Every year the Wichita Symphony holds the annual Youth Talent competition for members of the Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras. The selection committee for these awards consists of the conductors of the Repertory Orchestra and Youth Symphony and two professional musicians from the community. These auditions showcase the talent of Wichita’s brightest young musicians, and provide opportunities for scholarships to music camps and for future music majors. This year’s competition will be held Saturday, December 8 at Wilbur Middle School and is open to the public.
Youth Talent Award
Open to all seniors in the Youth Orchestras Program. The first place winner will perform with the Youth Symphony in the spring concert and is awarded a $250 honorarium. Each auditionee must audition with the musical selection to be performed with the orchestra.
Stephen Paul Wunsch Foundation for Young Musicians Award
Open to all members of the Youth Orchestras Program. This award provides a partial scholarship to the Interlochen Music Camp, Aspen Music School, the Brevard Music Festival or other comparable music camp.
Senseney Music Inc. Youth Talent Award for Winds and Percussion
Awarded to the winning wind or percussion player at the Youth Talent Auditions. In the event the winner of the Youth Talent Award is a wind or percussion player, the Senseney Award will be presented to the second place wind or percussion player. The Senseney Award includes a $50 honorarium.
McHugh Violins, Inc. Talent Award for Strings
Awarded to the winning string player at the Youth Talent Auditions. If the Youth Talent Award is presented to a string player, the McHugh Award will be presented to the second place string player. This award includes a $50 honorarium.
HONORS AND AWARDS
James P. Robertson Award
A $750 award will be presented during the spring concert to a graduating senior in the Youth Orchestras Program. Selection of a recipient is based on artistic excellence, potential, attitude, overall involvement in the Youth Orchestras Program and the pursuit of a music major following graduation.
Jancie Hupp Memorial Fund Award
The Janice Hupp Memorial Fund was established in 1999 upon her death to recognize her dedication and service to music and music education in south-central Kansas. A product of the Wichita Public School system herself, Ms. Hupp was a member of the Wichita Youth Orchestras as a student. From 1978-1988, she served as Manager of the Youth Orchestra program. Through these awards, her legacy of helping aspiring students achieve their goals will be continued in perpetuity. Those wishing to make contributions to the Janice Hupp Memorial Fund should contact the Wichita Symphony Orchestra at 316-267-5259.
The Eldon Lipp Memorial Viola Award
Established in 2002 by his family to recognize his decades of service and dedication to the string students of our region, the student winning this prize is allowed to perform for a year on the beautiful memorial viola bearing the Eldon Lipp memorial inscription.
Paul Conrad Woolwine “Rising Star” String Scholarship
A $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior who will be enrolled as a music major in college. Those wishing to make contributions to the Paul Conrad Woolwind “Rising Star” String Scholarship should contact the Wichita Symphony Orchestra at 316-267-5259. The Paul Conrad Woolwine Violin Award was established in 2012 by his family as a tribute to his years as a member of the Youth Orchestras program. A student winning this prize is allowed to perform for a year on this wonderful violin.
Additional awards may also be presented in the spring to seniors. Each scholarship is awarded to members in the Youth Orchestras program who have exemplified excellence in the program. Recommendations for these awards are made by the artistic and administrative staff.