WACO Student is Young Artist Competition Winner

Mattias Luitjens is the 2023 Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition Winner, sponsored by the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

The competition is held yearly in the fall and is open to students from across southeast Iowa.

Mattias auditioned for a panel of professional musicians from the symphony and was selected as this year’s recipient.

This prestigious honor culminates in three performances with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra as a soloist. He will be performing Henryk Górecki’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

Mattias is a senior at WACO and participates in choir as a bass, band as a percussionist, orchestra as a cellist, and jazz band as a pianist. He plans to major in music and computer science next year. He is the son of Nathan and Rachelle Luitjens.


  • Saturday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., Bridge Center, Ottumwa
  • Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m., Capitol Theater, Burlington
  • Sunday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., Chapel Auditorium at Iowa Wesleyan University, Mt. Pleasant