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Harris Music Contest at the Paramount

  • Historic Paramount Theatre 125 4th Avenue Northeast Austin, MN, 55912 United States (map)

Harris Music Contest

The 2018 Music Contest will be held on Saturday, March 3.  Registration will open December 18.

Public welcome for free concert by contestants at 4 p.m.

In 2012 the Harris Piano Competition was created as a way to further music appreciation and education for area youth. The Competition is named after MarySue Hormel Harris who, through a trust, provides funds for the Hormel Historic Home to be able to offer music programs to the community.  Mrs. Harris is the granddaughter of Ben F. Hormel who was George's youngest brother.  

Special guest for the events have included MarySue Hormel Harris, Dr. Andrew Hisey of the University of St. Thomas, and Mory Ortman, a professional musician from New York and Peggy Reich, concert pianist. These guests have shared their career paths and offered suggestions on how young musicians can pursue a life of music both professionally and recreationally.

2017 Contest Winners

Melodic Instrument Honorees

 John Lukes (Marimba), Junior Champion
Micha Weber (Flute), Junior Runner-Up
Chloe Schmitt (Flute) & Henry Jacobs (Violin), Honorable Mention
Arn Huizinga (Trombone), Senior Champion
Charles Kanne (Violin), Senior Runner-Up
Emma Anderson (Violin) & Wayde Hall (Tuba), Honorable Mention
List of Piano Honorees
Gabby Wang, Beginner Champion
Claire Pepper, Beginner Runner-Up
Breeley Galle & Caleb Augustine, Beginner Honorable Mention
Andrew Keenan, Intermediate Champion
Blake Zimmerli, Intermediate Runner-Up
Seanna Kubas & Olivia Augustine, Intermediate Honorable Mention
John LukesJunior Champion
Katie Lillemon, Junior Runner-Up
Whitney Walkup & Winston Walkup, Junior Honorable Mention
Ashley Conradt, Senior Champion
Isaac Kubas, Senior Runner-Up
Tedd Lund & Sarah Bachmeier, Senior Honorable

Please contact Holly at 507-433-4243 or if you have questions.