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The 61st Annual Young Artists Competition
for Piano, Wind/Brass


March 27th, 2023        Entry Deadline

March 27th, 2023        Participants music due to accompanist

April 21st, 2023           Notification of performance time

April 29th, 2023          Competition Day 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

April 29th, 2023           Finalist Concert 7:30 p.m.

All activities take place at: 

Yoder Recital Hall

Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio


First Place Senior Division Piano: $1,000.00

First Place Senior Division Wind/Brass: $1,000.00

Second Place Senior Division Piano: $700.00

Second Place Senior Division Wind/Brass: $700.00

First Place Junior Division Piano: $600.00

First Place Junior Division Wind/Brass: $600.00

Second Place Junior Division Piano: $400.00

Second Place Junior Division Wind/Brass: $400.00


First place winners, upon recommendation of the Music Director, may appear as a featured soloist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra at a future date. 


The Senior Division is open to any student enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program. Maximum age 26 years on the date of contest. Senior Piano will play one movement from any major concerto or concert piece published for piano and orchestra. Maximum time: 15 minutes. Senior Wind/Brass contestants must be prepared to perform one movement from a major concerto or concert piece published for solo instrument and orchestra. Maximum performance time: 15 minutes.


The Junior Division is open to students 17 to 21 years on the date of contest. Younger students may be eligible based on the recommendation of their instructor and approval of the Young Artists' Committee Chairs. Junior Piano participants will play a selection published for piano and orchestra which is of the difficulty of the Mendelssohn G Minor Piano Concerto. Maximum performance time: 15 minutes. Junior Wind/Brass participants must be prepared to play selections published for soloist and orchestra which is of the difficulty of a Haydn or Mozart Wind Concerto. Maximum performance time: 15 minutes. 

All contestants must perform music from MEMORY and must provide two copies of their music, including all cadenzas, for the judges.


Your completed application form with a non-refundable registration fee of $40.00 must be post marked no later than March 27th, 2023. Late registration fee is $25.00. Applications will be submitted in the order received until the competition is filled. If submitting via mail, those entries should be postmarked no later than March 27th, 2023. Checks or money orders should be payable to The Friends of the Symphony.


Send to the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Attn: Young Artists Competition, P.O. Box 1651, Lima, Ohio 45802.

Contestants are responsible for their own expenses and must be prepared to remain for the evening concert on April 29th should they be selected as a finalist. Two contestants in each division will be selected to perform in the Finalist Concert. This performance will determine the First Place Winners. Please notify your accompanist of this requirement. 

For additional questions, please contact:

Kim Shanahan, 419-222-5701, Email:

Sponsored By:  Friends of the Symphony
                              Joe Warnement, President
                            Andrew Crust, Music Director and Conductor


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Da Eun Choi

A native of South Korea, pianist Da Eun Choi is an avid soloist and chamber musician. By playing music, she wants to expand the audience base of the instrument, hoping that would lead to more people learning and enjoying music.


She started to play the piano at the age of 4 and at 15, she gave he debut public solo recital in Korea and entered and graduated with top honors from Daejeon Arts High School. She was selected as a semifinalist at the 2014 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy and a finalist at the 2011 Harrison L. Winter

Piano Competition in the United States, and has won several competitions in Korea. Her recent performances have included solo recitals and chamber concerts in Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Italy, and Korea.


She has earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas at Austin as a recipient of the Sidney M. Wright Endowed Presidential Scholarship, under the tutelage of Gregory Allen. She also received both Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Alexander Shtarkman and served as Music Theory Graduate Assistant for Dr. Vern C. Falby, and a Bachelor of Music degree with _summa cum laude_ from Hanyang University in Korea with Young In Lee and Min Sook Kim.

Currently, Dr. Choi is a piano faculty and staff pianist at Bluffton University, and a rehearsal accompanist for the Lima Symphony Chorus. Recently, she was newly appointed as the Principal Pianist of the Lima Symphony Orchestra from the 2023-2024 concert season. In addition, she has been a music columnist for _Classic J_, a classical magazine, since 2020.

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Michele Gingras

Michele Gingras joined the Butler faculty as Instructor of Clarinet in the fall of 2017. 


Previously, she was Distinguished Professor of Clarinet at Miami University in Ohio, where she was named Crossen Hays Curry Distinguished Educator and Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate Faculty. She is the author of Clarinet Secrets, 2nd edition, she performed and taught masterclasses worldwide, released over a dozen CDs, and wrote 200 articles and reviews for numerous international publications. She performed with the Cincinnati Klezmer Project for 20 years and concertized with Duo2go and Miami3 throughout the US. 

