Camden Stohl was a Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra student from 2015-2019 and is now attending East Carolina University earning a bachelor's degree in violin performance. Camden was the Junior Division and High School Division winner of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra's annual Richard R. Deas Young Artists Concerto Competition in 2014 and 2018.
What do you remember most about your WSYO experience? WSYO was always an outlet for me to create amazing music and learn from a wonderful conductor (Dr. Errante), alongside some of my closest friends. The opportunities I got from performing with the WSYO and learning to act as a concertmaster for 2 years had a tremendous impact on the player I am today. I remember being a freshman, never having played in a full symphonic ensemble, and being overwhelmed by everything that goes into this form of performance. I can now look back upon these memories and know that this program gave me so much discipline to learn an abundance of high-level repertoire and operate at a professional standard, and for that, I am forever grateful.
What have you been up to since you left WSYO and/or won the concerto competition? Since being in the WSYO and winning the concerto competition I have been studying violin at East Carolina University with Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim. Here I play in the symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble while pursuing my bachelor's degree, and that means spending my time trying to grow as much as I can each semester. Although I have only been in college for one year, it has been such an amazing experience and I would not change anything about it. In my free time, I also enjoy spending time at the beach, exercising and being outdoors, and doing just about anything crafty, like painting or sewing. I find that these things help keep my creativity alive and in return, self-motivates me when it comes to music.