Youth music competition held this weekend

Youth music competition held this weekend

By: Kyra Green

Goshen College will host its inaugural Sherer Violin and Piano Competition on Friday and Saturday at the Music Center.


The competition is named after Lon and Kathryn Sherer, former professors emeriti of music at Goshen College. Throughout their nearly 40-year legacy, the Sherers created a compassionate and supportive environment surrounding music. 


The competition is aimed toward young, disciplined musicians in grades 8-12 who are not currently enrolled at a university.


“What is very exciting for us is that we could draw … young people who are very accomplished in their field, who put a lot of effort into music and into practicing,” said Dr. Solomia Soroka, professor of music and the artistic director of the event.


Competitors from the area and different parts of the country, like Minnesota and Pennsylvania, will perform. 


The competition will have three winners and prizes in violin and piano. Additionally, two of the three winners will get the chance to perform concerto movements during the 2022-2023 year. One person will perform with the Maple City Community Orchestra and the other with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra, based in southern Michigan.


“On Friday, the competitors will arrive, and we will have rehearsal … at 7:30 p.m., we will have a judges showcase recital.” said Soroka. “The winners’ concert is going to happen at six o’clock [on Saturday] in Sauder [Concert Hall],” 


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