NSU student wins division of Rapides Concerto Competition

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Emily Owens, a graduate student in music performance at Northwestern State University, was the winner in the Young Artist Division of the Rapides Concerto Competition held this past weekend. Owens, a violinist, will perform with the Rapides Symphony on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in Alexandria.

Owens won the competition performing the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto.”

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“I was surprised when they announced that I had won,” said Owens, who is from Benton. “I heard a lot of the other competitors and they all sounded amazing. I am beyond grateful and so excited to play with the Rapides Symphony.”

Owens won the violin competition at the Louisiana Music Teachers National Association competition last October. She was a finalist in the 2013 Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concerto competition.

“I’ve played in a few competitions recently and having competitions scheduled really motivates me to push toward that end goal,” said Owens. “When the hard work leads to a win, it’s such a rewarding feeling.”

Owens is a student of Northwestern State Professor of Violin Dr. Andrej Kurti.

“I’m really thankful for my teacher, Dr. Andrej Kurti for being my teacher and mentor,” she said. “He really has been a great inspiration to me and has been so supportive.”

Emily Owens