Young Artist Competition winners announced

RICHLAND -- Two talented student musicians were the overall winners in Saturday's Young Artist Competition held at Central United Protestant Church in Richland.

Susan Bengtson, 16, performed the first movement of the viola Concerto in D Major by Johann Stamitz; and pianist Justin-James Chua, 13, played the first movement of the Concerto in G Minor by Camille Saint-Sans.

Bengtson is the daughter of JoAnn and Peter Bengtson, and Chua is the son of Dr. Jimmy and Marlene Chua. Both winners are from Richland. They each also won their divisions.

They each will perform their respective pieces at the Mid-Columbia Symphony's spring concert March 26 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Division winners were:

Primary piano: Michelle Chou, 10, of Richland.

Senior piano: Katherine Zorich, 14, of Richland.

Senior flute: Hannah Hatchell, 16, of Richland.

Intermediate strings: Ellie Hoffner, 13, of Richland.

Honorable mentions went to senior strings competitors Sydney Bader of Richland and Amanda Tullis of Pendleton, both 17.