John Adams senior wins Student Concerto Competition

Winner will be featured soloist at Elkhart County Symphony's February concert

Posted on Jan. 12, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — John Adams High School senior Anton Gillespie won the Elkhart County Symphony’s 28th annual Student Concerto Competition on Sunday, Jan. 12.

Gillespie was selected by a three-judge panel that included pianist Geoffrey Duce, retired St. Joseph Public Schools teacher Steven Reed and Thomas Stirling, conductor for the Symphony of the Lakes in Warsaw.

The contest was held at First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart on Sunday afternoon.

Eight local students performed in the competition for a chance to play with the symphony at its performance Feb. 15.

Others competing Sunday included Raina DeVries, Penn High School; Thomas Wheeler, home schooled; Abigail Greaser, Goshen High School; Lauren Weirich, Elkhart Central High School; Abigail Alwine, Concord High School; Alexis Barton, Goshen High School; and Carol Weirich, Elkhart Central High School.

Gillespie, playing the French horn, won first place with his performance of Saint-Seans’ Morceau de Concert — Movements one and two.

Carol Weirich, playing piano, came in second place, winning $100. Alwine, a violist, placed third, winning $50.

For winning the competition, Gillespie received $200 and will be the featured soloist at the Elkhart County Symphony’s Feb. 15 performance of “The Power of Love.”

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. at the Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart.

“The Power of Love” will feature the story of “The Velveteen Rabbit” set to French composer Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite.

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