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Music competition winners to perform March 26

Young winners of the annual Bach Competition and Gail Newby Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale, will perform at 8 p.m. March 26 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster.

As the first place winner of the Gail Newby Concerto Competition, piano division, 16-year-old Alice Hyoung, Northridge, will open the program with the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”).

Hyoung will share the program with instrumental division first place winner, Melody Chang, a 22-year-old violinist from Diamond Bar. She will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, 1st movement, allegro and moderato.

Hyoung and Chang each received scholarship awards of $400 for their accomplishments. Other top competitors not performing are Miles McAllister, second place instrumental, Nathan Le, third place instrumental and Justin Yew, second place piano. Honorable mentions were awarded to instrumentalists Mimi Jung, Tiffany Wee, Morgan Little, Hillary Smith, and pianist Yoori Choi.

In a 7 p.m. recital prior to the concert, four first-place winners of the AVSOMC Bach Competition will perform.  They are Chyna Cammagay, 8, of Lancaster, Thompson Wang, 11, Fountain Valley, Andrew Agate, 16, Moorpark and Heidi Hatch, 18, La Crescenta.

These first place division winners received scholarships of $200 each. Three second place division winners received $100 scholarships: Lance Cammagay, 11, of Lancaster, Abagail Tsai, 12, Westlake Village and Phoebe Kim, 17, Cypress. Honorable mentions were awarded to instrumentalists Jonathan Kim and Katrina Agate.  

The Bach competition was started 12 years ago to promote achievement in the arts by young people, according to Dr. David Newby, artistic director. The Gail Newby Concerto Competition is in its eighth year and is open to young musicians under the age of 25. Gail Newby, the late wife of David Newby, was the principal keyboard player for the symphony for many years and an adjunct instructor at Antelope Valley College.

Sponsorship funding for AVSOMC’s youth programs is provided by Lancaster-West Rotary Club (scholarship underwriting) and the Lancaster Performing Arts Center Foundation.

For more information on AVSOMC music competition programs, please visit the Web site at , or look for the organization on Facebook under “Antelope Valley College Opera/ AVSOMC”. Tickets for the March 26 concert featuring these performers are available at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center box office, (661) 723-5950 or .