The three WINNERS for the 2020-2021 Young Artist Competition are:
Rose Graff loves music. She grew up singing in church, and began studying music with
Mikayla and Lauren Cash in elementary school. In 5th grade, Rosie began taking cello lessons
with Kirsta Anderson, and went on to be the principal cellist in Kelso High School’s Chamber
Orchestra. As a Running Start student, Rosie joined the Lower Columbia College Concert Choir
and quickly found her love of classical singing and opera. While attending Lower Columbia
College, Rosie studied voice with Gina Challed. Rosie was scheduled to perform in the esteemed
Carnegie Hall with Lower Columbia College’s Concert Choir before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rosie attends Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she majors in Music Education:
Choral K-12. At BYU, Rosie has studied voice under the direction of Dr. Paul Broomhead. She
is a member of BYU’s University Chorale, as well as a cellist in the University Strings
Rosie also has a passion for teaching. She works at The Piano Place in South Jordan, Utah,
teaching private voice and cello lessons. She currently teaches 15 students, from ages 6 to 40.
Rosie expresses her appreciation to her parents and teachers for all of their support, to the
Southwest Washington Symphony for giving her the opportunity to perform, and most
importantly to God for blessing her life with the joys of music.
Alison Houglum is currently a junior pursuing a music education and flute performance degree at George Fox University. She began playing the flute at 11 years old in her school’s 6th grade band, and picked up the alto and tenor saxophone in 8th grade when she wanted to be part of the blues band at school. During her junior and senior years of high school, her involvement in music expanded to include the Lower Columbia College symphonic band and jazz ensemble, pit orchestra with Stageworks Northwest, and the Washington state solo and ensemble competition. Alison decided to study music education after being inspired by her musical family, high school music teachers, and the faculty in the George Fox Music Department. Alison looks forward to teaching music at all levels, elementary through the collegiate level.
Oboist Grace Stearns is a senior at St. Helens High School, where she plays in the Wind Ensemble, and sings in the top two vocal ensembles, Chor Leonis, and Voce. Ms. Stearns was recently accepted into the School of Music at Central Washington University, where she will attend next fall as a Music Education major. An accomplished musician already, she has been the Oregon Music Educators Association District III oboe champion each year since 2018, was selected to the top OMEA All-State Wind Ensemble in 2020 and 2021, and was selected for the top WIBC wind ensemble this year. A featured soloist for the past 3 years with the Sunset Orchestra, Ms. Stearns studies with Karen Strand from PSU, and has also studied with Ann van Bever of the Columbia Symphony. She would like to thank the SW Washington Symphony for this amazing opportunity, and her parents, for being supportive of her performance career.