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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 2013-14 season, there have been 187 Young Artist soloists with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony.

The winners of the 2013-14 auditions which were held on January 18, 2014 were:

Jacob Wang, Ankeny
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, 3rd movement

David Bernat, Iowa City
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, 1st movement

Tzu-Han Hsu, Ames
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st movement

For more information about each of the winners, please click on their names.

The following students received Honorable Mention:

Luke Most, Des Moines
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, 1st movement

YiJuSeo, Iowa City
Saint Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 in B 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.