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Los Alamos musicians runner-ups in competition

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By Special to the Monitor

Although Gregory Martin, a 10-year-old pianist from Farmington, N.M., won the Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition, several young musicians from Los Alamos were runners-up in the competition.First runner-up in the competition was Kathy Lin, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, who received a $550 cash award. She played Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Opus 15.” Second runner-up was Catherine Chen, a junior at LAHS, who received a $450 cash award. She played Ravel’s “Concerto in G Major, I. Allegramente.” Third runner-up was Ariel Chen, a seventh-grade student at Los Alamos Middle School, who received a $350 cash award. She played Hayden’s “Concerto in D Major, I. Vivace.” All runners-up are students of Lynn Lamb. Each performance was a memorized movement of a concerto, no longer than 15 minutes.Another student of Lamb, David Li, a LAHS freshmen won the right to compete and received $100.Li performed Mendelssohn’s “Concerto in G minor.”Martin performed Mozart’s “Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, I. Allegro.” He received an $800 cash prize and will perform with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra at the Mother’s Day concert at the Rio Grande Zoo on May 11.The Symphony Guild and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra sponsored the Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition, which is a juried contest for talented New Mexico pianists younger than 19 years old. The competition, in its 17th year, was held March 8 at Keller Hall, Fine Arts Center at the University of New Mexico. Carol Horner was chair of the event.The panel of judges included pianist Aileen Chanco, founder, and artistic/general director of the Mission Chamber Music Series in San Francisco; pianist Andrew Cooperstock, chairman of the Keyboard Department, University of Colorado; and Roger Melone, NMSO Resident Director and Chorus Director. Eleven contestants competed for the awards. All contestants received a CD recording of the competition and the judges’ comments.In 2006, the Young Artists' Competition was named for Jackie McGehee. She is a past president of the Guild, past chair of the NMSO Board of Trustees and founder of the competition. The competition will be expanded this year to include stringed instruments in 2009.