In the Senior Division, top honors were shared by two outstanding performers, Franz Felkl who played M. Bruch's Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Violin and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins who performed M. Bruch's Kol Nidrei on the cello.
As the grand prize winners, Felkl and Kreiss-Tomkins will perform with the Juneau Symphony at the upcoming fall performances in October. Felkl will be a freshman at the Juneau Douglas High School next year. He studies violin with music teacher Guo Hua Xia. Kreiss-Tomkins is a resident of Sitka and studies cello with music instructor Roger Schmidt. He will be a junior at Sitka High School.
The competition was held Saturday, June 4 and featured thirteen young musicians. In addition to the Felkl, Kreiss-Tomkins, Zheng, and Woodby, Jacob Sanders, Maggie Ross, Kristina Paulick, Evan Fritz, Lisa Imamura, Ann Robertson, TJ Hovest, Kera Newman, and Kyle Savikko also participated. The competition was judged by high school music teacher Julia Bastuscheck, Juneau Symphony conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett, and keyboardist J. Allan MacKinnon.