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SAO announces winner of the 2023 Young Artist Competition!

The St. Augustine Orchestra is pleased to announce the winner of this year's Young Artist Competition, Sarah Park!

Sarah Park, a junior at Bolles School, holds the position of regional director for the Back to Bach Project Jacksonville, FL Chapter. Her musical journey includes serving as the concertmaster for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Philharmonic in 2021 and 2022, and she currently serves as the rotating concertmaster.

Sarah made her debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 10, winning an international music competition. Additionally, she showcased her talent as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, winning the Young Artist Competition in 2022. In the fall of 2022, she was an invited soloist in the Romantic series with the Saint Augustine Orchestra.

Beyond her musical achievements, Sarah is an active scientist. She recently won the 2023 Congressional App Challenge from FL 05, a nationwide competition. Her winning entry creatively connects the healing power of music with scientific principles. This project is a culmination of two years of dedicated research, which earned her accolades at both the 2022 and 2023 Regeneron International Science Fair (ISEF). Sarah is a student researcher as part of the Science Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge (SPARK) at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.

Come hear Sarah play the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the SAO on March 8th, 2024 at Tocoi Creek High School!

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