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Taylor University student, Chris Jenkins, wins MPO Concerto Competition

The winner of the 30th annual Marion Philharmonic Orchestra’s Concerto/Aria Competition competition was saxophonist Chris Jenkins.

He performed the first movement of Glazunov’s Concerto in E-flat Major. Jenkins will be recognized at the MPO’s upcoming Chamber Concert, The Four Seasons, on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Rediger Auditorium at Taylor University.

Runner-up in the Collegiate Division was pianist Edith Coplin, a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University. Coplin performed Allegramente from Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major.

The concert, which took place Feb. 1 in the Baker Recital Hall on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.

The competition is sponsored by the MPO Friends and Dr. Steve Hyman, the inaugural winner of the competition and adjudicator for this season’s event. The competition was open to all Indiana High School students and Collegiate students in Grant County. Participants were required to perform a movement from a standard repertoire that has orchestral accompaniment. In addition to receiving a cash prize, the Collegiate winner will be given the opportunity to perform with the MPO during the next concert season.

Judges for the competition were Elaina Robbins, an associate faculty member at the Purdue School of Music; Joan White, principal second violin for the MPO and teacher at Acacia Academy in Kokomo; and pianist Dr. Steve Hyman. Dr. Hyman was a featured soloist with the MPO in 2012 and 2017 and will be soloing again with the MPO this season on May 9th. Dr. Hyman is also Professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

To preorder tickets, visit, call the MPO Box Office at 765.662.0012, send an email to, or mail your check to P.O. Box 272, Marion, IN 46952.

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