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Kettering resident, high school junior wins cash award, chance to play with the DPO

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Neal Gittleman and Education Director Gloria Pugh today announced that Kyle Kremer, a Kettering resident, junior at Fairmont High School, and member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has won the Dayton Philharmonic David L. Pierson Young Musicians Concerto Competition held on April 21 at Sinclair Community College.

A trumpeter, Kyle Kremer won the competition with his performance of Alexander Arutunian’s Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble. With the win, he received a first-place cash award of $500 and the opportunity to perform with the DPO at the May 13, 2008 Young People’s Concert.

The purpose of the Dayton Philharmonic David L. Pierson Young Musicians Concerto Competition is to identify outstanding talented musicians in the greater Dayton metropolitan and surrounding areas, to encourage young talented musicians to pursue further study, and to stimulate competition among musicians.

With few exceptions, the competition is open to area high school students residing in Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, or Warren counties who were in grades 10-12 during the 2006-2007 academic year, had the recommendation of both their private and public school music teachers, were members of a high school music group (band, orchestra, or choral group) and remained members during the 2006-2007 academic year.

The DPO held auditions for piano, strings, woodwinds, and brass players. Distinguished area musicians acted as judges and used the highest artistic standards. Music Director Neal Gittleman judged the final competition. All competitors performed their audition selections from memory, using no printed music.

There was a finalist and one honorable mention award made in each category. Second- and third-place winners were Katherine Ballester, a home-schooled ninth-grader, and Grace Wannamacher a freshman at Beavercreek High School. They received $200 and $100 awards, respectively.