Grand Junction Symphony’s Young Artist Competition Finals to highlight three talented musicians

On Sunday, March 15th, three young and talented musicians from Colorado and Arizona, respectively, will come to the Grand Valley to compete for a chance to perform with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra in the upcoming 2015-2016 Season.

Now in its 21st year, the Grand Junction Symphony’s Young Artist Competition seeks to encourage young musicians in their chosen instruments and careers by affording them an opportunity to play with a symphony orchestra.

In the fall of 2014, over 600 schools and music professors in the Mountain West received information about this year’s competition as they were to encourage their students to apply by submitting an application and an audio or video recording of the piece of music they wish to compete with. Dozens of applications were received through the end of 2014 and Music Director Kirk Gustafson and other music professors from Colorado Mesa University were tasked with selecting the finalists. After several listening sessions and meetings, they narrowed down a very talented pool of applicants to three.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Julian Andres Bohorquez, clarinet. Originally from Colombia and currently studying at the Lamont School of Music in Denver. He will be performing Claude Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet.
  • Rachelle Crowell, flute. Currently earning her Masters of Flute Performance at Colorado State University. She will be performing Gordeli’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No. 8.
  • Lexie Kruse, trumpet. Originally from Minnesota and currently pursuing her Masters in Trumpet Performance from Arizona State University. She will be performing Robert Planel’s Concerto pour Trompette et Orchestre.

The finals competition begins at 1:00pm in the Recital Hall at Moss Performing Arts Center on the Colorado Mesa University campus. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased online at, by calling 970-243-6787 or visiting the Grand Junction Symphony office at 414 Main Street. They will also be available one hour prior the start of the competition.

Special thanks to the Grand Junction Symphony Guild for their continued support of the Young Artist Competition and music education in the Grand Valley.

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