The Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition

44th Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition Concert May 6th.

Every year winners are given the opportunity to perform as solo artists with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra.  The winners of the Ruth Kern Young Artist’s Concerto Competition will have the opportunity to perform with the ASCO at the annual “Winners Concert”.


The 44th Annual Winners Concert

Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at 4:00 PM
SAINT-SAËNS: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 – Claire Cho, violin
MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 – Katherine Yang, piano
ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85  – Lexine Feng, cello
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 – Benjamin Chin, piano
DVORAK:  Cello Concerto, Op. 104 in B minor  – Teu-in Kim, cello
Henry W. Grady High School Auditorium
929 Charles Allen Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Suggested Donation $20



Important Dates for the 44th Annual Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition:

Dress Rehearsal #1: Monday, April 30, 2018 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Dress Rehearsal #2: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Winners Concert: Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4:00 PM



For more Information please contact:

Lisa Ellinger, General Manager
Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra

Ruth Kern was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and moved to Atlanta just after graduation. She always said she was looking for a place that had the potential for growth.   As a music educator in the Atlanta Public School System for 32 years, Ruth touched the lives of hundreds of young people, many of whom became musicians themselves, performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Community Orchestra.  She became a member of the Atlanta Music Club (AMC) and along with Ruth Dabney Allen and Senta Hutcheson, organized the Atlanta Community Orchestra, now the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra.  This was the second orchestra founded by the AMC, the first being the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ruth Kern was one of the most dedicated musicians of Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, playing in the viola section well into her eighties, at which time she returned to her native Ohio.  She left us with an indelible impression of how things should be in a community orchestra and was adamant about performing free concerts for the public.  She was an exemplar of the love of music and how music can influence and shape youth in so many positive ways.  It is because of her professionalism, faithfulness, and devotion to Greater Atlanta, this community orchestra, and her love for young people, that this concert series was named in her honor.