Chuang earns first place in musician competition Huan-Ching Chuang of Vermillion won first place March 13 in the Young Musician Competition Finals, sponsored by the South Dakota Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra League.
The competition, held at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, is for piano, strings, brass, and woodwinds and is open to all full-time students through their senior year in high school. It is planned to promote the growth of instrumental music in South Dakota and the region.
Chuang earned first prize for her performance on both violin and piano. She is an eighth- grade student at Vermillion Middle School and is also a special student at The University of South Dakota. She began her studies on the violin and piano at the age of five in her native Taiwan and has continued her studies with Dr. John Thomson and Dr. Susan Keith Gray at USD.
Chuang has won numerous awards. Most recently, she was declared the Maestri Award Winner of the 1999 Youth Concerto Competition of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras and will therefore solo with the Omaha Youth Symphony.
Other finals participants were Liana Gadeliya, Jami Beck, Kristein Roust, Eric Bliss and Charles Srstka of Sioux Falls, Katie Kerslake of Brandon, Edwin Aybar of Canby, MN and Haley Boone of Sioux Center, IA.