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WINSTON-SALEM –Three students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music have been named finalists in the First Annual Rosen-Schaffel Young Artists Competition.  The finalists will compete on Sunday, July 24, in Boone, as part of the 27th Annual Appalachian Summer Festival at Appalachian State University. 


UNCSA students represent more than a third of the eight finalists in this year’s competition. The finalists from UNCSA are Katherine Ardoin, a Master of Music candidate in vocal performance from Jamestown, N.C.; Louise Grevin, a Professional Artist Certificate candidate in cello performance from Montbrun Lauragais, France; and Benjamin Robinette, a Master of Music candidate in saxophone performance from Burke, Va.


Students from North Carolina colleges and universities who are rising seniors, graduate students, or graduates within the past two years under the age of 30 were eligible to enter. Finalists were chosen based on recordings submitted to a blind adjudication process. After the final competition performance, judges will select a First Place and Second Place winner.  In addition, the competition audience will select an Audience Choice Award winner.


The First Place winner in the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and invitation to perform a complete concerto with the Eastern Festival Orchestra during the 2012 festival.  The Second Place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the Audience Choice Award winner will receive $500.


The final competition will be open to the public at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 24, in the Rosen Concert Hall in the Broyhill Music Center on the campus of Appalachian State University. Tickets to the finals are $7 and may be purchased over the phone by calling 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. More information on the competition can be found at http://rosen-schaffelcompetition.appstate.edu.


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.