Written by on December 3, 2012 in News

Three winners have been named in Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra’s Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition. SEISO Conductor Robert McConnell, following the competition Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Mount Pleasant, announced first, second and third place winners. Violinist Sarah McConnell won first place. McConnell, daughter of Julie Peshkin and Robert McConnell performed the 1st movement from Max Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op 26. Violinist Richard Su, who performed the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in G Major won second place honors. Su, a Burlington High School junior is the son of Charlie and Shihehun Su of Burlington. Both first and second place winners will receive scholarship awards, which are provided by the Morton and Virginia Schmucker Memorial Trust. Third place honors were earned by Ottumwa pianist Nathan Payne, who performed the 3rd movement from Mozart’s Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major. Payne is an Ottumwa High School senior and is the son of Craig and Desirae Payne.
Music Director, Robert McConnell congratulated all of the contestants, parents and teachers on their high level of achievement. “It was inspiring to hear the result of the many years of hard work that the students have put into developing their talent. All three winners performed at a very high level.” he said.
The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra’s Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition is an annual event designed to encourage and recognize exceptional young music talent in Southeast Iowa. The competition is part of the Orchestra’s educational component and is supported through an endowment gift from the family of Marilyn Minford McCoid.
The date for the next competition is December 7, 2013. Information will be sent to area music teachers in the fall of next year. Also, competition applications may be downloaded from the orchestra’s web site at or received by calling the office at 319-385-6352.

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