Aniah Young, 14, and ninth grader of Stansbury High School, has had an impressive flute competition season.
Within the past three weeks, Aniah has won three major statewide flute competitions. Aniah stood out in the Utah Wind Symphony Student Concerto Scholarship Competition against all middle school instruments to win a chance to perform with the professional Utah Wind Symphony. She won first place on a flashy piccolo piece entitled “A Fantasy on When Johnny Comes Marching Home” by Robert Starer. She will be the featured soloist with the Utah Wind Symphony on April 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City. Tickets must be purchased for this event at www.arttix.org and are $10 a ticket. The public is invited to attend this event. In addition to winning a chance to perform with this orchestra, Aniah won a $1,000 scholarship from Legacy Music Alliance.
Aniah also won first place in the Utah Music Teachers Association middle school woodwind division and was featured at a winners’ recital showcasing Utah’s best student musical talent in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Her solo performance was of Bach’s Polonaise/Double and Badinerie. This event contained a $100 award. Aniah also won first place through the Utah Flute Association Sonata Competition and was featured at a winners’ recital at Summerhays Music.
Aniah’s next endeavor is traveling to Minneapolis, Minn., in May to perform at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Convention. She won an audition to be featured in a masterclass with Alexa Still, a famous flutist from Colorado. She was also selected to perform with an elite flute ensemble group that is coming together specially for this event. Judges have commented that Aniah’s flute sound is mature for her age, with impressive technique. Her stage presence stands out and she conducts great musicality. Aniah Young studies with Cindy Henderson, flute professor at Weber State University and has studied flute for 5 years. Her parents are Nathan and Katrina Young of Stansbury Park.