Winners for the 2017 Competition were selected at the live final round on July 30th, 2017 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts in Boone, NC.

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Eva Wetzel -
First Place
Audience Choice

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]
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Lyndsey Swann - Second Place

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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Owen Dodds - Third Place

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]