Yoichi Udagawa

Symphony also introduces its Young Musicians’ Competition

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the opening of the orchestra's 68th concert season as well as Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa's 20th season leading the orchestra. Under Udagawa's leadership the orchestra has transitioned to a fully professional year round orchestra, expanded from one concert venue to two: Manchester and Ipswich; increased its traditional five performances per season to eight performances; welcomed an impressive slate of acclaimed guest artists; premiered a new chamber music series, Musicians Unleashed, and this season launched a Young Musicians' Competition to give a young music student on the North Shore the opportunity to play with CAS and work with Conductor Udagawa.

The Cape Ann Symphony Young Musicians' Competition is open to young music students of orchestral instruments in grades 6-12 on the North Shore. Players of orchestral instruments other than piano are encouraged to submit a video audition. The winner of the competition will be invited to perform with the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa, at the Cape Ann Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert on November 30th at 7:30 in Manchester-by-the-Sea as well as receive a scholarship from CAS to support their music education. 

Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Udagawa is excited to introduce the competition this year and mentor the next generation of musicians, "Made possible by the generosity of Dr. Ed and Mrs. Ann Marsh, we are having our first Young Musicians' Competition this year, and the winner will be featured at our Holiday Pops concert. The amazing level of music talent of young people today is inspiring and makes all of us very optimistic about the future. Never have so many young musicians played at such a high level - and we are really looking forward to performing with the winner." CAS Board President Fran White echoes Udagawa's excitement, "Cape Ann Symphony continues to grow!" 

This year for the first time we will sponsor a youth competition and are reaching out to the talented students throughout the North Shore to give them the chance to work with Maestro Yoichi Udagawa and perform with the orchestra.  I want to thank Dr. and Mrs. Marsh for their generous contribution that has allowed us to introduce this program and expand our outreach." The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2019. For details on submission guidelines, visit www.capeannsymphony.org.