Eight young Utahns have been selected to solo with the Utah Symphony during its 31st annual "Salute to Youth" concert Nov. 20, co-sponsored by the Deseret News. They are:
- Pianist Janae Codner, 13, Provo. Although the youngest of this year's performers, Janae is also the most experienced, having appeared on two previous Salute to Youth concerts in 1985 and 1987. A student of Irene Peery's, she has consistently taken first-place prizes in the Young Keyboard Artists Association, International Stravinsky Awards and Utah State Fair piano competitions. She attends the Meridian School.- Violinist Rosalie Lund, 15, Bountiful. A sophomore at Woods Cross High School, Rosalie is also a Salute to Youth veteran, having soloed during the 1988 concert. The eldest daughter in a family of seven string players, she frequently performs with her brothers and sisters and is a member of the Mormon Youth Symphony. Her teacher currently is associate Utah Symphony concertmaster Gerald Elias.
- Clarinetist Michelle Watabe, 16, Orem. A senior at Orem High School, Michelle studies clarinet with Brigham Young University music professor David Randall. She also plays the piano. She is a member of her school's symphonic band, a cappella choir and tennis team and recently was chosen as a member of the U.S. Congressional Youth Leadership Council. In addition she has performed with the Utah Valley Youth Symphony.
- Bass player Benjamin D. Henderson, 17, Clinton. A student of Utah Symphony principal bass player David Yavornitzky, Ben has spent the past two summers at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich., where his teachers have included Lawrence Hurst and Winston Budrow. He is to present a solo recital at the Arizona Double Bass Symposium next March and is currently a member of both the Mormon Youth and Utah Youth symphonies. He attends Clearfield High School.
- Violist Leticia Oaks, 18, Provo. A graduate of Timpview High School, Leticia is in her first year at the University of Southern California, where she studies viola with Donald McInnes. Previously her teachers were Hiroko Primrose and David Dalton. She has performed with the Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony and, most recently, the Festival Orchestra at the Music Academy of the West.
- Pianist Bill Stanley, 21, Logan. A native of Logan, Bill is a senior majoring in piano performance at Utah State University, where he studies with Gary Amano. At USU he teaches both private lessons and theory classes for the Youth Conservatory and performs with various groups, including a jazz quartet, the USU Jazz Band and the Crestmark Orchestra. As a winner in the concerto competition, he will be soloing with the USU Symphony later this fall.
- Pianist Zhang Qing, 22, Salt Lake City. A native of Shanghai, Zhang was admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory at age 10. Subsequently he took part in the 1987 William Kapell and 1988 Gina Bachauer piano competitions and earlier this year placed third in the Young Keyboard Artists Competition. In addition he has won several contests in China and currently studies piano with Susan Duehlmeier at the University of Utah.
- Soprano Susan Huff, 25, North Salt Lake. A native of Bountiful, Susan is a graduate of Bountiful High School and the University of Utah, from which she earned a degree in vocal performance. Her teacher there was Naomi Farr. Her operatic credits include roles in "Trial by Jury," "Der Rosenkavalier" and "The Marriage of Figaro." She was also one of soloists in the Utah Symphony Chorus' "Messiah" Sing-In last year at Symphony Hall.
The eight were chosen by Utah Symphony music director Joseph Silverstein from among selected Utah State Fair Music Competition winners last weekend at Symphony Hall.
Silverstein will conduct the Tuesday, Nov. 20, concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. in Symphony Hall. Included on the program will be music of Bruch, Chopin, Weber, Hindemith, Prokofiev, Koussevitzky and Moszkowski.
Reserved seats are priced at $6, $8, $10 and $12, with a special family pass available for $35. For information call the Symphony Hall box office at 533-NOTE.