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April 7, 2011 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE /Photo Attached
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WINSTON-SALEM – Allyson Fion, an 11th grade music student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), won first prize at the Southeast Horn Competition held recently at Appalachian State University.

She is the daughter of Karen Fion of Winston Salem and Julio Fion of Atlanta. She studies in the UNCSA School of Music with David Jolley. For her competition solo, Allyson Fion performed Richard Strauss’ Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11, movement 1.

The Southeast Horn Workshop is a regional workshop of the International Horn Society.

Photo by Brent LaFever

Allyson Fion

In addition to her most recent achievement, Fion is the 2010 winner of the Greensboro Youth Orchestra’s Sam Wilson Award, for which she received a $1,000 scholarship for summer music study, and performed a solo in the orchestra’s February concert. She also won a Young Artist Award in 2009 from the Brevard Music Institute, which included a full scholarship to its summer program.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.