Area youth musicians recognized last weekend by MIM |

Area youth musicians recognized last weekend by MIM

Seventeen of the county’s top youth classical musicians competed in last weekend’s annual Young Musicians Competition Finals.

Music in the Mountains has hosted this competition, open to elementary to high school students, for 16 years.

“It’s always thrilling to me when you see these young people putting so much time into their music. Most of them practice an hour and a half every day,” said MIM artistic director Paul Perry. “It tells you how passionate they are about classical music.”

April 27 winners were violinist Amanda Lostritto in the grades 2-4 category, pianist Jordan Thomas-Rose in the grades 5-6 category and violinist Emily Ann White in the grades 7-8 category.

The next day’s winners were the ensemble featuring cellist Kashi Betts, guitarist Dylan Rodrigue and violinist Josh Rice in the grades 2-6 category, and the ensemble featuring flutists Stephanie Brown and Sarah Ramey and pianist f in the grades 7-12 category.

Other winners on April 28 were harpist Chiara Coombs in the grades 9-10 category and pianist Miriam Becker Drace in the grades 11-12 category.

Deadline extended for Sierra College sculpture exhibition

The deadline for Northern California artists to submit their proposal to be in Sierra College’s juried outdoor sculpture exhibition has been extended to May 10.

The August exhibition at the college’s Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley is in memory of noted sculptor and instructor Gillian Hodge.

JoAnn Chartier, the exhibition’s publicity chairwoman, noted that Hodge conceived the idea for the outdoor sculpture exhibition but died before it became reality. Sierra College and the GHOSE (Gillian Hodge Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition) committee are carrying forward Hodge’s hopes for such an exhibition.

To be considered for the exhibition, submit conceptual ideas, slides or designs to GHOSE Foundation, 250 Sierra College Blvd., Grass Valley 95945. Information and entry forms are at

Yoshio Taylor of Cosumnes River College will name four awards: $1000, $500 and two at $250.

For more information, call Chartier at 477-6068 or Sierra College at 274-5334.

– Carol Feineman

Back Stage appears weekly in Prospector. Call 477-4232 with comments and arts news.

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