Symphony orchestra winners named


RICHMOND, Ind. — The Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s 60th annual Young Artist Competition and the Orchestra Within an Orchestra are part of the symphony’s long-time education programs that involve young people and their families.

The two competitions recognized two Young Artist winners and 16 Orchestra Within an Orchestra participants. The winners of the Young Artist competition are: first place, Kelsey Zetzl, Hagerstown, Clarinet; and second place, Amy Song, Centerville, Violin. The two winners receive cash prizes, and Miss Zetzl will perform with the RSO at its December concert.

The Orchestra Within an Orchestra competition is open to high school and college students. Participants on the stage in December include: Aaron Desena, Dalton Girdley, Grace Olive, Taylor Ratliff, and Amy Song of Centerville; Kelsey Zetzl of Hagerstown; Noah Freeman, Rebekah Creech, Courtney Clever, and Ashton Harvey of Richmond; Triston Migoski of Union County; Lauren and Emma Merkamp of Northeastern; and Yeheon Hong and Yunjoo Shin of Earlham.

The RSO education sponsor for the 2016 Young Artist Competition is Ahaus Tool & Engineering. Other education sponsors include: Affordable Home Care, Bethany Theological Seminary, Bill & Ruth Ann Carter, JM Hutton, Stegall-Berheide-Orr, Karl and Marjorie Sharp Fund, Wayne Bank & Trust, Wayne County Foundation, and Whitewater Valley REMC.

The Symphony’s outreach offers something for students of all ages and encourages families to come together to appreciate the fine art of symphonic music. Students in grades K-12 have the opportunity to attend RSO performances free of charge thanks to the generosity of Wayne Bank & Trust.

Tickets are still available but going fast for the December 4 concert: Classics of the Silver Screen. To purchase tickets go to, call 765-966-5181 or email [email protected].

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