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Violinist, saxophonist win competition

March 18th, 2012 11:24 pm by staff report

Violinist Emily Lamb and Kevin Mann, on alto saxophone, tied for first place during the Kingsport Music Club’s 2012 Young Artist Recital and Senior Award Competition, held earlier this month at Mafair United Methodist Church. Runner-up was tenor Augusto “Augie” Gil.

Ten young musicians showcased their talents during the annual event.

Lamb has played the violin since age 5. She began playing viola in 2009. A homeschooled senior, Lamb is a member of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the Milligan College Orchestra, the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra, and was first violinist in the Milligan String Quartet.

She placed second in the 2011 Appalachian Classical Music Association Sonata Festival Senior Competition and was the winner of the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. She plans to major in viola performance and English in college.

Mann, a senior at Sullivan Central High School, has played saxophone for seven years and has been a member of the All-State East Blue Band for the past two years. He will perform at All-State this spring. He was a guest soloist for the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra last spring. Mann is planning an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and would then like to attend dental school.

Gil is also a senior at Sullivan Central.

Founded in 1927, the Kingsport Music Club serves, in part, to foster young musicians in the community. The annual recital gives local students a chance to perform in front of an audience and, for the participating high school seniors, a chance to win cash awards.

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