The Ann Keller Young Soloist Competition honors the woman to whom we owe the birth of the Nittany Valley Symphony 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 32st 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 will be held Sunday, January 15, 2017, and the winner will perform with NVS in the Family Concert, February 26, 2017 to be held at Bellefonte Area High School Theatre.  The 2nd place winner will perform with Central PA Youth Orchestra.  

The Keller Competition is chaired by Teri Smith. The rules and application can be found below:

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. 

 

 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