Youth Talent Auditions
On December 14, 2013,
the Topeka Symphony will hold the 61st annual Youth Talent Auditions.
Each year the Symphony sponsors this event to give high school students
the opportunity to perform a solo with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra.
Out of four areas of competition - keyboard, strings, wind and
percussion instruments, and voice - one student is chosen to perform
with the Topeka Symphony and the first runner-up appears at the Topeka
Symphony Youth Orchestra concert. Scholarships are awarded by Capitol
Youth Talent Competition Registration Form
The TSO is pleased to announce
the 2012-2013 Youth Talent Audition winners:
- Overall Winner - Chaeyoung Park, piano, sophomore from Lawrence
- Runner-up and winner of the Strings Division - Jacob Moldrup,
cello, senior from Manhattan
- Winner of the Keyboard Division: Casey Lindsted, piano, senior
from Bel Aire
The Overall Winner performs with the TSO on the April 20th concert.
The runner-up performed at the TSO Youth Ensembles concert on March 3,
Chaeyoung Park, Overall Topeka Symphony Youth Talent
Audition Winner 2012-2013
||Fifteen-year old Chaeyoung
Park, from South Korea, has been studying with Dr. Jack Winerock of the
University of Kansas piano faculty for six years. She also studies with
Dr. Scott McBride Smith. She started piano at age six and came to the
United States in 2007. In South Korea, she won the Seoul Chamber
Orchestra Music Competition and the Coyang City Mayor's Award. Ms. Park
is the daughter of Jiyeon Lee and Euichul Park. She is a sophomore at
Bishop Seabury Academy.
Chaeyoung won First Place in the 2012
IIYM International Piano Competition, as well as the 2012 IIYM audience
prize. She was the youngest semifinalist and finalist at the 2012
Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. She was awarded
first place in the Junior Level of the Louisiana International Piano
Competition in 2011. The competition website described her performance
as "astounding" and "exquisite".
performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as the result of
winning First Place in the American Protégé International Competition and received first places
in the Junior Division in Missouri Western Young Artist Piano
Competition and KCMTA-Heritage Philharmonic Concerto Competition. She
placed first at the Fite Family Young Artists Competition and was a
prizewinner in the Kansas City Symphony Young Artist Competition. She
was the Kansas state and West Central Division MTNA Junior Piano
champion in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. She has performed with Rochester
Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Neil Varon and with the
Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor, Jim Murray. She has
performed on KANU/KPR radio several times. Aside from playing piano, she
likes hanging out with her friends, doing crafts, and reading.
Jacob Moldrup, First Runner-up and Winner of the Strings Division
Topeka Symphony Youth Talent Auditions 2012-2013
|The First Runner-up and
winner of the Strings Division of the 2012-2013 Youth Talent
Competition is cellist Jacob Moldrup. Jacob is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Kurt Moldrup and lives in Manhattan, Kansas. He is a
homeschooled senior. He has studied the cello for a total of
thirteen years. He studied for six years with Carolyn Sandquist
and with Dr. David Littrell since then. Jacob has been a musician in multiple chamber
music groups, orchestras, music competitions and music camps.
was a member of the Topeka Symphony Debut and Youth Orchestras conducted
by Breta Bloomberg. He was a member of the Gold Orchestra in Manhattan
conducted by Dr. David Littrell and he has traveled to Nebraska,
Colorado, Arizona and Illinois with the Gold Orchestra. In 2013, Jacob
will travel with the Gold Orchestra to New York to perform in Carnegie
Hall as a soloist and Conductor Assistant. He has attended music camps
in Kansas and Massachusetts. In 2010 he won first place at the Manhattan
Town Center Music Festival. He also performs at his church Grace
Jacob's future plans are to receive a bachelor's degree in
Music Education at Kansas State University, a Master's degree in Music
Education at Wichita State University and a Doctorate in Music Education
at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to music, Jacob enjoys
soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming and football.
Lindsted, Keyboard Division Winner of the 2012-2013 Topeka Symphony
Youth Talent Auditions
||Casey Lindsted, piano, is the winner
of the Keyboard Division. He performed the Third Movement of George
Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F Major at the Topeka Symphony Youth Talent
Auditions. Casey is the son of Kyle and Anita Lindsted and lives in Bel
Aire, Kansas. He is a senior at Sunrise Christian Academy.
began taking piano lessons while he was in elementary school but quit
after only one year. In seventh grade he returned to piano after
becoming interested in jazz. He studies with Dr. Sylvia Coats. He plays
keyboard and electric bass in the school pep band and is the pianist at
Community Bible Chapel. He plays double bass in the Wichita Youth
Symphony and won first place in the Wichita Area Piano Teacher's League
Concerto Auditions. He has received consecutive "1" ratings at the Blue
Ridge Fine Arts Festival. He has attended the International Institute
for Young Musicians and performs in several chamber ensembles.
is an amateur film critic, avid jazz listener and loves anything and
everything Batman in addition to being a fan of comic books. Casey plans
to major in piano performance at Wichita State University.
Scholarships and Awards
TSO Performance Scholarships
Topeka Symphony Orchestra offers scholarships to string students
accepted as a member of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. Acceptance into
the orchestra is by audition and scholarships are awarded based on the
audition and an application.
Elna Friedstrom Awards
Symphony League awards grants to musicians in the Topeka Symphony Youth
Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic. These awards honor the memory of
Elna Friedstrom, a long-time volunteer and supporter of the Topeka
Symphony Youth Ensembles. These grants are awarded in the spring and are
based on applications submitted by the students.