Young Artist Competition winners announced


LIMA — The Friends of the Symphony recently hosted the 57th annual “Young Artists Competition” for college musicians at Bluffton University.

The competition featured piano, woodwind and brass performers. Cash awards were presented to eight finalists after a finalist concert held that evening. This year’s finalists were:

• 1st place junior woodwinds, flute: Samantha Tartamella, Bowling Green State University

• 2nd place junior woodwinds, flute: Francesca Leo, Bowling Green State University

• 1st place junior piano: Qingcheng Zeng, Bowling Green State University

• 2nd place junior piano: Xi Li, Bowling Green State University

• 1st place senior woodwinds, Alto Sax: Connor Mikula, University of Michigan

• 2nd place senior woodwinds, Sax: Kendra Heslip, Bowling Green State University

• 1st place senior piano: Yaoyue Huang, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

• 2nd place senior piano: Elizabeth Yao, Indiana University

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