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Bach Society announces young contest winners

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The Denton Bach Society recently hosted its Competition for Young Musicians 2018, which looks for emerging talent in wind instruments, piano and voice. 

The local early music society has been promoting top talent among the region's teenagers for a number of years. Prize winners return to perform in concert with the society. 

Smrithi Upadhyayula, a student of Cecilia Hamilton, won first place in the instrumental division for her flute performance. She lives in Carrollton. 

Annie Zhi, a student of  Christina Long, won first place for her piano performance, and William Swinney, a tenor and a student of Thomas Rinn, placed first in the voice category.

Honorable mentions were also awarded:

  • Teresa Mina Lee, student of Paul Leenhouts, for her performance on recorder
  • Francisco Moran, student of Amy Woody, for his bassoon performance
  • William Leicht, student of Dr. Mary Humm, for his piano performance
  • Skylar DuBose, student of Thomas Rinn, voice
  • Ana Hopper, student of Charlotte Ellsaesasser, voice
  • A.J. Vinson, student of Terrie Preskitt, voice. 

The instrumental students competing were judged by Elvia Puccinelli and John Scott. Vocal students competing were judged by Gwynne Johnson and Twyla Robinson. 

The top three winners will perform with the Denton Bach Society in concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Ave.