience including state championship placements, Travis plans to major in Cello Performance in college and later join a professional orchestra.
Pianist Ivy Ding, a sophomore at Crescent Valley High School, won second place with her moving interpretation of Bach’s Concerto in D minor. In third place was senior Marah Christenson from Silverton High School with her lovely performance of Flute Concertino, Opus 107 Cecile Chaminade. Honorable Mentions went to Avery Hsieh on piano and Jonathan Evans on tenor saxophone.
Founded in 1955, the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem presents Oregon Symphony and other high-caliber concerts each season at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium. For 60 years, OSAS has worked to bring world-class music and culture right to your doorstep.