2017 Junior Contestants 

2017 Junior Contestants 

 
2017 Senior Contestants

2017 Senior Contestants

2017 Senior Overall Winner John Butz

2017 Senior Overall Winner John Butz

15th Annual Marilyn Newell Youth Music Festival

APRIL 22-23, 2017 | SATURDAY COMPETITION, SUNDAY WINNERS CONCERT                                                        

JUDGES: Teresa Ancaya, Mark Thielen, Stella Zambalis

Congratulations to all the winners and participants of the 15th Annual Marilyn Newell Youth Music Festival! We had a wonderful selection of applicants this year and our judges did not have an easy time choosing the winners (listed below). We applaud the hard work of all the young people who competed! 

JUNIOR DIVISION

Piano Category
1st Place - Wenjo Lai
2nd Place - Cory Johnston
3rd Place Tie - Jacob Gmitter & Zilong Liddle 

Instrumental Category
1st Place - Andrew Tolentino
2nd Place - Jacob Gmitter
3rd Place - Anjali Soni 

Junior Overall Winner: Wenjo Lai

SENIOR DIVISION

Instrumental Category
1st Place - John Butz
2nd Place - Tison Savage

Piano Category
1st Place - Carl Fleitz
2nd Place - Moriah Quint
3rd Place Tie - Kim-Ann Vo & Beatrice Dalov

Senior Overall Winner: John Butz

The Festival showcases students between 11 and 18 years old who compete in any of three categories – piano, vocal and instrumental in either the junior or senior division.

Awards are presented for first, second and third places with an award of $1,000 for the most outstanding performance. Winners perform one of their competition pieces during a free public concert and awards ceremony on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Newell, for whom the Festival is named, says: “It has been my great joy over the past fourteen years to watch the development of this program and what it has meant to the musical growth of this County.”

"There are so many interests that compete for the hearts and attention of our youth," says Katie Lippert, Chair of the Festival this year. "Our goal with the Festival is to encourage and inspire these young artists to stick with their artistic ambitions, as well as to reward exceptional talent. It is truly fulfilling and rewarding to promote and support the young musicians in our community."

Click above to begin your application to the 15th Annual Youth Music Festival competition!

2016 Junior Participants

2016 Junior Participants