James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Competition to be held in Potsdam
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 5:17 pm

POTSDAM -- The Orchestra of Northern New York will host the 13th Annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Competition on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at SUNY Potsdam’s Hosmer Hall.

Six high school students from northern and central New York will compete for a $500 first prize and the opportunity to solo with the ONNY, the region's only professional symphony orchestra.

The public is invited.

Students perform works from memory. Each student has seven to 15 minutes to play a required piece.

This year's competition participants are:

Grace Cicchinelli, 16, from St. Regis Falls Central will perform on flute. She is the daughter of Nicholas and Kelly Cicchinelli, St. Regis Falls.

Katie Lamica, 17, from Franklin Academy will perform on clarinet. She is the daughter of Alan and Lynn Lamica, Malone.

Daniel Severtson, 16, from Potsdam Central High School will perform on oboe. Mark Severtson, 16, also from Potsdam High will perform on tuba. They are sons of Kirk and Josie Severtson, Potsdam.

Peter Spinelli, 18, from Fayetteville-Manlius High School will perform on the piano. He is the son of Stephen and Pauline Spinelli, Manlius.

Carole Wilay, 15, from Carthage High School will perform on violin. She is the daughter of Douglas and Heyoung Wilay, Black River.

Second and third place prizes of $300 and $150 respectively are also awarded. Judges for the competition include members of the Crane School of Music faculty.

The competition was established in 2007. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews were great supporters of various activities for young people and were especially fond of those involving music.

Upon the death of James, his wife Katherine and family members decided that all donations in his name would be used to establish this event.

The mission of the competition is to inspire the young musicians of Northern New York and beyond to reach their highest level of artistry. The competition is one of a few of its kind in the U.S. to offer both a cash prize and the opportunity to solo with a professional orchestra.

The winner of this year's competition will perform at the Harry Potter Spectacular concerts on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community College's Sturtz Theater in Watertown and on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall.