Student musicians are recognized at the Black Hill Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Young Artist Competition in Rapid City, South Dakota. Photo by News Center 1.

In a video on Sunday’s (1/20) News Center 1 (South Dakota), Samantha Johnson reports, “At the 45th Annual Young Artist Competition hosted by the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra and sponsored by the Black Hills Symphony League, young musicians from the region showcased their musical prowess. The competition comprised 11 participants in the Junior Division (students in the 9th or 10th grade) and 14 participants in the Senior Division (students in the 11th or 12th grade), all hoping for the crown. The winner of the Senior Division was awarded a prize of $500 and the opportunity to perform their solo with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra at their March concert. However, according to Bruce Knowles, the Black Hill Symphony Orchestra’s Director, winning is not the sole objective. ‘It gives them an opportunity to really put themselves out there if you really have to develop a really strong work ethic to make any of this work,’ said Knowles…. One of the judges [said] that he looks forward to the future of classical music…. The Annual Young Artist Competition … will return in 2025, continuing to provide a platform for young musicians to hone their skills and share their musical passion with the community.”