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Congratulations to our 2014 finalists (L-R) violinists David Cao (it's pronounced KAY-o) and
Bethany Moss, pianist Bobby Levinger, and marimbist Ephraim Sutherland.
Photo by James Gill
THE 2015 BOLZ
YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION & WISCONSIN YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETE: THE FINAL FORTE

SAT., JAN. 10, 2015:
Preliminary Round

WED., JAN. 14, 2015:
Semi-Final Round

WED., MARCH 25, 2015:
"The Final Forte"

Click here to download the 2015 application.
Due Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

THE BOLZ YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is the final round of the MSO's Bolz Young Artist Competition. Young artists from across the state of Wisconsin compete in the Bolz Young Artist Competition's two preliminary rounds for a chance to perform a movement from a concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra during the final round, which will be held in the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center.

WISCONSIN YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETE: THE FINAL FORTE
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is a FREE concert and LIVE broadcasts that Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio produce. They have captured an enormous following and numerous honors, including an Emmy Nomination. The 90-minute WPT program features profiles of each of the finalists.

2014 WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!
Final Forte 2014 Winners

DAVID CAO, VIOLIN, FIRST PLACE
See Wisconsin Public Television's video introduction here.
David Cao, 16, is a sophomore at Madison Memorial High School. He began playing the violin at the age of six and currently studies with Liz Norton. David is concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s top ensemble. In 2013, he won the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition and performed during one of their Concerts on the Square. David was also a winner of the 2013 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Stars of Tomorrow Concerto Competition and 2nd place winner of the 2014 LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra’s Rising Stars Concerto Competition. In addition to the violin, David has been playing piano for 12 years. At seven years old, he won 2nd place at the World Piano Competition and attended the Honors Recital at Carnegie Hall in New York. In school, David is the sophomore class president and enjoys being challenged academically in his advanced coursework. In his spare time, David volunteers at Madison Music Makers as a violin mentor for children of low income families. David is a black belt in Taekwondo and was a gold medalist at the 2011 AAU National Taekwondo Championships. In college, David plans to study music, and later pursue a career in music. David will play the first movement from Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47.

BOBBY LEVINGER, PIANO, HONORABLE MENTION
See Wisconsin Public Television's video introduction here.
Bobby Levinger, 17, is a senior at Central High School in La Crosse. He has won concerto competitions throughout the United States, performing with both the Mississippi Valley and Austin Symphony Orchestras. Bobby was also a finalist this past year in the Disklavier Round of the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition, traveling to Los Angeles to compete. Bobby received 2nd place in the 2013 La Crosse Rising Stars Concerto Competition and was also awarded 2nd place at the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition in St. Paul, MN. He is a past award recipient in the MTNA Young Artist Competition, The Schubert Club Scholarship Competition and The MMTA Young Artist Competition. Bobby enjoys performing in various musical ensembles. For the past three years, he has been a member in the Robed Choir at La Crosse Central HS. He frequently accompanies this ensemble and collaborates with instrumentalists from around the area. Aside from music, Bobby enjoys playing sports, anything related to Star Wars and spending time with family and friends. Bobby will play the first movement from Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16.

BETHANY MOSS, VIOLIN, HONORABLE MENTION
See Wisconsin Public Television's video introduction here.
Bethany Moss, 17, is a senior home schooled student from Appleton. She began playing the violin at the age of four. Bethany has won the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Soloist Competition, earned the 2nd place prize in the Miroslav Pansky Memorial Concerto Competition and received an honorable mention in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Auditions. She also progressed to the Semi-Final round in 2012 for the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Bolz Young Artist Competition. In 2010, Bethany won the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and in 2011, accepted an Emerson Scholarship to attend the Interlochen Summer Music Camp where she performed in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also earned a scholarship to the 2012 Indiana University Summer String Academy. Bethany regularly serves as a section violinist in the professional Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. She is a student of Samantha George and participates in studio classes at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Aside from music, Bethany enjoys her church youth group, home school teen group, learning Latin and reading all kinds of books. Bethany will play the third movement from Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61.

