The Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Tony Chang will present its annual Young Performers Concert at The George Daily Auditorium, Sunday, April 13, at 4 p.m. Please note that this date is one week later than was originally scheduled.
This Year's Concert will feature three outstanding soloists performing with the Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra. Members of the orchestra will also include some very talented young players along with the very talented and more experienced regular members of the Oskaloosa Symphony.
The first soloist for this year's performance will be Miss Shana Liu, performing the first movement of the famous Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16. This will be the second time that Shana will perform with The Oskaloosa Symphony. Shana performed as a solo violinist at last year's Young Performers Concert.
Shana Liu, age 14 is a freshman at Roosevelt High School and Central Academy in Des Moines. She has loved music from a very young age. Shana started piano lessons when she was 5 1/2 years old with Mrs. Karen Langstraat in Indianola. Currently, she studies with Dr. Ted Reuter at Wartburg College in Waverly and Dr. Mei-Hsuan Huang at Iowa State University in Ames. Shana won first place in level A(2008), B(2009) and F(2013) of the Iowa Music Teachers Association state piano competition. She also won first place in level E(2012) and F(2013) in district piano competitions. Shana was also the 2012 "Sprout Champion" and a 2013 semifinalist in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair. In addition, Shana won Junior Performance Honorable Mention at the 2013 Music Teachers National Association competition. Most recently, in January of 2014, Shana was one of two winners at the Des Moines Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition.
Shana has served as an accompanist at The Des Moines Heartland Youth Choir, Roosevelt High School varsity show choirs, and Roosevelt orchestra and chamber orchestra. In December of 2013, she accompanied Central Iowa Symphony at Ames on their "Christmas Dreams" concert as a substitute.