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Marion Philharmonic Orchestra's Concerto-Aria Competition results

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December 04, 2018
The Marion Philharmonic Orchestra held the 29th Annual MPO Concerto | Aria Competition on November 17, 2018 in the Butz-Carruth Recital Hall on the campus of Taylor University. The competition is sponsored by the MPO Friends and Dr. Steve Hyman, the inaugural winner of the competition and adjudicator for this season’s event. The competition was open to all Indiana High School students and Collegiate students in Grant County. Participants were required to perform a movement from standard repertoire that has orchestral accompaniment. Winners in both divisions received a cash prize, and the Collegiate winner will be given the opportunity to perform on a regularly scheduled MPO concert.
Winner of the High School Division was pianist Chendi Liu, 16, from Carmel, Indiana. She performed the second movement of Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Chendi will be recognized on the MPO’s upcoming Winter Concert, MLK Tribute, on Monday, January 21, 2019, in Rediger Auditorium at Taylor University. Runner-up in the High School Division was violinist Mishael Paraiso, 16, from Fort Wayne.
Clarinetist Steven Christophersen, a junior at Taylor University, was chosen as this year’s winner of the Collegiate Division for his performance of the third movement of Weber’s Concerto No. 2 in E-b Major. Steven will perform with the MPO on a regular season concert in 2019-2020. Runner-up in the Collegiate Division was vocalist Daniel Kane, a junior at Indiana Wesleyan University. Daniel performed Fecit Potentiam by C.P.E. Bach.   (Collegiate level Winner and Runner-up in photo.)*
Judges for the competition were Karri York, adjunct instructor of voice at Anderson University, IUPUI, and University of Indianapolis; Joan White, principal second violin for the MPO and teacher at Acacia Academy in Kokomo; and pianist Dr. Steve Hyman. Dr. Hyman was a featured soloist with the MPO in 2012 and 2017. Dr. Hyman is also Professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Tickets to the concerts mentioned above are available by calling the MPO Box Office at 765.662.0012 or by sending an email to
Joy Frecker, Executive Director
(765) 662-0012