Pictured:  Nicole Campos, winner of NVSO’s 2018 Summerford Violin Concerto Competition.
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Local youth wins handmade violin valued over $5,000 from NVSO


ANTHEM – Anthem resident, Nicole Campos, was recently announced as the winner of a brand new handmade violin, valued at over $5,000, after competing in North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s (NVSO) annual Summerford Violin Concerto Competition. 

Nicole will perform the first movement of Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, at the March 3rd NVSO concert, playing her new violin.  She is currently the concertmaster for the North Valley Youth Orchestra and plays in the first violin section of the adult orchestra.

“What excites me most about [being awarded this violin] is bringing pride to everyone who has ever supported me in my musical studies,” says Campos. “Without the time, knowledge, devotion, and encouragement of many of my friends, family members, and teachers, I would not be the musician and person that I am today.”

Nicole has been studying music theory since the age of 4 while attending the Arizona Study Program, and she will complete her final year (grade 12) of the program next April. She also is the concertmaster of the BASIS Phoenix Upper School Orchestra and is co-president of the BASIS Phoenix chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society.

This year’s competition was held on January 20.  Last year’s winner, Jonathan Green, also competed and scored the highest in the competition again this year but was not eligible to win the Summerford violin prize two years in a row. With a very close second-place score, Nicole was awarded the 2018 violin prize.

The application process for the competition consisted of composing answers to five essay questions, obtaining a letter of recommendation from outside the NVSO organization, and auditioning in front of a panel of judges.  Applicants must also be members of North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Symphonettes, Youth Strings, or Youth Orchestra.

The violin is donated every year by local luthier, Jody Summerford, who recognizes the work that the NVSO artistic staff is doing to nurture and develop young musicians in the Phoenix community. Mr. Summerford was nominated by the AZ Citizens for the Arts for a Governors Award recognizing his philanthropic work for NVSO in 2017.

Plan to hear Nicole play her brand-new violin at NVSO’s “Concertos and More” concert, Saturday, March 3rd, 7:00 p.m. at North Canyon H.S. Performing Arts Auditorium at 1700 E. Union Hills Road.

NVSO wishes to invite young string players to join its Symphonettes, Youth Strings or Youth Orchestra for the 2018-19 concert season.  Auditions will be May 20, and June 2-3. For more information visit, northvalleysymphony.org.