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WINSTON-SALEM – Three clarinet students from the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) recently won three symphony competitions.

At the Durham Symphony Young Artists Competition, Charlton Holt and Rashad Hayward took top honors by performing a double concerto by Moravian composer Franz Krommer.  Holt, who is in the 11th grade, is from Wake Forest, N.C.  Hayward, a college freshman, is from Raleigh. For their win, they will perform with the Durham Symphony at the Carolina Theatre in Durham at 3 p.m. March 7.

Left to right: Charlton Holt, Rashad Hayward, Zihao Yang and Alexander Fiterstein
Photo by Perri Holt

Zi Hao Yang won the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.  Yang, an 11th grade student from Shen Zhen, China, will perform with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. May 2 in Jones Auditorium on the campus of Meredith College in Raleigh.

Yang and Holt also took top honors at the Piedmont Wind Symphony Concerto Competition in Winston-Salem. Yang took home first prize, and Holt followed with second prize. Both students will perform at the Student Concerto Competition Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 9, in Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University.

Holt, Hayward and Yang are students of UNCSA faculty-artist and clarinet instructor Alexander Fiterstein.

All of the competitions occurred in January.

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 the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle 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. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.