January 10, 2022
The Symphony of Southeast Texas is thrilled to announce the results of the 2022 Concerto Competition.
The first-place winner is flutist Tristen Balsano from Port Neches. He won the prize of $750 and the honor of playing his competition piece Borne’s Carmen Fantasie, at the Youth Education Concert. Led by Maestro Chelsea Tipton II, the SOST orchestra performs Through the Telescope on April 5, 2022.
The second-place winner is Cindy Yang of Beaumont. She won the prize of $500 playing the piano to Mozart’s Piano Concerto.
The third-place winner is Beau Michaels of Nederland. She won the prize of $250 playing the flute to Perilhou’s Ballade.
“The jury was very impressed with all the students participating in the competition this year. Every student was prepared and eager to participate. Congratulations to Tristen, Cindy and Beau on placing in the competition. I look forward to having Tristen perform with the orchestra in April,” remarked Maestro Tipton.
We couldn’t be happier for these young musicians as they embark on their musical journeys.
Tristen also placed in the Concerto Competition in 2019. They will be presented with their cash prize before the SOST Classic Series IV concert, Glory and Grandeur, on April 2, 2022 at the Julie Rogers Theatre. Fundraising for these prizes is generously made by the Symphony League of Beaumont.
The Symphony of Southeast Texas, currently on its 69th season, is a regional, professional orchestra based in Beaumont, Texas. The Symphony performs a number of subscription concerts, educational programs and other concerts throughout Southeast Texas each year. SOST’s home base is the Julie Rogers Theatre in downtown Beaumont. The orchestra is composed of local musicians from the Beaumont vicinity, as well as many musicians from the Houston and Lake Charles areas.
For information on SOST’s concerts this season, please check their website at www.sost.org or call the Symphony Office at (409) 892-2257.