Abilene Philharmonic’s Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition final round happening Saturday

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — The Abilene Philharmonic’s Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition final round will take place with a virtual concert Saturday at 2 p.m.

The competition, established in 2008 to help support outstanding young musicians in the Abilene area, is open to woodwind, brass, percussion, string, and piano students between the ages of 12-18 in various Texas school regions who are yet to graduate.

This year’s finalists include pianist Sarah Chen, who just finished 7th grade in Lubbock, Cole Patterson, a soon-to-be senior saxophonist at Abilene High School, percussionist Ricardo Hinojosa, who just completed his junior year at Cooper High School, and 17-year-old cellist Jared Ripple, of Abilene.

The finalists will be performing at Hardin-Simmons University, but you can watch the concert live on Facebook by clicking here.

To find out more about these outstanding young musicians, click here.

Congratulations and best of luck to each finalist!


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