Sounds Like KPAC: Young Talent Competition

Students from Ronald Reagan High School, Smithson Valley High School, and Brackenridge High School all took first place awards at Texas Public Radio’s third annual “SOUNDS LIKE KPAC” talent competition this Saturday, held at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College.

The First Place winners in each category were: 
 
SOLO MUSICIAN
Jeremiah Guillen, Brennan HS
ENSEMBLE MUSICIANS
Quid Nunc Saxophone Quartet, Reagan HS
VISUAL ART
Christina Bender, Brackenridge HS
WRITTEN WORD
Silas Hannemann, Smithson Valley HS
 
All of the musical performances, as well as interviews with select contestants, will be broadcast on KPAC 88.3 FM on Saturday, February 11 at 7 p.m. on “Performance Saturday,” Texas Public Radio’s weekly showcase of great performances from the stages of south central Texas. Performances are also online at: http://tinyurl.com/SLKPAC2017
 
The First Place winners in each category were awarded a $1,000 cash prize, funded by the Flohr Foundation and Dr. Lindsay Irvin of Alamo Heights Pediatrics. First Place winners also received a year’s supply of Whataburger, courtesy of the San Antonio-based chain.
 
Second and Third Place winners in the Solo Musician category were Mikayla Simonsen and Aidan Alcocer.Second and Third Place winners in the Ensemble Musician category were Cloud 9 String Quartet and the Haydn Seek String Quartet. Second and Third Place winners in the Visual Art category were Soren Dickson and Jimmy Castillo. Second and Third Place winners in the Visual Art category were Emma Brian and Isaiah Dickson.
 
Congratulations to all of the winners!
 
The First Place Winner in each Category received a cash prize of $1000.00. The Second Place Winner in each Category will receive a cash prize of $500.00.  The Third Place Winner in each Category will receive a cash prize of $250.00. (Ensemble prize winners will receive $2400, $1200, or $600 with each prize divided evenly among the performers.) Whataburger has also donated prize packages for each of the First, Second and Third Place winners.
 

The annual competition is open to area junior high and high school age students between the ages of 13-19. Musicians uploaded performances to social media sites Soundcloud and YouTube and shared submissions with us by emailing links to youngtalent@tpr.org

The official rules and prize information may be downloaded below.

Thanks to Texas Lutheran UniversityMid-Texas Symphony, Terra Nova Violins, and San Antonio College for sponsoring this initiative. The competition prizes are funded by Dr. Lindsay Irvin of Alamo Heights Pediatrics and the Flohr Foundation, with additional support from Rev. Clifford and Elizabeth Waller, Veronica Prida and Omar Rodriguez, Pamela Fitzsimmons Howard, and Dr. Jatin Patel.