2020 Concerto Competition Winners

Thank you to all participants of this year’s Concerto Competition. Be sure to come to our Spring Concert at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday, May 1st to see these talented young artists!

Mason Crowder: Winner, Adult Category

Mason Crowder is a senior from Knoxville, TN, and will be graduating with honors from HomeLife Academy’s Independent Study Program in May. He began playing the violin in 2016, studying under Mary Ann Fennell, and is now studying under Geoffrey Herd. Mason has received top honors at many local and state competitions during his four years of playing. In 2018, he was awarded first place and a scholarship as a soloist in the Knoxville TMMC competition, and in the fall of 2018, he was selected to participate in the MTSU Honors Orchestra. Mason was also awarded a full scholarship to participate in the TN Governor’s School for the Arts in the summer of 2019. This summer, Mason will have the great honor to travel to Vienna, Austria, with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra to perform in the world-famous Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic, in honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. In addition, he was selected to be a member of the 2020 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, where he will perform at Carnegie Hall before embarking on a concert tour throughout North America. Mason also enjoys playing violin on his church’s main/youth worship teams. Outside of his musical endeavors, he enjoys reading, spending time with his family and friends, and playing video games. Mason would like to thank his family, friends, and all of his teachers for everything they’ve done to support him and invest into his life. Last but not least, he thanks God for the ability and great opportunity He’s given him to play violin. Mason plans to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the fall to major in violin performance.

Carlene Soderberg: Winner, Youth Category

Carlene Elizabeth Soderberg is currently a junior at Knoxville Catholic High School. She began playing the cello at the age 11 and has been active in her school music programs. She is currently studying under Alicia Randisi-Hooker.

For three years, Carlene has attended Friends Music Camp through which she was a soloist for the Glenn Nature Reserve benefit concert in Yellow Springs. She has also attended Chamber Music on the Hill at Converse College under the direction of Sarah Johnson. It was there that she studied under Tanja Bechtler and Dr. Jonathan Kramer. She has been playing in the Knoxville Youth Symphony Association for four years.

In her spare time Carlene loves to sing in her school’s choir and to compose. She plans on studying cello performance and musicology in college.