Young artist competition winners


Congratulations to the Winners of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Competition!

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra held their 2019 Charles F. Davis Young Artist Competition last Sunday, April 14th, at the United Methodist Church at 1804 E. Mitchell in Petoskey.

There was a total of nine contestants in the Junior and Senior divisions of the competition. Three winners were selected: Eeva Rintala(Violin) and Collin Brantly (piano) in the Junior Division and Helen Hanchin, (Flute) in the Senior Division. Congratulation to these winners and to all the contestants!

This annual competition is open to students of piano, winds, brass, percussion, strings and voice between the ages of fourteen and nineteen who reside in Northern Michigan and attend schools located between the 45th Parallel and the Straits of Mackinac.

Eleven years ago, the Chamber Orchestra sought an opportunity to encourage and promote young musicians by offering them an opportunity to showcase their talent while competing for a chance to perform with the orchestra, or in other orchestra-sponsored concerts. In addition, winners also receive scholarship awards to further their music studies.

This Young Artist Competition was named to honor Charles F. Davis after his untimely death in an automobile accident. He had been a member of the original youth orchestra, Orchestra board member, frequent volunteer and vocal advocate for young musicians. According to Dr. Robert Pattengale, he was “one of the prime movers in establishing this event.”

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra produces live orchestral performances providing entertainment, education and inspiration for our northern Michigan community. Support for the orchestra is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Frey Foundation and hundreds of individual patrons of the arts. For more information about the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and its educational programs, call the orchestra office at 231-487-0010 or, go to


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