2018 YAC Winner Ethan Kim
Dr. Sandra Dackow, 2018 YAC Winner Ethan Kim, Sponsor Alan Cagnoli

The 2018 Hershey Symphony Young Artist Competition was held on Mar 27 at Zug Hall on the campus of Elizabethtown College.

Seven finalists competed for the $1,000 1st Place William & Ruth Cagnoli Award.

Jared Wolf performing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto, 1 st mvt

Julia Duvall performing the Camille Saint-Saens Violin Concerto #3, 1st mvt

Sharon Li performing the Haydn Piano Concerto #11, 1 st mvt

Kevin Zhang performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto #1, 1 st mvt

Ethan Kim performing the Grieg Piano Concerto, 1 st mvt

Kierra Heinly performing the Mozart Violin Concerto #5, 1 st mvt

First Place went to Ethan Kim!

The annual Hershey Symphony Young Artist Competition;s purpose is to encourage and foster the best young classical musicians (grades 7-11) from our local 8 county area (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York). The winner receives a $1,000 prize and performs a concerto movement with the Hershey Symphony during the following season.  Those selected for the finals perform at Zug Hall at Elizabethtown College in front of a panel of highly qualified judges. This makes for an evening of compelling music making which has to be seen to be fully appreciated. There is no admission charge for the audience to attend the finals. Previous YAC participants have gone on to successful careers in music.

Details and application forms for the 2019 competition will be posted here in early 2019.


About our Prize Sponsor

2018 YAC Finalists & Judges
2018 YAC Finalists & Judges

The late William and Ruth Cagnoli of Hershey played a tremendous role in the lives of local musicians for more than three decades. Their business, Cagnoli Music , offered music lessons, books, instrument sales, repairs and more to musicians of all ages in Central Pennsylvania. The Cagnolis also owned and operated Marty’s Music in Lebanon for many years. A professional woodwind player in the region, William Cagnoli was also one of the early founders of The Hershey Symphony Orchestra and conducted the musicians on several occasions. Mr. Cagnoli also spent nearly 20 years at the Lebanon Veterans Hospital as a Registered Musical Therapist. Allan Cagnoli, their son, is honored to provide the one-thousand dollar award for the Hershey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition winner, in memory of his parents, who deeply loved music, education, and their community.