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NEWS RELEASE May 11, 2009

The Boise Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Young Artists String Quartet Competition, as judged Saturday by the members of the Ying String Quartet.

First place, including the $800 prize, in the Pre-College round was awarded to the Boise High String Quartet: Jennifer George and Aled Roberts, violins; Jessie Jacobs, viola; and Akira Nakano, cello; coached by Wendy Hartman. The BHS String Quartet performed works by Beethoven and quartet member Aled Roberts.

First place, including the $1000 prize, in the Collegiate round was awarded to the Boise State University Quartet: Conner von Huene and Megan Wheeler, violins; Enrique Olvera, viola; and Erica Seibel, cello. The quartet was coached by a trio of BSU professors: Craig Purdy, Linda Kline Lamar, and Brian Hodges. The BSU Quartet performed music by Mozart and Dvorak.

All finalists quartets including the winners receive a certificate of participation designed by Boise artist Elizabeth Wolf.

Members of the Ying Quartet all expressed their enthusiasm for the high level of student string playing in evidence in southern Idaho, from their outreach concert at Caldwell High School on Friday, through the entire Saturday morning competition.

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