In Thursday’s (12/18) Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), Sandra Okamoto writes, “Just up the road in LaGrange, if you go to a concert by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, you’ll see a familiar figure leading the orchestra. Patricio Cobos, the now-retired violin professor in the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music, is the conductor of the LSO. Every year, the LSO holds the 14th annual Young Artists Competition. This year, it’s scheduled for Feb. 5 in Callaway Auditorium on the LaGrange College campus. There are also competitions for the 13th annual Barbara Malis Award and the Eighth annual SCALA (Student Competition Awards in the LaGrange Area). ‘These three competitions reflect the LSO’s ongoing commitment to nurture artistic talent at various developmental stages, from young musicians to pre-professional artists,’ said Toni Anderson, chair of the LSO competitions committee. … For the Malis Award, any music student between the ages of 16-20 on the day of the competition who is a resident or resident student in Troup County is eligible for the competition. … For the Youth Artists Competition, it’s too late to enter this year. But keep it in mind for next year. … The first place winner will perform with the LSO the following season.”

Posted December 18, 2009