Young Performers Competition

The goal of the St. Cloud Symphony’s Young Performers Competition is to provide talented young musicians in central Minnesota with an opportunity to compete for scholarships and receive written feedback from a panel of distinguished judges. Unfortunately, we have had to omit the usual Honors Recital for winners and the Grand Prize performance with the SCSO from the 2021 competition due to the COVID pandemic. We hope that it will be safe to gather for live performances in 2022, and we can restore these awards for the 2022 Young Performers Competition


2021 SCSO Young Performers Scholarship Competition Scholarship Winners

Kallen Hanzsek-Brill

Kallen Hanzsek-Brill is 16 years old and a junior at St. Cloud Apollo High School. He has been studying the oboe under Brendon Bushman for the last two years and playing the oboe in the Symphonic Band and the saxophone in the Jazz Band at Apollo under the direction of George Zahn. Kallen is captain of the boys’ swim team, a member of the cross country team, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and is involved in community service through the Young People’s Collective.  He plans on continued study with the oboe throughout high school and college.


Thomas Stang is a 14-year-old homeschooler.  He began taking piano lessons at the age of 6.  At the age of 9, he began studying with Dr. Paul Wirth and currently studies with Dr. Chris Weldon.  He enjoys fishing, skiing, mechanical engineering, and wood working.  He plans to attend college and earn a degree in music studies.


Carter Scheele studies viola with David Arnott and will be graduating from Saint John’s University this May. Carter began his musical experience as a violin student of Kara Mather, and within a few years began dabbling with the viola. Carter later studied violin and viola with Steve Eckblad, and at age seventeen became a member of the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Carter plays with the Amadeus Chamber Symphony and various music ensembles in college. Aside from playing the viola, Carter is an avid Nordic skier during the winter and is employed as a wildland firefighter in the western U.S. during the summer. During his free time, he treasures any opportunity to cook, ride his bike, or climb a tree.


Eleanor Melton is graduating in May 2021 from the University of Minnesota Morris with her B.A. in music performance. She began taking piano lessons at age five and studied under Dr. Ann DuHamel during her undergraduate career. After graduating she plans to teach piano in the Red Wing area, where she currently lives with her husband. Outside of music, her interests include literature, languages, and gardening. 


2020 Young Performer Competition Winners:

Young Performer Competition sponsored by Beste & Associates

George Doyle, Piano
​Kate Landsteiner, piano
Jacob Meyer, piano
​Grand Prize – Anthony Berndt, piano


The goal of the St. Cloud Symphony’s Young Performers Competition is to provide talented young musicians in central Minnesota with an opportunity to compete for scholarship awards, receive written feedback from a panel of distinguished judges, and perform for family and friends on the Honors Concert. The Grand Prize winner will perform as soloist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.