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The Idaho Falls Symphony honored three volunteers from the community during its annual Symphony in the Park concert Saturday at Freeman Park.

Here are the award winners:

Joan Chesbro Award: Karen Beck. The symphony’s former principal cellist and the recently retired director of orchestras at Idaho Falls High School was honored for her advocacy, nurturing and support of the symphony. The Joan Chesbro Award goes to the community member who “supports and nurtures the Symphony and is an active advocate for the arts.”

Lowell Jobe Award for Time, Talent, and Treasure: Jackie Larsen. Larsen, a past president of the Idaho Falls Symphony, was honored for her “generous support of all things Symphony.”

Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Gentry. Gentry is a key supporter of the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony who, with the help of her husband Steve Gentry, helped organize a fundraiser at Dillard’s to benefit the youth symphony program. The symphony script from Saturday’s show said Gentry was the model for the group’s new education staff position, and she helped train new staff on the inner workings of the organization.

Nine musicians named finalists for symphony’s Young Artists Competition

Five young local musicians are among nine finalists for the Idaho Falls Symphony’s Young Artists Competition, a biennial concerto competition.

The finalists in the junior division, for students up to 18 years old, include Sophie Lyman of Rexburg (cello), Jacob Timothy Mckay of Rexburg (piano), Evelyn Lee of Rigby (violin) and Elizabeth Stewart of Idaho Falls (piano) and Fernando Perez of Boise (flute).

The finalists in the senior division, for college students, are Nathan May of Rexburg (bass), Sebastian Fraser of Boise and Brigham Young University-Idaho (cello), Rumeng Liao of China and Idaho State University (violin), Yonsoo Park of Boise State (violin), Clarissa Tracy of Greenacres, Wash., and BYU-Idaho (flute), and Tate Wadsworth of Salem, Ore., and BYU-Idaho (horn).

Approximately 30 young musicians submitted video recordings of their work earlier this year, which were then reviewed by a panel of judges. The musicians will present a recital at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Colonial Theater. Three judges will then select a winner from each division based on those recitals. The winners will be announced at the end of the recital.

The two winners will then perform their solos with the Idaho Falls Symphony during the final concert of the 2018-2019 season, scheduled for April 27 at the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts. The winner of the senior division receives $1,000 and the winner of the junior competition wins $500.

To read about each finalist, visit

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