David Walker grew up in Leland and started playing saxophone in middle school. His band director, Christopher cook encouraged him to continue his musical studies, and he began private lessons with Michael Waddell. Currently Walker performs regularly in a band all over Wilmington. He is studying Music Education and Saxophone at UNCW under Dr. Frank Bongiorno, and plans to pursue a Masters in Saxophone Performance.
Camden Stohl is a junior at Hoggard High School. She began playing the violin at the age of 2 with her mother Anne Stevenson Stohl. She studied with her Mom for 14 years and this fall she started studying with Dr. Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi. She is currently the concertmaster of the Wilmington Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also plays in the WSYO string quartet, the Stevenson Stohl Tour Group, sings with the Girls' Choir of Wilmington and the Hoggard Voyagers and is the youngest member of the Tallis Chamber Orchestra. She currently plans to pursue a degree in music and would love to play professionally someday.
Finnian Long, 14, started playing violin in an after-school program while in kindergarten in Montreal, Quebec. After moving to Wilmington, Finnian studied Suzuki violin with Redding Farlow-Soderberg. For the last two years, he has studied classical violin with Dr. Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi at UNCW. Finnian attends 8th grade at Roland-Grise Middle School, where he participates in Battle of the Books, Science Olympiad and the orchestra. He also enjoys playing in the Wilmington Junior Strings and racing mountain bikes with the NICA Cape Fear Fins Composite Team. Finnian likes to play many genres of music, especially Old Time, Irish fiddle and classical violin. Today he is excited to be performing Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto with the Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The competition was judged by Marc Callahan (bass-baritone and Assistant Professor at UNC’s Department of Music), Catherine Garner (pianist and teaching instructor at East Carolina University), and Eric Pritchard (First Violinist of the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University). Biographies of judges are available upon request.
Dr. Richard R. Deas helped create the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra in 1971. As the then-Chair of the UNCW Department of Music he assisted in developing the competition in 1976 as a way to give talented young musicians an opportunity to perform with a symphony orchestra.
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