College Concerto Competition

Flutist Carmella Cao was the first prize winner in the RCO’s 25th annual College Concerto Competition, which took place Sunday, January 26 at UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall.

Ms. Cao, now pursuing her doctorate degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a former student at the University of Nevada, Reno, won the Competition with her performance of Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. She will perform with the Reno Chamber Orchestra at the closing concerts of the RCO’s 2013-14 season on April 26 and 27, 2014. Read more about Ms. Cao in this article from the UNLV Libraries website.

The Competition’s second prize went to flutist Michelle Griffin, a University of Nevada, Reno student, who performed Chaminade’s Concertino. Third prize went to trumpet player Jef Derderian, also of UNR, who played Telemann’s Trumpet Concerto in D.

The RCO extends its congratulations and thanks to all nine Competition participants.

The RCO’s College Concerto Competition is the only competition of its kind in the state of Nevada. The participants, who must either attend a Nevada college or be a Nevada resident attending college out of state, compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to appear as soloist with the RCO in one of its regular season concerts. Competitors will receive detailed written comments on their performance from the distinguished panel of judges. Past Competition participants have gone on to significant careers as soloists, orchestral musicians, and teachers.

For more information, contact the RCO at (775) 348-9413.

The College Concerto Competition, and the RCO concerts at which the Competition winner performs, are made possible by a generous grant from The Bretzlaff Foundation.

Kayleigh MillerMatt LinamanMolly Carr
From left to right: Violist Kayleigh Miller (2012-13 Competition winner), cellist Matt Linaman (2012 Competition winner), and violist Molly Carr (2010-11 Competition winner), performing with the Reno Chamber Orchestra.