ANN KELLER YOUNG SOLOIST COMPETITION
About the Competition
The Ann Keller Young Soloist Competition honors the woman to whom we owe the birth of the Nittany Valley Symphony over 50 years ago. Her tireless efforts organized the Symphony to perform in concert and in schools. This competition, held in her honor, allows serious pianists and instrumentalists, grade nine through twelve, to compete to perform a movement of a concerto with the orchestra. The NVS Guild is proud to have encouraged many career musicians and to have added to the musical growth of the community. Currently, the Keller Competition is chaired by Teri Smith.
Contestants compete for a first place prize of $250 and a performance of a contest piece with the Nittany Valley Symphony at the family concert, a professionally-recorded CD of the concert, complimentary tickets for immediate family and a framed certificate. The second place prize is $100.
Congratulations to the 2018 Ann Keller Young Soloist winner,
Five incredibly talented young musicians participated in our competition this year, held on November 11. Competition winner, Ellie Kim, piano, will perform Concerto #2 in F minor, Op. 21, mvt. I by Frederic Chopin with the Nittany Valley Symphony at our Family Concert on February 24, 2019.
2018-19 Competition contestants
Ellie Kim (1st place) – Ellie is a senior at State College Area High School and studies piano with Christopher Guzman
Anisha Prabhu – Anisha is a sophomore at State College Area High School and studies with Sally Williams Minnich
Michael Fisher (2nd place) – Michael is a sophomore at Williamsport Area High School and studies with James Lyon
John Rose – John is a senior at Hollidaysburg Area High School and studies with Carol Lyon
Ananya Tadigadapa – Ananya is a sophomore at State College Area High School and studies with Naomi Seidman
Previous Young Soloists
Left to right: front - Steven Smith, judge; Leah Maines, violin; Ellie Kim, piano-2nd place; Aaron Li, piano. Left to right: back - John Rose, cello; Ben Deighton, cello-1st place; Mchael Fisher, violin; Rachel Zimmerman, violin; Michael Jinbo, judge.
2016-17 Ann Keller Young Soloist Competition
2015-2016 Competition held January 10, 2016.
2014- 2015 Competition