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March 14, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu


 Three high school musicians from Winston-Salem win senior division of Peter Perret Youth Talent Search  

WINSTON-SALEM – Three high school students from Winston-Salem who attend the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) swept the senior division of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s 2013-2014 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search competition.  Ryan Jung, Raymond Hawkins, Jr., and Sarah Huesman placed first through third, respectively, in the division for musicians aged 13 through senior year of high school.

Pianist Jung is a sophomore who studies with Eric Larsen.  Hawkins is a senior organist who studies with Timothy Olsen. Also a senior, Huesman is a cellist who studies with Brooks Whitehouse.

Jung and Hawkins will perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony at the Concert for Community, which will be held at 3 p.m. on March 22 in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Jung will play Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, first movement, and Hawkins will perform the Symphony No. 2 for Organ and Orchestra, by Felix-Alexandre Guilmant. 

“This might be the first time we have swept the senior division of the Peter Perret Youth Talent Search,” said Music Dean Wade Weast. “This achievement affirms that we continue to recruit very promising students, whose talents develop tremendously with instruction and mentoring by our expert faculty.  I am proud of Ryan, Raymond and Sarah, and I congratulate them and their teachers.”

The finals for competition were held Feb. 1 in Crawford Hall at UNCSA, judged by Peter Perret, conductor emeritus of the Winston-Salem Symphony; Matthew Troy, associate conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony; and Dmitri Shteinberg, a member of the UNCSA piano faculty.

Ryan Jung

Raymond Hawkins, Jr.

Sarah Huesman

The annual Youth Talent Search was developed to identify North Carolina’s most gifted and talented young musicians.  Maestro Perret established the competition as a means of helping develop young talent and as a way of recognizing and supporting the teachers and families of musically-gifted children.  Participation in the competition also provides students with information and motivation to continue their musical studies. Many have gone on to become professional musicians, including the winner of the very first Peter Perret Youth Talent Search, who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic.

The Winston-Salem Symphony is in its 67th season as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras.  Under the baton of Music Director Robert Moody its performance season includes: a classics series, a pops series, concerts for kids, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah; a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians; a Holiday Concert; three youth orchestra ensembles; and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs.  For more information visit WSsymphony.org.


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.