Congratulations to this Season’s Young Artists!
Young instrumentalists and vocalists auditioned for the annual Young Artists Competition in the Fall of 2019. This year, the field was so tremendous, judges chose first and second place winners! These amazing young artists will perform with the Imperial Symphony on March 10, 2020 at Youkey Theatre in Lakeland.
Milica Samargia (soprano) is a junior voice performance major at Florida Southern College where she studies voice with Diane Willis Stahl. She is from West Palm Beach, Florida. Milica has been an active participant in the Florida Southern College Opera Theatre, performing in the 2018 production Gondoliers and the 2019 Opera Gala. She will be casted as Rose Maybud in the 2020 spring production Ruddigore . Milica also sang in the chorus of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s productions of Gianni Schicchi, The Magic Flute , and La Boheme. Milica was featured as a soloist for FSC’s 2019 Christmas Gala and has performed at several campus events as a representative of Florida Southern College’s music department.
Kayla Sconiers (mezzo-soprano), 18, is a native of Lakeland, Florida, and is a senior at Harrison School for the Arts under the tutelage of Christine Stanley. She is a recipient of the National YoungArts Foundation Competition. During the summer of 2019, Kayla attended Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University to develop her artistic vocal skills within the art song and operatic repertory. This program has allowed her to sing in high-performance ensembles such as jazz, and to be featured in their prestigious Honor Soloist Recital. She was awarded 1st place at the Grady-Rayam African American Spiritual Prize Competition, where she makes it her mission to preserve America’s spiritual pieces as part of the nation’s cultural heritage and to invigorate the American public to embrace spirituals as a shared cultural legacy. Kayla has succeeded in each level of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Talent Hunt Competition. From the district, state, and national level in Birmingham, Alabama, Kayla represented her hometown proudly. Additionally, she was bestowed with the “Encouragement Award” at the Schmidt Vocal Competition in 2018 and 2019. Kayla has participated in the All-State Sight Reading Chorus for three years and received Superior with Distinction throughout her high school career at District/State Solo and Ensemble. Furthermore, she has earned scholarships from the Hayes School of Music, NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Girl’s Inc. of Lakeland and Bartow, and Schmidt Vocal Youth Competition. Kayla is immensely grateful for the teachers and mentors that have contributed to her passion for music performance.
Last season, the Imperial Symphony was able to revive the annual Young Artists Competition thanks to the generosity of donors like you! To make your contribution to continue this competition and more programs for young artists, visit MasouYoungArtists.org.