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News & Articles | April 17, 2024

Announcing 2024 Student Concerto Competition Winners

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 Student Concerto Competition, held in Jansen Hall, Clarke University on Saturday, April 6, 2024. 
Judging 14 performances were Dr. Timothy Hagen, DSO Principal Flute, Philip Bergman, DSO Principal Cello and Emily Hancock, DSO Principal Clarinet 

Tuba player Brett Tomkins, 17 years old from Dubuque, IA, took first place for his performance of James Barnes’ Concerto for Tuba, first movement. Brett is a student of Dr. Daniel Rowland.

Violinist Alec Bowman, 17 years old from Dubuque, IA, won second place for his performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, third movement. Alec is a student of Lisa Guttenberg.

Bassoonist Addilyn Dolan, 15 years old from Dubuque, IA won third place for her performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in E minor, second & third movements. Addilyn is a student of Marcia Martin.

Honorable Mention was awarded to Tuba player Sam Kress, age 15 from Maquoketa, IA, studying with Adam Denner.

The competition is sponsored by the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra League. It is open to 8th-12th grade students in the tri-state area and designed to inspire more advanced students to prepare, audition, and compete for the opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra.