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The Fort Dodge Area Symphony has had a very successful Young Artists program since 1966. The main contributing factor to the great response of students to the program is that all who win the auditions perform with the orchestra. For most other symphonies, the only student who actually performs with the orchestra is the one who finishes first. As of the 2014-15 season, there have been 191 Young Artist soloists with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony.

The winners of the 2014-15 auditions which were held on January 24, 2015 were:

Chad Schmertmann, Bettendorf, Senior, University of Northern Iowa
Dimitri Shostakovich Concerto for Piano No. 2, 1st movement

Caroline Kravse, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Junior, University of Iowa
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2, 1st movement

Nina Bernat. 9th grade, Iowa City
Dragonetti Concerto in A major, 1st movement

Veronika Silkin, 8th grade, Johnston
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st movement Vivace

The following students received Honorable Mention:

Ana Yam, 6th grade, Ames
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, 1st movement

Wenbing Yang, Iowa City, Sophomore, University of Iowa
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st movement

The young artist winners receive music scholarships established by a program set up by the Eva Paterson Estate.

Students who are interested in auditioning for the Young Artists' concert can get more information by going to the Audition Rules page or by clicking on Audition Rules (PDF) or Audition Form (PDF) to view or print PDF versions of these documents.