Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Selects Young Artist Audition Winners

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Lily Deng, left, Olivia Palazzolo and Christian McGee were named winners of the 41st Young Artist Audition and are scheduled to perform with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra at the Youth Concerts on February 23-24 and at the Family Concert on February 25 February. (Photo submitted)

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Olivia Palazzolo, Lily Deng and Christian McGee have been named the winners of the 41st Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Young Performers Hearing. The three were selected from seven finalists who auditioned Jan. 8 at the Thurber Arts Center at Randolph School.

As this year’s YAA laureates, the three will perform with the symphony, with Palazzolo and Deng each performing at one of the youth concerts on February 23-24. McGee will perform at the Family Concert on February 25.

Palazzolo is a home schooled sophomore who started studying violin at age 5 and now plays viola. She studied with Kathryn Plummer at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. She also studies chamber music with Kirsten Cassel Greer and performs in the Curb Youth Symphony in Nashville.

Deng is a senior at Westminster Christian Academy and takes the piano from Frances Schwemmer. She was a church piano accompanist and won the Alabama Music Teachers Association solo piano audition for two years. In addition to playing the piano, Deng is the first chair clarinet in his school’s wind ensemble and the drum major of the Westminster Marching Band.

McGee is in her final year at Mars Hill Bible School and has been playing piano since second grade and clarinet since sixth grade. She is studying with Dr. Yi-Min Cai at the University of North Alabama.


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