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Concerto Competition winner announced

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 1:38 p.m. CDT

LASALLE — The 25th annual IVYSO Concerto Competition was held Dec. 2 at LaSalle-Peru High School.

This year's winner, Simon Tiffin, played the Mozart's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20. He'll perform this piece with the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra on April 13 for the spring concert.

Tiffin has been studying piano for 10 years. His teachers are Anne Badger and Elena Doubovitskaya. On Saturday's he attends the Merit School of Music in Chicago where he studies music theory, music history, repertoire and performance. A student at Ottawa Township High School, he is involved with many clubs and organizations, including band, choir, drama, Chem Club and German Club, where he is vice president.

Competition judges John Armstrong, David Lee and Frank Delo said that each contestant was a pleasure to hear and the decision was difficult. Apart from the winner, Abigail Dominis (trombone) and Marisa Mitchell (oboe) were named co-runners up. Should Simon be unable to perform with the orchestra one of two runners-up will be chosen to perform.

Other competitors included Faith Sommer of Spring Valley (violin), Ellen Anderson of Peru (violin), Morgan Phillips of Lostant (violin), Joannah Cisneros of Oglesby (flute) and Victoria Hall of Malden (violin).

For more information on this competition, joining the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra or attending one of the concerts, contact Delle Peterson, business manager, at ivysorchestra@gmail.com.

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