Bartlesville Symphony Announces 2018 Young Artist Competition Winner

Bartlesville Symphony Announces 2018 Young Artist Competition Winner

The Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra held the 36th Annual Myrna Hershberger Young Artist Competition on Sunday, January 14.  Six young artists competed to perform during the symphony’s 60th Diamond Anniversary Performance on March 24, 2018 as well as a cash award of $500.  Judges for the competition were Maestro Lauren Green, Stephen Goforth, and Mark Beckwith.

The 2018 Young Artist Competition Winner is Markus Klawun, son of Christoph and Elizabeth Klawun.  Mr. Klawun is a student of David Kazmierzak and has been studying violin for seven years.  He performed the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64.  Mr. Klawun was accompanied by Travis Dunlap.  When asked why he choose to perform his winning entry, he responded, “Mendelssohn was a significant challenge, testing my abilities as a violinist in new ways while still a piece I was confident I could master in the time I had before the audition.”

Markus is a senior at Bartlesville High School and when not playing music, he likes to compose music as well participate in high school athletics with the Bruin cross-country and swim teams.  He loves the excellent Bartlesville school system and the rich community of musical talent cultivated throughout Bartlesville.

The BSO established the Young Artist Competition to foster musical education in Bartlesville.  The competition provides young musicians the opportunity for exposure within the community through performance as a soloist at a symphony performance.  In 2012 it was renamed the Myrna Hershberger Young Artist Competition to commemorate Ms. Hershberger, who taught string orchestra at Central Middle school and various elementary schools for several decades.  She is the mother of two Young Artist Competition winners, pianist Jay Hershberger and vocalist, Julie Hershberger.  Mrs. Hershberger was also known as the accompanist extraordinaire for many Young Artists competitors.

The concert is Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Bartlesville Community Center.  Tickets are on sale at the BCC box office, calling 918-336-2787 or by visiting:

About the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra

Performing under the leadership of Maestro Lauren Green, the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the 60th Diamond Anniversary Season.  Established in 1957, the BSO provides cultural enrichment, music education, and performing arts appreciation for Bartlesville and surrounding communities. The BSO is a professional/community orchestra consisting of professional, student, and volunteer musicians. For season concert tickets or general information please contact the BSO office (918) 336-7717 or visit