Andrew Staupe, Jeewon Lee take honors at Young Texas Artists Competition

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Young Texas Artists Music Competition
News Release
Monday, March 15, 2010

26th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition Winners Announced
at ENTERGY Finalists’ Concert & Awards

CONROE, TEXAS – Conroe’s historic Crighton Theatre was host to the Entergy Finalists’ Concert & Awards on Saturday evening, March 13. Finalists in the 26th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition, presented by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, dazzled concert attendees with technique, poise and tremendous musical talent. Winners, selected by five distinguished judges and one audience favorite, received awards totaling $21,000.

Musical artists from Rice University Shepherd School of Music made a clean sweep, winning all first place positions in every category plus the grand prize. Winners in each category are: Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano and grand prize winner in Voice; Andrew Staupe in Piano; Aaron Perdue on flute in Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, and Guitar; and Luke Hsu on violin in Strings.

Runner-up positions are: Leslie Marks, Soprano from University of North Texas in Voice Division; Jeewon Lee from Rice University in Piano Division; Zach Stern on alto saxophone from Kingwood and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, and Guitar Division; Christine Lamprea on violoncello from San Antonio and The Juilliard School in Strings Division.

Jeewon Lee gave a stunning performance of Franz Liszt’s “Faust Waltz,” earning her the coveted Audience Choice Award and an invitation to perform with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra.

More than 60 talented musicians traveled to Conroe to vie for cash prizes and performance opportunities in the 26th Anniversary of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. The three-day competition is open to musical artists, ages 18-30 (20-32 for Voice), who are Texas residents or students enrolled in a Texas college, university or music school.

For more information about Young Texas Artists Music Competition, contact Susie Pokorski, Chair, at 936-756-7017 or visit


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