Young Artists Spotlight

Wednesdays at 3:00 PM

The San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the most talented young musicians you'll find anywhere. Young Artists Spotlight gives these musicians, ranging from junior high through college the opportunity to perform live on the radio, and share their passion for classical music with the FM89 audience. The live performances take place each Spring, direct from the new Barmann Chaney Studio. The programs can be heard Wednesdays at 3:00 PM in February, March and April. 

2017 marks a number of firsts for the program and the station. To begin, we welcome a new host for the program, FM89’s David Aus. A musician and educator himself, David will bring audiences new insights into the talented students who get to perform on the show.

Second, 2017 marks the first year that Young Artists Spotlight will originate from the new Barmann-Chaney Performance Studio at Valley Public Radio’s new broadcast center in Clovis. The new facility was designed from the ground up to host live music performances like Young Artists Spotlight with optimum acoustics and technical capacity. In prior years, some student groups were too large to perform with their whole ensemble and were forced to leave some students at home because our old performance studio was too small.

Likewise, less than optimum sound isolation in our old facility meant that all work in the rest of the station had to stop when Young Artists Spotlight was in session. Sometimes employees were forced to work and record content inside their cars during this time. Now with a proper studio with state of the art acoustic technology, we are able to be more efficient and deliver great sound quality to listeners.

Also new this year will be the addition of Facebook Live video streaming of student performances. This added dimension will allow users of the popular social network to watch the performances live as they happen. We hope you will join us for another season of excellent performances from talented students on Young Artists Spotlight.

Young Artists Spotlight 2017 Schedule

February 1                          Oboe Soloist Layla Stefanacci, University High School

February 8                          Central Unified Guitars (Fresno)

February 15                        Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers

February 22                        University High Flute Choir

March 1                               Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists

March 8                               Lindsay Guitars – Nancy Wills

March 15                             Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists

March 22                             Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists

March 29                             Bakersfield Youth Symphony soloists

April 5                                   Bakersfield Youth Symphony soloists

April 12                                 Bakersfield piano soloist Kelsey Jian, with Anna Jian

April 19                                 Tulare Youth Symphony Soloists

April 26                                 Fresno Musical Club soloists

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we feature a performance by the Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers. Director Christopher Borges leads the group in performances of material ranging from the medieval choral music to contemporary pop songs. 


Dixit Maria, by Hans Leo Hassler (1562-1612)

A un giro sol, by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Sweet Day, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Estrela e lua nova (arr. Heitor Villa-Lobos)

White Winter Hymnal (pop song)

Just the Way You Are (girls’ group Valentine gram)

David Aus

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance from two classical guitar ensembles from Central Unified School District in Fresno, led by instructor Brian Garcia. He writes this about his students and the guitar program:

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

On the 2017 season debut of FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we hear music from two students from Fresno's University High School, oboe soloist Layla Stefanacci and piano accompanist Mylan Biltz. Layla is a senior at UHS and was selected as a member of the National Honor Orchestra, Principal of the California State Honor Orchestra, Principal of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno and many other accolades as well.  She is currently applying to some of the top music schools in the country. Pianist Mylan Biltz is also a senior at UHS and has been playing piano for 14 years.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

While the official broadcast season of Young Artists Spotlight doesn't begin until February 1st, this week FM89 listeners got a preview of what's to come, with a special performance by the University High School Chamber Choir. The group of 34 talented Fresno-area students joined us, along with conductor Greg Lapp to celebrate the start of FM89's January Membership Campaign. This performance marked two important firsts for the station.

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature performances by three students of local harp instructor Laura Porter. We will hear Aria Delgado, (Sanger Academy); Carter Williams (Fort Washington); Kimberly Klassen,(Kingsburg High) perform in the final Young Artists Spotlight program broadcast from the Bonner Performing Arts Studio.


Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Violin Soloists

Mar 23, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio / White Ash Broadcasting

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature three talented violin soloists who are all part of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno program. We'll hear performances by: 

Aidan Coleman, 13, violin: Gigue from Veracini Sonata in D Minor 

Emilea Okayasu, 12, violin, Beriot concerto, first movement

Benjamin Pegram, 12, violin: Saint-Saens concerto, first movement

Young Artists Spotlight: Phillip Teng

Mar 16, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature University High School (Fresno) student Phillip Teng. A student of piano instructor Carol Oaks. A gifted pianist Phillip says he hopes to pursue a career in bio-medicine. During his live performance on FM89, he played music by Bach, Chopin and Muczynski. 

Young Artists Spotlight: Lindsay Guitars 2016

Mar 10, 2016
Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

A group of 15 guitarists paid a visit to Young Artist Spotlight this week. The Lindsay High School Guitars, directed by Nancy Wills, is a top-notch group of high school musicians that perform around the region. The group is made up of beginning, intermediate and advanced guitarists. 


Bakersfield Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight

Mar 2, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week we feature three soloists from the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing live in the Bonner Performing Arts Studio. This week features harpist Dana Peck performing a piece by Handel; Garces High senior Johann Palo performing a piece by Stravinsky for solo clarinet; and Stockdale High freshman pianist Isaac Kim performing works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

 Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature two piano soloists from Bakersfield's Warren Junior High School, Anjolie Doan and Anna Jian. Both are students of piano instructor Bonnie Bogle Farrer.