Congratulations to the 2018 Ann Keller Young Soloist winner,
Ellie Kim! 

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.

 

Meet this year’s 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

 (L-R: Amy Gustafson, judge; Michael Jinbo, judge, Ellie Kim, piano (1st place); Michael Fisher, violin (2nd place); Anisha Prabhu, violin; John Rose, cello; Ananya Tadigadapa, flute; Teri Smith, Chair & Host)

(L-R: Amy Gustafson, judge; Michael Jinbo, judge, Ellie Kim, piano (1st place); Michael Fisher, violin (2nd place); Anisha Prabhu, violin; John Rose, cello; Ananya Tadigadapa, flute; Teri Smith, Chair & Host)

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.

RULES | APPLICATION

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.

Previous Young Soloists

2017-18 Competition

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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

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 2015-2016 Competition held January 10, 2016.  

 2015-2016 Ann Keller Young Soloist Competition (L-R) Dr. Steven Smith, judge; Maestro Michael Jinbo, judge; Leah Maines; Hannah Yang; Juliette Greer, 1st place; Susan Kroeker, judge;  Maria Lan Bressan; Ay Kawasaki, Hon. Mention; Kate Skipper; Lora Boll; Henry Lee Rublein; Luisa Mei Bressan, Hon. Mention; Soomin Park; Baron Cao, Hon. Mention; Brian Curtin, 2nd place;  Rachel Zimmerman; Benjamin Firer, judge; Eilene Deng.

2015-2016 Ann Keller Young Soloist Competition (L-R) Dr. Steven Smith, judge; Maestro Michael Jinbo, judge; Leah Maines; Hannah Yang; Juliette Greer, 1st place; Susan Kroeker, judge;

Maria Lan Bressan; Ay Kawasaki, Hon. Mention; Kate Skipper; Lora Boll; Henry Lee Rublein; Luisa Mei Bressan, Hon. Mention; Soomin Park; Baron Cao, Hon. Mention; Brian Curtin, 2nd place;

Rachel Zimmerman; Benjamin Firer, judge; Eilene Deng.

2014- 2015 Competition

 2014-15 Ann Keller Young Soloist competitors and judges. Back row (L to R): (Judge) Maestro Michael Jinbo, (Judge) Dr. Steven Smith, #1-Raina Arnett, #2 (tie)-Lacey Schroeder, (Hon. Ment)-Rachel Zimmerman, Leah Maines, Ryan Lidgett, (Hon. Ment)-Noah Beattie-Moss, (Hon. Ment)-Brian Curtin, Alice Statham, Cecilia Leskowicz, (Judge) Benjamin Firer, (Judge) Dr. Naomi Seidman. Front Row (L to R): Anna Miller, Lora Kate Boll, Aileen McKinstry, Eilene Deng, #2 (tie)-Ay Kawasaki, (Hon. Ment.)-Mahima Kumara. Not pictured: Mariana Corichi

2014-15 Ann Keller Young Soloist competitors and judges. Back row (L to R): (Judge) Maestro Michael Jinbo, (Judge) Dr. Steven Smith, #1-Raina Arnett, #2 (tie)-Lacey Schroeder, (Hon. Ment)-Rachel Zimmerman, Leah Maines, Ryan Lidgett, (Hon. Ment)-Noah Beattie-Moss, (Hon. Ment)-Brian Curtin, Alice Statham, Cecilia Leskowicz, (Judge) Benjamin Firer, (Judge) Dr. Naomi Seidman. Front Row (L to R): Anna Miller, Lora Kate Boll, Aileen McKinstry, Eilene Deng, #2 (tie)-Ay Kawasaki, (Hon. Ment.)-Mahima Kumara. Not pictured: Mariana Corichi