PUBLISHED: 1:56 PM on Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Youth Concerto Competition held Wednesday
The Juneau Symphony will hold its annual Youth Concerto Competition at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Juneau Douglas High School stage.

The Juneau Symphony's Youth Concerto Competition provides youth of Alaska with a forum in which to present their best musicianship. Participants in junior and senior instrumental categories play concerto movements before an audience that includes judges. Competitors receive written evaluations of their performances from the judges, along with an opportunity to discuss their strengths and weaknesses.

This year's competition will feature six music students from Juneau and Haines. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performances.

Founded in 1962 by music teacher Cliff Berge, the Juneau Symphony began as a community orchestra with a volunteer conductor and players. In over 40 seasons of bringing live orchestral music to Alaska's capital city, the Juneau Symphony now boasts over 80 semi-professional and volunteer musicians, many of whom hold advanced degrees in music performance.

The mission of the Juneau Symphony is to give local musicians a platform to perform and develop musically, to provide live symphonic music for the community, and to offer musical opportunities and support for youth.

For more information, go online to or call the symphony office at 586-4676.