Gingras is Past-Secretary of the International Clarinet Association and is an Artist Clinician for Buffet Crampon and Légère Reeds. She earned a Premier prix from the Quebec Music Conservatory in Montreal and a M.M. in clarinet performance at Northwestern University. Previously, she was Principal Clarinet with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra  in Chile. 

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Stephen Campbell

Dr. Stephen C. Campbell is Assistant Professor of Music (Trumpet) at Ball State University, and a Conn-Selmer Endorsed Performing Artist. After finishing undergraduate and graduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, Stephen moved to Cincinnati to complete his D.M.A. at the University of Cincinnati, College, Conservatory of Music. 

Stephen is the principal trumpeter of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington, KY; associate principal trumpet of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, WV.

He is often called upon to perform as an additional or substitute musician with ensembles including the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others.  


Stephen has given masterclasses and presentations at events including the National Trumpet Competition, the University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute, and numerous schools in the Mid-West area. Stephen is also on the trumpet faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI.  

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Hamilton Tescarollo

Since his debut with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), pianist Hamilton Tescarollo has performed as both soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. Recent performances have taken him to concert venues in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and multiple US states. He has appeared in international music festivals such as Orford (Canada), Eleazar de Carvalho (Fortaleza, Brazil), Cascais (Portugal), Saarburg (Germany), Bratislava (Slovakia), and Ljubljana Old Town (Slovenia).  In March 2016, he performed George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Purdue Fort Wayne Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern

Auditorium. A versatile musician who performs both the mainstream and the avant-garde repertory, he frequently includes the music of Brazil and other Latin-American countries in his programs.

Also an active recording artist, he is featured in three published CD’s. With clarinetist Jorge Montilla (Professor of Clarinet at The University of Iowa and former Principal Clarinet of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela), he recorded the CD “La Revoltosa,” featuring contemporary works by composers of both North and South America for clarinet and piano (Clarinet Classics). He also appears in two CDs with former Purdue Fort Wayne colleague Farrell Vernon (Centaur Records), containing works for sopranino saxophone and piano as well as larger ensembles involving these two instruments.

Tescarollo was awarded the top prizes at the OSESP Young Soloists’ National Competition and the Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo’s piano competition and was one of three finalists at the 1991 National Mozart Competition in Brazil. Other distinctions include sponsorships by the Secretary of Culture of the State of São Paulo, the Vitae Foundation, the Arizona Community Foundation, and Arizona State University. A dedicated teacher, he received “Teacher of the Year” awards from the Indiana Music Teachers Association (2015) and the Schimmel-AZ Piano Young Artist Piano Competition (2001), as well as the “Top Music Teacher” award from Steinway & Sons (2016 and 2017). His students have been prizewinners of many piano contests, including the Phoenix Symphony Guild Concerto Competition, Indianapolis Symphony Young Musicians Competition, Sewannee Summer Music Center Concerto Competition, Indiana Hoosier Auditions, and MTNA Competitions, among others. They also have been awarded numerous scholarships and grants to attend summer programs, such as Interlochen, Brevard, Idylwild, Adamant, Sewannee, and Saarburg (Germany), and have been accepted for graduate study at prestigious institutions such as the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Institute, and the University of Michigan.


Tescarollo serves as Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne. In this capacity, he teaches applied piano and piano-related courses and coordinates the keyboard area. He also teaches both young and professional pianists through the PFW Community Arts Academy and serves as piano faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp in the summer. He has previously held teaching positions at Faculdade Santa Marcelina, The Municipal School of Music of São Paulo, and Arizona State University, and has also taught at the Saarburg Serenaden International Music Festival in Germany. In addition, he directs the Gene Marcus Piano Competition and Gene Marcus Piano Camp and Festival, presents piano master classes both nationally and internationally, and is a frequent lecturer and competition adjudicator.

Dr. Tescarollo holds Piano Performance degrees from Arizona State University (D.M.A. and M.M.), Faculdade Santa Marcelina (B.M.), and Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo (Diploma). His main teachers were Gilberto Tinetti (a pupil of Tagliaferro, Cortot, and Wuehrer) and Caio Pagano (also a pupil of Tagliaferro, as well as of Conrad Hansen, and Carl Engel). He also has studied with Robert Hamilton, Sandra Abrão and Paulo Bergamo, and has coached with Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda, Lazar Berman, Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, and Maria João Pires, among others.

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