Finalists

2017
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Chelsea Bernstein

East Carolina University - Cellist Chelsea Bernstein received a Bachelors degree in Cello Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY, where she studied with Julia Lichten. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase, Ms. Bernstein earned a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of South Florida, where she was awarded the position of Graduate Cello Assistant under the tutelage of Scott Kluksdahl and Helga Winold. An endlessly inspired chamber musician, Ms. Bernstein spends her summers as a Teaching Assistant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. There, she has participated in the prestigious Fellowship String Quartet, Winter Chamber Music Residency and Dirt Road Ensemble programs. Chelsea currently... [read more]
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Caleb Carpenter

UNC School of the Arts - Caleb Carpenter is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance under Robert Young at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Since beginning at UNCSA, Caleb has performed with the UNCSA Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble as lead alto saxophone, the Atchara Saxophone Quartet as the baritone chair, and the uncsaX Saxophone Ensemble. Caleb has had success in many competitions across the country; most recently he was named the national winner of the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind competition in the spring of 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a semi-finalist in the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance’s College Solo Competition at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 he was a finalist in... [read more]
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Rachel Davis

Appalachian State University - Rachel Davis is a rising senior majoring in music therapy at Appalachian State University. She is originally from Satellite Beach, Florida and began studying bassoon at the age of 12. Rachel is currently a student of Dr. Jon Beebe. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Hayes Young Artist Scholarship. After graduation, Rachel plans to study music therapy at the graduate level and practice as a music therapist for hospice and palliative care.  [read more]
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Owen Dodds

UNC School of the Arts - Owen Dodds, age 21, is a junior in college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studies piano with Dmitri Shteinberg. Born in Rochester, New York, Mr. Dodds has lived in various locations in the United States and Europe. In 2009, Mr. Dodds began studying at the UNC School of the Arts as an eighth grader in the high school program, with Clifton Matthews and later Dmitri Shteinberg. Mr. Dodds has attended and performed at several music festivals, including the Tibor Varga Music Festival in Switzerland, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Germany, the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Florida and the Meadowmount School of Music in NY. Mr. Dodds has... [read more]
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Ethan Garner

Appalachian State University - Ethan Garner is a tenor from Robbins, North Carolina. While in middle school, he found a strong love for classical music where he began playing the violin and saxophone. Ethan continued his education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he has studied numerous roles including King Kaspar in Amahl and The Night Visitors, Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Vašek in The Bartered Bride, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. He has developed an incredible passion for music while studying at Appalachian State. This Fall, Ethan will be pursuing his Masters in Vocal Performance at the Mannes School of Music in New York, New York. [read more]
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Isaac Pyatt

UNC Greensboro - Isaac Pyatt is an undergraduate percussion performance major at UNCG, where he is a recipient of a School of Music Minerva Scholarship. In 2017 he was a winner in the UNCG Student Artist Competition. He won the North Carolina Percussive Arts Society University Soloist Competition in 2016 and 2017. In 2015 he performed with the UNCG percussion ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. In high school, Isaac attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Brevard Music Center, and NC Governor's School West. In addition to performing and promoting his own music, he has premiered and recorded works by John Mackey, Jason Treuting, Kendall Williams, Mark Engebretson, Adam Silverman, Binshan Zhao, and Wesley... [read more]
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Lyndsey Swann

UNC Greensboro - Lyndsey Swann, a student of Professor Clara O'Brien, holds her MM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and her BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Central Florida. Most recently, Lyndsey performed the role of Magda Sorel in The Consul (Menotti) with UNCG Opera Theater in the April of 2016. She has also performed the roles of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief (also by Menotti) as well as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. Ms. Swann has also been a member of the ensemble for Greensboro Opera’s production of Carmen by Bizet and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s productions of Tosca by Puccini and La Traviata by Verdi... [read more]
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Eva Wetzel

UNC School of the Arts - Eva Wetzel, violin, began studying piano at age three and violin at age four. She attended the pre-college program at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School and is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Music at UNCSA with Professor Ida Bieler. She has won many national and international competitions, including “Jugend Musiziert”, the Omega Talent Hunt and the MANC String Competition. She had the opportunity to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School to study with Professor Cornelia Heard. Eva is playing a violin by Marc de Sterke from 2011.  [read more]