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Young Performer's Competition winners announced

Pictured are the winners of the young performer’s competition for the 15-20 age category: Robert Lehmann, Emily Weber, and Luke Franz, all from Rapid City.
The winners in the 9-14 age group were Maya Lehmann and Laurel Benson from Rapid City.
Winners of the ninth annual Young Performers Competition, part of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts, were recently announced.

In the older student category, first place was awarded to soprano Emily Weber of Rapid City; her teacher is Dean Peterson. Second place went to pianist Robert Lehmann of Rapid City, and third place went to pianist Luke Franz of Rapid City; both are students of Jim MacInnes.

In the younger student category, the winner was violinist Maya Lehmann of Rapid City; her teacher is Coral White. Second place went to pianist Laurel Benson of Rapid City; her teachers are Elizabeth Benusis and Lyudmila Gilleland.

Dr. Jonathan Nero, Dr. Charis Dimaras, and Mr. Stephen Parker were the judges for the competition.  There were two categories: ages 9-14, and ages 15-20. Entrants were required to perform one difficult memorized classical piece. Contestants were judged on poise and stage presence as well as musicianship, and the winners received cash prizes.

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