QUINCY — Preston Trinh, violin, and Ashlan Tullock, xylophone, are the winners of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association’s 67th annual Martha McCrory Young Artists Competition. The competition, open to 10th through 12th graders, was held Dec. 18 at First Union Congregational Church in Quincy. The winning musicians will receive a cash prize and perform as soloists during the QSO’s “Courage & Spirit” concert on Feb. 13.
Trinh, a sophomore at Quincy High School, is a son of Linh Nguyen and Anthony Trinh. He loves all genres of music from classical to jazz. Music has been an enjoyment for him since early childhood. He began his piano and violin studies at age 5. His violin teachers are Stephanie Javaux and Analisa Bean. For the last six summers, Trinh has studied at the American Suzuki Institute violin camp at Stevens Point, Wis.
He enjoys performing orchestral and chamber music and is a member of the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra, Quincy High School Orchestra and River Strings. He will perform in the All-State Musician Orchestra in Peoria. A member of the QHS tennis team and Beta Club, Trinh has many interests including aerospace, engineering, medicine and music.
Tullock, a junior at Central High School in Camp Point, is a daughter of Rich and Danell Tullock. She has studied piano with Sara Lung for seven years and taken drum lessons with Kelsey Horner for the last 18 months. She is a member of the concert band, marching band, choir, drama club and academic talent search, and she is a co-captain on her cheer team.
Tullock has been involved in many solos and ensembles at various festivals and competitions, including the Virtual District Festival of 2020. With the help of Jeremy Brunk (Millikin University), Bill Machold (Quincy University), Dan Fry (piano accompanist) and her band director, Riley McDorman, she is making her debut on her first xylophone solo and orchestral piece.
The Young Artists competition allows outstanding high school musicians to perform as concert soloists, accompanied by a symphony orchestra. The annual QSO Young Artists Concert rewards excellence in musicianship. It enriches not just the performer but also the audience and orchestra members.
Contact the symphony office 217-222-2856 or visit www.qsoa.org for more details on the Feb. 13 performance and the competition.
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