Young musicians take center stage for symphony

Pianist Matthew Decker and violinist Lauren Avondet Anderson will perform April 29th with the Idaho Falls Symphony as Young Artist Competition winners. Courtesy Idaho Falls Symphony.

Pianist Matthew Decker and violinist Lauren Avondet Anderson will perform April 29th with the Idaho Falls Symphony as Young Artist Competition winners. Courtesy Idaho Falls Symphony.

Some of the area’s top young musicians will show off their skills with the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony and Idaho Falls Symphony later this month at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium.

The Idaho Falls Youth Symphony will kick things off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with “Night at the Gallery.” According to a symphony news release, the group held a concerto competition earlier and three musicians were selected to perform solos during the concert. The Idaho Falls Symphony provided biographies of the winners. They are:

• Sophie Lyman, cello. Lyman has played cello for nine years. She currently plays in the Madison High School Symphony Orchestra, the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra and the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony, along with participating in the Idaho All-State Orchestra for three years and the All-Northwest Orchestra this year.

• Drew Stanley, French horn. Stanley has played the French horn for four years. He was selected to participate in The National Youth Orchestra 2 through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, and performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is in his third year with the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony, and was a member of the Idaho All-State and All-Northwest bands this year. Stanley attends Bonneville High School.

• Andrew Crumpley, piano. Crumpley has played piano for 11 years. He has participated in the Eastern Idaho Music Teachers Association Sonata/Sonatina competition and the Idaho Falls Music Club festival/scholarship audition several times. He also plays cello with the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony. Crumpley is home-schooled.

Thursday’s Youth Symphony concert is free to the public. The Youth Symphony will perform “Night at the Gallery” again at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

The Idaho Falls Symphony held a similar competition called the Young Artists Competition. The winners will perform solos with the symphony under the guidance of Thomas Heuser.

The Idaho Falls Symphony provided biographies of the winners. They are:

• Junior division: Matthew Decker, piano. Decker, 15 and a sophomore at Idaho Falls High School, has played piano for eight years. He has performed at the Idaho Falls Music Club festival for seven years and the EIMTA Sonata/Sonatina competition for seven years, and has won many awards. He also plays trumpet in the Idaho Falls High School band, and has been selected for regional Honor Band, Gem State Honor Band and All-State Honor Band. He has been a member of the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony for two years.

• Senior division: Lauren Avondet Anderson, violin. Avondet, who has played violin since age 6, is studying music at BYU. While a student at Idaho Falls High School, she served as concertmaster of the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony and the Idaho Falls High School Orchestra. In college, she has played with the BYU Philharmonic and served as concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble.

“We are delighted to feature Young Artists at the Symphony,” Heuser said in a release. “We hold the competition every two years, and the level of applications keeps getting better. This year we were shocked by the overall talent, which speaks highly of music education in the region — especially, we are proud to say, for the students in southeast Idaho who have been part of the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony.”

Decker and Anderson will perform “Concerto for Orchestra” with Heuser and the Idaho Falls Symphony at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are available at ifsymphony.org. It is the season finale for the symphony.