EPHRAIM SUTHERLAND, MARIMBA, SECOND PLACE
See Wisconsin Public Television's video introduction here.
Ephraim Sutherland, 15. is a sophomore at Viroqua High School. He has been studying percussion for four years and piano for eight years. He is a student of Todd Hammes and Gloria Chuang, and also studies with Sean Kleve, Dave Skogen and Sue Walby. Ephraim is a member of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. In the summer of 2013, Ephraim was a member of the Shadow Armada drumline, which won first place in the MACDBA competition. In 2013, he also attended the Northwestern University Percussion Symposium where he participated in master classes given by numerous world-class percussionists. Ephraim has had the honor of participating in the Wisconsin State Honors Band and the National Band Association Wisconsin Conference. He has twice attended the Birch Creek Percussion and Steel Band Academy and, for past four years, has participated in numerous solo and ensemble events with the Wisconsin State Music Association, advancing to the state level on marimba, snare drum and piano. Ephraim lives with his family in an alternative energy house that he helped build. In addition to music, he enjoys biking, soccer, hockey, snowboarding, swimming, math and science. Ephraim will play Séjourné's Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra.

HISTORIC COLLABORATION WINS AWARDS
The unique collaboration among the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television is producing award-winning programming! In addition to an Emmy Award nomination, the Final Forte earned First Place in the "Special Interest" category from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 2007 and was rated the fifth most-watched program in the Feb 2007 Nielsen ratings (the television audience was 63 percent greater than WPT's average audience in the Madison market). The 2008 broadcasts on WPR and WPT reached more than 60,000 viewers in the Madison market alone and there were an estimated 200,000 statewide viewers and listeners for the 2009 broadcasts.

JOHN DEMAIN'S TAKE
"This has been a very auspicious partnership. The quality of the broadcasts and the performances of the finalists are simply spectacular. I think this sends a magnificent message to our community and to the entire state of Wisconsin about the importance and effectiveness of our music education programs. It is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to feel the commitment and energy of these young performers and to reflect on the central role the arts play in our lives. I look forward to these events with great joy."

TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM
Please contact Director of Development Casey Oelkers at 608.257.3734 or coelkers@madisonsymphony.org.

JAMES SMITH BIO
James Smith holds the position of Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra while also serving as Music Director of the University Opera. Mr. Smith began his career as a clarinetist. After graduation from Southern Methodist University, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study clarinet in London, England with Jack Brymer. Following his studies in London, he received a graduate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has performed with the Empire Sinfonietta in New York City, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Philharmonic. While in New York, he appeared as soloist with the Empire Sinfonietta performing Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall with Aaron Copland conducting. His interest in conducting began while teaching studio clarinet at the State University of New York-Fredonia, where he co-founded the Fredonia Chamber Players, and began appearing as a conductor with the university's bands and orchestra. From New York, he moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, and in 1985, Mr. Smith was invited by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras to become their Music Director, a position he continues to enjoy.

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Watch Notes from the Final Forte above. Wisconsin Public Television
evokes the meaning of the Bolz Young Artist Competition
for the artists and the community!
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
THE BOLZ YOUNG ARTIST
COMPETITION is made
possible by a generous
endowment from
THE EUGENIE
MAYER BOLZ
FAMILY
FOUNDATION
WISCONSIN YOUNG
ARTISTS COMPETE:
THE FINAL FORTE
concert and broadcasts
are the result of a
historic partnership among:
The Final Forte broadcasts
are made possible in part
by major funding from
DIANE
BALLWEG
LARRY AND
JULIE MIDTBO
FRED AND
MARY MOHS
THE
BERBEEWALSH
FOUNDATION
THE
BOLDT
COMPANY
with additional funds from
A. PAUL JONES
CHARITABLE
TRUST
STEPHEN
D. MORTON
MILDRED AND
MARV CONNEY
JAMES
DAHLBERG AND
ELSEBET
LUND
KATO L.
PERLMAN
SENTRY
INSURANCE
FOUNDATION
W. JEROME
FRAUTSCHI
FRIENDS OF
WISCONSIN
PUBLIC
TELEVISION
Special thanks to
Farley's House of Pianos
for providing the pianos
for our Young Artist
Competition auditions