NOTE: The Young Artist Competition will not be held during the 2020-2021 Season
THE TOPEKA SYMPHONY held the 67th annual Young Artist Competition on Sunday, January 12, 2020. This competition gives high school students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to perform a solo with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. Scholarships for the winners are awarded by the Capitol Federal® Foundation.
Winners of the 2019-2020 Young Artist Competition were Flutist Nina Jaramillo, Lawrence, Overall Winner and Winner of the Winds Division; and Violinist Janna Dungao, Topeka, Winner of the Strings Division.
Ms. Jaramillo performed the Concertino for Flute by Cecile Chaminade for the competition and was scheduled to perform it with the Topeka Symphony on April 2, 2020. Unfortunately that concert was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are happy to announce that Ms. Jaramillo will return to perform the concerto with the Topeka Symphony at the concert on January 16, 2021.
2019 – 2020 Young Artist Competition Winners
Overall Winner and Winds Division Winner
NINA JARAMILLO, Lawrence, is the Overall Winner and Winds Division Winner of the 2019-2020 Young Artist Competition. Ms. Jaramillo will perform the Concertino for Flute by Cecile Chaminade with the Topeka Symphony at the concert on January 16, 2021. She is the daughter of Lauren Jacobs and Joey Jaramillo. Nina has studied flute and piccolo for seven years and currently is a student of Annie Gnojek. Nina is a junior at Free State High School in Lawrence where she is Principal Flute for the Wind Ensemble. Nina also has performed with the Lawrence Youth Symphony for six years and has been a member of the John Phillip Sousa Honor Band, and Principal Flute for both the Kansas State High School Orchestra and the District Honor Band. Nina looks forward to living in New York City and playing in an orchestra.
Strings Division Winner
JANNA DUNGAO, Topeka, Violinist, is the Strings Division Winner of the 2019-2020 Young Artist Competition. Janna is a sophomore at Washburn Rural High School and is the daughter of Cristina and Jan Michael Dungao. Ms. Dungao performed Movements 2 and 3 of Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor by Henryk Wieniawski. Janna has studied violin for ten years and currently is a student of Zsolt Eder. In addition to playing in her high school orchestra and in the pit orchestra for school musicals, Janna is the Concertmaster for the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has been a member of the Topeka Symphony Youth Ensembles since third grade. Janna also is an accomplished ballet dancer appearing in the Kansas Ballet Academy’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Janna is a member of the Students Against Prejudice Club and the Sources of Strength organization.