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. We honor her memory with this competition, which allows serious pianists and instrumentalists, grade nine through twelve, to compete to perform a movement of a concerto with the orchestra. This year marks the 33rd year of the competition. The NVS Guild is proud to have encouraged many career musicians and to have added to the musical growth of the community. These fine students represent the cream of the crop in their fields.
This year’s competition was held Saturday, November 11, 2017, and the winner, Ben Deighton, cello, performed with NVS in the Family Concert, January 28, 2018 held at Bellefonte Area High School Theatre.
The Keller Competition is chaired by Teri Smith. The rules and application can be found below:
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.
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