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Voice student Katie Oberholtzer wins prize at Bay Chamber Concerts' Young Stars of Maine competition

Katie Oberholtzer

The University of Southern Maine School of Music voice student Katie Oberholtzer has been awarded the Nathan E. Corning Jazz Prize of $1000 from the Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School as part of their 2018 Young Stars of Maine competition. 

The Young Stars of Maine Concert features Oberholtzer and the rest of this year’s seven winning performers in a concert Sunday, June 17, at 4 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., Rockport, Maine. The concert is free and open to the public. 

For more than 50 years, Bay Chamber's Young Stars of Maine Prize Program has recognized, encouraged and rewarded young Maine music students who are serious in their study and performance of music. The awards include $1,000 prizes in seven categories, for individuals and ensembles ages 11-25.

In addition to Oberholtzer, two of the other prize winners also have a USM connection. Esme Power, the Chatfield Piano Prize winner will be attending the School of Music this coming fall, and the Ezra Rachlin Prize winner, Daphne te Boekhorst, is in the USM Youth Ensembles program, performing in both the Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra.

The full list of the prize winners includes: 

The Eleanor Erdman and Diane Nixon Vocal Excellence Prize of $1000
Caroline Homer, soprano - Southwest Harbor, ME

The A. H. Chatfield, Jr. Piano Prize of $1000
Esme Power, piano - Hope, ME

Summer Strings Prize of $1000
Soren Nyhus, cello - Waterville, ME

The Jean and Harvey Picker Senior Prize of $1000
Alice Hauser, piano - Kennebunk, ME

The Elsie Bixler Junior Prize of $1000
Inga Zimba, piano - Waterville, ME

Ezra Rachlin Prize for Excellence of $1000
Daphne te Boekhorst, flute - Cape Elizabeth, ME

The Nathan E. Corning Jazz Prize of $1000
Katie Oberholtzer, voice - Cape Elizabeth, ME

To read more, visit the article in the Knox Village Soup