For the 13th time, high school musicians have come together to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and college scholarship. The Levente Medveczky Student Scholarship Competition was held March 23 at the Orem Library’s Ashton Auditorium, with the winner receiving a $500 scholarship and a spot with the Utah Baroque Ensemble on March 24. April.
It was a return to form for the scholarship competition, having been skipped in 2021 due to COVID-19. The ensemble itself was unable to perform any of its regular shows in 2020 or for Easter 2021. The competitors each performed a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The winner was Alina Baron, a 16-year-old violinist attending Mountain Heights Academy, an online school. According to the ensemble’s website, Baron began playing the violin at age 3 and has performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, and Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra. . Baron is also a violin teacher and president of the Joyful Sounds children’s choir.
According to Diane Teichert, president of the Utah Baroque Ensemble, the competition is a great way to bring out talented young musicians.
“A lot of them are really dedicated musicians. It was more of a competition for students who are serious about pursuing their musical education in college,” Teichert said. cream.”
The nine students competing were Katherine Ricks (piano), Logan Purser (viola), Ella Madsen (piano), Dawson Rasmussen (piano), Spencer Lyle (violin), Kelsey Berges (piano), Zachary Richter (piano), Madelyn Thiriot (violin) and Baron. All other finalists received $100 prizes and a certificate for their achievements.
The competition was sponsored by the Utah Baroque Ensemble. It was judged by Martha Sargent, the ensemble’s director, and Katy Russell.
Teichert thanked Nathan Robison and staff at the Orem Public Library, the Community Recreation Association (Cyprus Credit Union), the Orem CARE program, the Utah Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for their support.