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June 8, 2012/For Immediate Release (low-res photo attached)
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – Violinist Dustin Wilkes-Kim, a rising 11th-grade high school student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), won first prize in the junior division of the North Carolina Symphony Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition in Raleigh last Sunday.

He will receive a cash prize of $300.

The competition was held at the Brown-McPherson Music Building at William Peace University in Raleigh.

A native of Winston-Salem, Wilkes-Kim has soloed with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Salisbury Symphony and Danville Symphony Orchestra in Danville, Va. In 2011, he was the unanimous choice of the judges to win at the Regionals of the Music Teachers National Association’s (MTNA) Junior Strings Competition in Columbus, Ga. He studies with faculty-artist Sarah Johnson.

“Competition wins such as this are good signs that we are indeed training tomorrow’s leaders in the music profession,” said UNCSA School of Music Dean Wade Weast. “This competition win, which comes with a cash prize, also shines a spotlight on all of our outstanding faculty, but especially Dustin’s violin teacher, Sarah Johnson.”

Dustin Wilkes-Kim

For the competition, candidates performed from memory one movement of any concerto of their choice. Wilkes-Kim performed the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Support for the competition is provided by the Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition Fund of the North Carolina Symphony. Participants range from ages 10 to 15 years old in the junior division and 16 to 21 years old in the senior division.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.