Nine musicians from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s (SDYS) advanced ensembles recently competed in the prestigious Ovation Concerto Competition at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. “These annual concerto competitions present the chance for SDYS’s most advanced students to showcase their talent in an intensive and collaborative soloist competition,” says Jeff Edmons, SDYS Music Director. Carlsbad High School senior Ashley Wang, currently assistant principal flute and piccoloist in SDYS, achieved third place in the Ovation Concerto Competition on piccolo. “It is an honor to spend another memorable year with SDYS both in the ovation groups and in this concerto competition,” she stated. This is Ashley’s sixth year with SDYS. She started her musical journey learning flute at age 10 and since then, her hard work has been rewarded with extensive honors and competition titles. Last year she won the wind orchestra concerto competition on flute and was a finalist in the symphony orchestra concerto competition. Among her many other awards, Ashley also participated in the All American High School Honors performance series at Carnegie Hall. The Concerto Competition Awards are sponsored by Pat Baker and Larry Norquist.