Watauga musicians sweep Charlotte competition
Baron Fenwick, Ledah Finck and Maura Shawn Scanlin traveled to Charlotte this past Saturday, Jan. 23, to compete in the 2010 Charlotte Symphony Young Artists Competition on the campus of Queens University, and all came home with top awards.
Baron Fenwick won the Senior Division Grand Prize, playing the first movement of Prokovfiev's Concerto No. 3 in C Major for piano.
Ledah Finck won the Best String Player award in the senior category, performing the first movement of Mozart's Concerto No. 4 in D Major for violin.
Maura Shawn Scanlin won the Junior Division Grand Prize performing Bruch's Concerto No. 1 in G Minor for violin.
All three musicians have studied music for more than 10 years with local teachers and faculty at Appalachian State University, including Bair Shagdaron, Nancy Bargerstock and Eric Koontz.
Finck and Scanlin started their musical education with Nan Strickland from Banner Elk and also participated in Appalachian State's Community Music Program.
Shagdaron accompanied Fenwick in his performance.
Fenwick, age 15, attends the North Carolina School of the Arts. Finck, age 15, attends Watauga High School, and Scanlin, 14, is attending Mountain Pathways.
For winning the senior division grand prize, Fenwick will get to perform as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte.
Scanlin will perform as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra on Sunday, May 16, in Halton Theatre in Charlotte for winning the junior division grand prize.
There were 54 competitors in the competition from all across the region, and the event is one of the oldest and most prestigious classical music competitions in the state.