Hays Symphony to host Young Artist Competition

Hays Symphony to host Young
Artist Competition

11/09/07 jm Local, area, NPR
HAYS, Kan. -- Three outstanding student musicians -- one each from Oklahoma State University, the University of Kansas and Sterling College -- have won the right to perform at the Hays Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

Jason Cash, an Oklahoma State University sophomore, will play the trombone, Emma Casey, a University of Kansas freshman, will play the flute, and Amanda Hoover, a Sterling College graduate student, will play the violin.

Cash is a music education major. He won second prize in the 2007 Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Instrumental Scholarship Competition and was awarded the 2006-2007 Hiram Henry Award for outstanding OSU freshman low brass player. He also won a Wentz Choral Scholarship.

Cash has been a member of the Symphonic Band, Cowboy Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble II, Trombone Ensemble and Concert Chorale and was selected for the OSU Presidents Leadership Council and the College of Arts and Sciences Freshman Forum.

Cash received superior ratings at every district, state and tri-state solo competition from grades 6 to 12, and he was a member of the Red Carpet Honor Band every year from grades 7 to 12. In addition to his musical achievements, Cash is also an Eagle Scout.

Casey, majoring in flute performance, is the principal flutist of the KU Symphony Orchestra and is assistant principal flutist of the Wind Ensemble.

Casey began playing the flute at the age of five through the Suzuki method. She was a member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony for eight years and served as principal flutist of the Symphony Orchestra for the 2005 to 2007 seasons, which included a concert tour of Italy.

Casey was the principal flutist of the 2006-2007 Kansas All-State Honor Orchestra and has been the principal flutist of the Prairie Winds Festival at KU and for the University of Kansas-Kansas City Youth Wind Ensemble.

A National Merit Scholar, Casey attends KU on full academic and music scholarships.

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Hoover graduated from Sterling College and is now in her second year as a graduate violin performance major. She is a member in the Wichita Symphony Graduate String Quartet, participating in the Wichita Symphony, performing recitals and at children’s concerts around Wichita.

The Hays Symphony Orchestra will also perform "La Creation du monde," by Darius Milhaud, and "Radetzky March," by Johann Strauss. Conducting is Dr. Jeff Jordan, FHSU assistant professor of music.

The DeBakey Heart Institute and the Hays Symphony Guild are sponsoring the concert.

The admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. FHSU students with a Tiger Card are admitted free. Children 12 and under also get in free.

For more information, call the FHSU Department of Music at (785) 628-4533.

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