David Nash of Bloomfield tied for third place in the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition on Saturday, March 20.
The competition drew nine young artists from across the state to compete for a chance to perform with the Ottumwa Symphony on May 15 at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa.
The first-place winner was Campbell Helton of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. Helton played the First Movement of Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 22. Second place was Emily Lauters of Southeast Polk High School who played “Poem for Flute and Orchestra” by Griffes.
Nash and Chloe Schultz of Benton Community High School tied for third place. Schultz sang “Goodnight Moon” by Whitaker. Nash sang “With Joy the Impatient Husband Man” by Haydn and “O God Have Mercy” from the St. Paul Oratorio by Mendelssohn.
Nash began preparing for the competition one month ago under the direction of Lyle Stirling.
“I was really happy that Mr. Stirling put in a ton of time to help me learn the pieces and keep them polished,” Nash said. “I’m also thankful Nancy Squire was able provide the piano accompaniment and rehearse frequently.”
Nash said the Hayden piece was very challenging because of the multiple long passages of sixteenth notes. “It was tougher to learn and tough to sing the long runs without taking a breath.”
He especially enjoyed the emotion in “O God Have Mercy.”
“It was about repentance and I felt like I could sing it from the heart,” Nash said. “I’ll also be singing this piece for the virtual State Solo and Ensemble Festival.”
Nash is a senior at DCHS and is looking into the possibility of double majoring in biology and music in college.
All-State Speech recognition
Nash was also recognized last week as an All-State student in speech for his solo musical theater performance at State Speech Contest.
Nash performed “Prepared” from “The Danger Year,” by Georgia Stitt.
He performed the piece for district competition, conference contest (where he was named “Best of Center”), and finally state contest.