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C.O. Symphony Assn. announces Young Artist Competition winners, presents children’s concert, instrument petting zoo

Central Oregon Symphony

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Central Oregon Symphony Association proudly reveals the distinguished winners of the 2023 Young Artist Competition. A celebration of exceptional talent and dedication to musical excellence, the competition attracted submissions from young musicians nationwide.

The 2023 Young Artist Competition, held via submitted video recordings, drew attention from a spectrum of gifted young artists under the age of 19. Notably, winners were selected based on their outstanding performances and promise in the world of classical music.

The competition's winners and their respective honors are:

First Place: Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, Cello

Second Place: Maggie Carter, Double Bass

Third Place: Avery Armstrong, Piano

Honorable Mention: Leo Trajano, Violin

Each winner has not only earned prestigious accolades but will also grace the Central Oregon Symphony's Winter Concert Series, scheduled to take place at Bend Senior High School on February 24th and 25th, 2024 at 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm respectively. Their performances promise to enrich and captivate audiences, showcasing the remarkable talent fostered by the COSA Young Artist Competition.

This year's winners were selected by a panel of judges, evaluating performances that resonated with passion, technical skill, and artistic interpretation. The Central Oregon Symphony Association extends heartfelt congratulations to Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, Maggie Carter, Avery Armstrong, and Leo Trajano for their exceptional achievements.

The COSA Young Artist Competition not only provides a platform for emerging talent but also offers monetary awards to support the winners' musical journeys. The first-place recipient will receive $1250, the second-place will receive $1000, and the third-place winner receives $750.

Participants were required to submit their applications, recordings, and a registration fee via the COSA website, showcasing their musical prowess and dedication to their craft. The competition, which received an overwhelming response, exemplifies COSA's commitment to nurturing young musicians and fostering a vibrant classical music community.

The Central Oregon Symphony Association (COSA) proudly announces the upcoming Virginia Riggs Children's Concert and Petting Zoo, an event designed to spark a passion for music within the younger crowd. Named in honor of the Symphony's former cellist, Virginia Riggs, whose dedication to educating young minds resonates through this event, the concert promises an engaging, interactive experience for children and those young at heart.

Scheduled for Saturday, February 24, at Bend Senior High School, the event commences at 9 am with the instrument petting zoo. Here, children will have the unique opportunity to explore and interact closely with various orchestral instruments under the guidance of Symphony musicians. From the enchanting melodies of violins to the commanding presence of brass instruments, attendees can discover their musical talents by trying their hand at different instruments.

The excitement continues at 10 am as the Virginia Riggs Children's Concert begins. Crafted with young audiences in mind, this interactive musical journey invites children to immerse themselves in the captivating world of orchestral music. Led by COSA musicians, the concert promises to captivate young minds through a specially designed program that combines entertainment and education.

The Central Oregon Symphony encourages families and music enthusiasts to mark their calendars for this enriching event. Admission is open to all, with no tickets required, fostering a welcoming environment for everyone to participate and indulge in the joy of music.

Join the Central Oregon Symphony for an unforgettable day of musical exploration and inspiration at the Virginia Riggs Children's Concert and Petting Zoo.

For more information about the Central Oregon Symphony Association and future events, please visit COSA's official website, or contact

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