Four talented musicians take to the stage at Mesa State College Sunday afternoon to compete in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition. The 16th annual competition features four college students from around the United States. Finalists included Gabriel Mientka, Robert Davis, Brandon Yarns and Lauren Posey. The winner of the competition, cellist Gabriel Mientka, received $1,500.00 and will appear as a soloist with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra during the 2006–2007 season.
The next competition will take place late fall of 2007 and will be limited to pianists.