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Alexander Bachwich, Rapid City, won first place in the 9-14 age category, playing Czárdás by Vittorio Moni on violin during the Young Performers Competition which is part of the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute being held at Black Hills State University.
Thomas Smith, Rapid City, won first place in the 15-20 age category with his piano selection, Fantasie Impromptu by Chopin during the Young Performers Competition which is part of the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute being held at Black Hills State University.

Winners have been announced for the 12th annual Young Performers Competition, hosted by the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts held at Black Hills State University.

In the younger student category, Alexander Bachwich from Rapid City won first place, playing Czárdás by Vittorio Moni on violin. Samuel Garry from Rapid City took second place on classical guitar, playing Campo by Abel Carlevaro.

In the older age category, Thomas Smith from Rapid City won first place on piano with Fantasie Impromptu by Chopin, Sandra Shaefer from Rapid City took second place on piano with Prelude in G minor Op. 23, No. 5 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Kendra Iversen from Spearfish, took third place singing Se tu m’ami by Alessandro Parisotti.

Participants were divided into two categories: ages 9-14, and ages 15-20. Entrants were required to perform one difficult memorized classical selection and were judged on poise, stage presence, and musicianship

The competition judges were Dr. Johanna Meier, Elizabeth Hastings of the Liederkranz Foundation in New York City, and Christopher Hahn, professor of music at BHSU. The competition was the opening event for the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute.

Other upcoming opera events include: Aria Recital Evening Saturday, June 18; An Evening of Opera Scenes, Friday, June 24; and Night at the Opera, Saturday, June 25. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the BHSU campus; tickets are available at the door. Ticket price is $15 for the general public, $8 for children under 12/ students/seniors over 65.

A catered dinner is available by reservation only at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Saturday, June 25 performance. The cost for the dinner and opera is $25 adults, $20 children under 12. Dinner reservations must be made by Friday, June 21; call 642-6420 or contact Cami.Dohman@BHSU.edu for information.