Tristen Balsano wins Concerto Competition!!!
The Symphony of Southeast Texas is thrilled to announce the results of the 2022 Concerto Competition.
The first-place winner is flutist Tristen Balsano from Port Neches. He won the prize of $750 and the honor of playing his competition piece Borne’s Carmen Fantasie, at the Youth Education Concert. Led by Maestro Chelsea Tipton II, the SOST orchestra performs Through the Telescope on April 5, 2022.
The second-place winner is Cindy Yang of Beaumont. She won the prize of $500 playing the piano to Mozart’s Piano Concerto.
The third-place winner is Beau Michaels of Nederland. She won the prize of $250 playing the flute to Perilhou’s Ballade.
“The jury was very impressed with all the students participating in the competition this year. Every student was prepared and eager to participate. Congratulations to Tristen, Cindy and Beau on placing in the competition. I look forward to having Tristen perform with the orchestra in April,” remarked Maestro Tipton.
We couldn’t be happier for these young musicians as they embark on their musical journeys.
Tristen also placed in the Concerto Competition in 2019. They will be presented with their cash prize before the SOST Classic Series IV concert, Glory and Grandeur, on April 2, 2022 at the Julie Rogers Theatre. Fundraising for these prizes is generously made by the Symphony League of Beaumont.
See below for information about the 2022 Concerto Competition!
Click on the links below to see the Concerto Competition Rules and Application Form. The competition is open to all Region 5 middle and high school students. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm.
2021 Concerto Competition winner: Ethan Williamson
2020 Concerto Competition winner: Seth Weeks, Nederland, TX
2019 Concerto Competition winner: Nicholas Pfister, Bridge City
2018 Concerto Competition winner: Camden Brown, Bay City, TX
2017 Concerto Competition winner: Rachel Clark, Lumberton, TX