Emerging Artists Competition
One of the Monroe Symphony’s most an- ticipated events took place in January. The Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition is an annual event established by the Monroe Symphony League and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra to promote and encour- age excellence in musical performance. The overall winner of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra’s annual Marjorie Stricklin Young Artist Competition was John Wang, who played the Camille Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor. The other winner in the Youth category was Margaret Ann Zentner, who sang arias by Mozart and Handel. Young Adult winners in the competition were Carline Waugh, who sang arias by Charpentier and Puccini, as well as Melissa Morales, who played Aaron Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet.