2015 Young Artist Competition Winners Announced

Winners of the 2014 Young Artist Competition

The 2015 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition presented plaques and prizes to three young talented string players. From left to right: Carolyn Andrews, Friends of Music chair; Derek Louie, second prize; Dr. Buddy Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts; Fiona Shea, first prize; Samantha Choo, third prize; Gene Moon, competition chair and director of orchestral activities.

About the Competition

The George and Peggy Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition celebrates its ninth year with its vision towards promoting the young generation of musicians who are our future music performers and educators. Open to string players and pianists ages 15-18 (who have not matriculated to a college institution), the 2015 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition will be held January 30, 2016 on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. The competition holds the highest standards in artistry and performance, attracting musicians from all around the world to East Texas bringing rising artists from both disciplines to compete and perform for lucrative prizes and future engagements.

The Schmidbauer Competition continues to serve as one of the highest benchmarks in the competition circuit and is a catalyst for launching successful careers. Past winners have continued their careers to perform with professional artists and orchestras all over the world. Supporting the future of young musicians while offering concerts at the highest level to the East Texas community continues to be the mission of the Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition.