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 Young Artists Spotlight we feature the guitars of Central High School. This talented group of mostly 10th graders is led by instruction Brian Garcia. The students brought us their interpretations of classical and flamenco pieces. Garcia writes the following about his group, which is now in its third year:

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature the talented students of Tulare County. All of the soloists on today's program come to us from the Tulare County Youth Symphony. We hear flute, piano, cello and violin soloists, as well as a flute duo on this broadcast. 

Today's performers:

Anindita Rajasekaran - flute solo

Kiley Greenwood - cello solo

Lana Bidi - piano solo

Ginelle Sunio - violin solo

Ashley Linder & Michaela Almberg - flute duo

Young Artists Spotlight: Keegan Bamford & Emma Hill

Feb 3, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

To begin the 2016 edition of Young Artists Spotlight, we celebrate the majesty of the cello with two talented young musicians. Both Keegan Bamford and Emma Hill are students of Fresno State professor Dr. Thomas Lowenheim and are members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Keegan attends Fresno's University High School, while Emma is studying at Clovis West. They both perform on FM89 with pianist Hatem Nadim.

Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation, Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis. 

Young Artists Spotlight: Lindsay Guitars 2015

Apr 29, 2015
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week we close the 2015 season of Young Artists Spotlight with a performance from the Lindsay Guitars of Lindsay High School in Tulare County. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear performances by Sandro Lado and Tiffanie Trujillo, with their accompanist Dr. Alan Rea. Sandro and Tiffanie were two of the total 11 award winners in this year’s Fresno Musical Club competition. Sandro completed his Master’s degree in Violin Performance at Sacramento State University and has his eye on entrance into a doctoral program — Temple University as first choice. Tiffany graduated early from high school and is now a junior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in Vocal Performance and studying with Dr. Anthony Radford.

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Ensembles Part 3

Apr 16, 2015

This week on FM89's  Young Artists Spotlight we hear more performances from groups associated with the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. As a saxophone quartet, Bach ensemble and trombone choir, Youth Orchestras of Fresno musicians this time included Juliet Fang, her brother Jesse Fang, Larry Zhao and his brother Luke Zhao, Camden Oltjenbruns, Logan Howell, Trevor Van de Velde, Josh Clarin, Ethan Santos, Kabir Khera, Michael Neufeld, Larry Shin and Conner Sanchez.

Samuel Lang on Young Artsits Spotlight 2015

Apr 8, 2015
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance by Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight a performance from five talented soloists from Tulare County.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance by Bakersfield pianist Kelsey Jian. Kelsey Kelsey Jian was born in Lawrence Kansas. She moved to California with her family when she was eleven years old. She has two sisters. Her older sister Stephanie, who is currently studying Optometry at Berkeley, is a phenomenal pianist. Her younger sister Anna is also a talented pianist. Kelsey started taking piano lessons at the age of five and was told that she had perfect pitch.

Visalia Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight - 2015

Mar 12, 2015

This edition of Young Artists Spotlight was pleased to feature musicians from Visalia. And it was mostly a family affair. The group for this live broadcast included 13-year-old twin brothers Trent Andrews, violin, and Marcus Andrews, French horn. Each was accompanied by Brian Johnson.

Then we had 12-year-old Logan Wells, trumpet, and his 10-year-old sister, Bethany Wells, two years into her French horn lessons. The siblings were accompanied by their proud mother, Carrie Wells.

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