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Three exceptional students receive awards from SEISO

Dec 12, 2013
Photo by: Submitted Exceptional students were named by SEISO for the Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition. From left, Anne Buckwalter, Director Robert McConnell, Joel Knipe and Rachel Gibbons.

Three winners have been named in Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra’s Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition. SEISO Conductor Robert McConnell, following the competition Saturday, Dec. 7, in Mt. Pleasant, announced first, second and third place winners. 
Cellist Rachel Gibbons won first place. Gibbons, a Burlington High School senior and daughter of Rodney and Kimberly Gibbons of Burlington performed the Hungarian Rhapsody by David Popper. 
Clarinetist Anne Buckwalter, who performed Weber’s Clarinet Concertina, Op. 26, won second place honors. Buckwalter, a junior at Iowa Mennonite High School, is the daughter of Tom and Paula Buckwalter of Wellman. 
Both first and second place winners will receive scholarship awards, which are provided by the Morton and Virginia Schmucker Memorial Trust. 
Third place honors were earned by Ft. Madison trombonist Joel Knipe, who performed the Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant.  Knipe is a Ft. Madison High School senior and is the son of Jeff and Lisa Knipe.
McConnell congratulated all of the contestants, parents and teachers on their high level of achievement. 
The SEISO Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition is an annual event designed to encourage and recognize exceptional young music talent in Southeast Iowa. The competition is part of the orchestra’s educational component and is supported through an endowment gift from the family of Marilyn Minford McCoid.
The date for the next competition is Dec. 6, 2014.  Information will be sent to area music teachers in the fall of next year. Also, competition applications may be downloaded from the orchestra’s web site at or received by calling the office at 319-385-6352.

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