Young Instrumental Artists to Compete

POTSDAM - Seven talented high school students from northern and central New York will converge on Snell Music Theatre, SUNY Potsdam at 10:00 a.m.,  Saturday, February 13th to compete in the 10th Annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Competition, sponsored by the Orchestra of Northern New York.

The public is invited to watch in amazement as these young musicians play from memory pieces from an approved classical repertoire that range in length from seven to fifteen minutes. The students vie for first prize of $500 and the opportunity to perform with Northern New York's professional symphony orchestra at its March concert.

This year's applicants will compete on piano, harp, flute, violin and viola. They hail from Potsdam, Brownville, Syracuse, Clifton Park and Colonie.

The competition was established in 2007 to honor James and Katherine Andrews, great supporters of various activities for young people, especially those involving music.  The mission of the competition is to inspire young musicians from northern and central New York to reach their highest level of artistry. It is one of the few competitions of its kind to offer both a cash prize and the opportunity to solo with a professional orchestra. Cash prizes are also awarded to the second and third place winners.

For more information about the Orchestra of Northern New York, call 315-267-3251 or visit