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Local Student Wins Hayes Young Artist Competition

121203hayes_dl.jpgBOONE–Robyn Osborne-Quinnett, a violinist from Fayetteville, has won the Hayes Young Artist Competition at Appalachian State University. Osborne-Quinnett will receive a $20,000 scholarship to study music at Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music.

Osborne-Quinnett studies at the Cumberland County Web Academy in Fayetteville. She is the daughter of Sonja Osborne and a student of Yura Alexov. Osborne-Quinnett performed the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto in D Major” in the competition.

“The annual competition attracts some of the most talented high school seniors in the Southeast,” says William Harbinson, dean of the Hayes School of Music. Thirty-five students participated in the competition held in Boone on Dec. 6.

Following a preliminary round, five finalists were named. Each finalist will receive a minimum $4,000 scholarship to attend Appalachian.

Other finalists were Hannah Lloyd, hornist from Fayetteville, David Omer, pianist from Raleigh, Lauren Whisnant, oboist from Forest City, and David Holland, vocalist from Winter Park, Fla.

The Hayes School of Music is among the region’s finest university music schools. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1953, the school is composed of 460 music majors and 58 faculty and offers degree programs in music education, music performance, music therapy, sacred music, composition/theory, and music industry studies.

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Picture Caption: Winners of the Hayes Young Artist Competition at Appalachian State University are, from left, David Omer, Robyn Osborne-Quinnett, Lauren Whisnant, Hannah Lloyd and David Holland (Photo courtesy Hayes School of Music)