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Every year the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble offers local high school students a chance to showcase their talents on band instruments.  The Luther R Hoffman/Georgine E. Salisbury Young Artist Award features a competition with each student playing a chosen solo with accompaniment.  From the first open group of students, first and second place winners are chosen.  These students then have the chance to play their solo with the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble or with their own piano accompaniment. A certificate and monetary honorarium is presented to them at the April Young Artist Concert after their performances.  

The Luther R Hoffman/Georgine E. Salisbury Young Artist Award begins with an audition on (TBA), with students playing a chosen solo (with piano accompaniment, if they choose).  Following the audition process, a first place and a runner-up Young Artist is chosen by a group of selected judges.  Both Young Artists will perform at the annual Young Artist Award Concert.  They may perform as a  solo performer with piano accompaniment, or, if they choose, they may perform with the concert band as their “accompaniment”.

Young Artist Application

The candidate can be any wind or percussion* student who is an active member of a high school band in Allegany, Livingston, or Steuben County.

*( It is not the intent of this award to include the piano or Strings as the solo instrument.)

**Deadline for application is Tuesday, January 23, 2024 **

    Luther R Hoffman 

     In 2002, Luther retired  from playing and conducting HAWE - much to the regret of the ensemble.  In his honor, the Young Artist Award was renamed The Luther R. Hoffman Young Artist Award.  It continues to this day, benefiting our local, talented high school band students.  Besides a certificate of achievement and a monetary reward for second and first place, the award winning young artists are honored with a solo performance, with full ensemble or piano accompaniment, at our Young Artist Concert.  



Georgine E. Salisbury

     Georgine was well-known in the music circles.  She enjoyed listening, singing, and playing music. She was an accomplished pianist and organist.  Music became an intricate part of her life early on. Georgine, her sister, and cousin formed the Shepard's Trio in their early teens. They played and sang at area churches around Oneonta, NY.  She and her husband, Ken, met in band at Oneonta High School.  Georgine played the clarinet and Ken played the sax. They were married in 1955. After that they moved to Campbell, NY.

     Georgine joined the Corning Philharmonic Chorus.  She also taught piano lessons and played for many weddings and memorial services in the area. She was the organist at the Campbell United Methodist Church for over 50 years.

For the last 20 years, she and Ken shared their love of music by traveling to various music events near and far. Georgine became the ultimate roadie by planning and organizing all their music trips. She thoroughly enjoyed not only the music but the precious fellowship with the musicians, families and friends.  When asked how a concert was, she would smile and say "wonderful".  After a particularly excellent performance she would make a fist, raise her arm, and let out a resounding "YES"I

     Georgine was a member of the Association of Concert Bands and Windjammers Unlimited. Music was a very important part of her life that she joyously shared with family and friends and would be so happy to "play it forward" to future generations.

The Hornell Area Wind Ensemble is grateful for the continued financial support of Georgine's family and friends to our annual Young Artist Award Concert.

2023 Winner - Julian Harris Petrillo

Julian Harris Petrillo has played trumpet for Alfred-Almond

Central School’s bands since fourth grade. Having worked with his inspiring music director, Christina Rawady, for 4 years, he is currently a senior, principal trumpet for the Senior High Band, and lead trumpet for the Jazz Band. Invited to audition for National All Honors

Ensemble, Julian was selected as alternate in New York

All-State Band, and has played in All County and Area All State bands every year he was



Julian was a captain and record-breaking swimmer for

Alfred-Almond’s varsity swim team, which won the

Sectional Championship this year. He serves as president of Alfred-Almond’s math club, and placed first in Alfred University’s Nevin’s Competition in the fall of 2022. He

also currently competes for A-A’s Academic All-Stars, which hopes to secure a championship victory this spring.


An active 3-D print designer and computer coder, Julian will attend Carnegie Mellon School of Engineering this fall, where he will major in mechanical engineering, and

continue to play trumpet at the University. He thanks the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble for the honor of playing with them.

2023 Runner Up - Noah Joslyn

Noah Joslyn is a Junior at

Wellsville Central Schools. Noah  performed the Paul Creston Sonata Opus. 19 on Alto Saxophone with accompaniment by Mrs. Judy Belin.  Noah has played the

saxophone since 4th grade (8 years) and currently taking alto saxophone lessons with Dr. Suzano whom

resides in Wellsville. In addition to alto saxophone, Noah also takes piano lessons with Mrs. Belin. 

Noah’s extra-curricular activities include Cross-County Track, the lead role in the school’s Fall Play,  Varsity Track and Field,

International Club, and Marching Band, recently inducted into the National Honor Society- all while maintaining High Honor Roll

2019 Winner - Emily Willgens

Emily Willgens is a Junior at Fillmore Central School.  She has studied Euphonium under her Band Director Jessica Chapman for six years, and has also worked with Dr. Ken Crane,  Elementary/Middle School Band Director at Portville Central School.  Emily was the Principal Euphonium Player for the 2018 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All-State Symphonic Band this past December.  Other accomplishments outside of being this year's HAWE Young Artist Award Winner include winning the Allegany County School Music Association (ACSMA) Senior High Scholarship in 2018 and the ACSMA Junior High Scholarship in 2016.  Emily placed third in the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble Young Artist Award Competition in 2018.  She aspires to become a Music Therapist, and has been working hard this year to prepare for this scholarship opportunity.  Emily is also preparing for auditions for the 2019 National Association for Music Education's National Honors Ensembles, the 2019 NYSSMA Conference All-State Ensembles, and also for quickly approaching college auditions!

2019 Runner Up - Josue Escriban

Josue Escriban is a Sophomore at Fillmore Central School.  He and his family came to the United States from Venezuela in 2017.  He has studied the Oboe with his Band Director Jessica Chapman for two years, and studied under various teachers for two years in Venezuela.  He also takes lessons from Mona Lungerhausen, Middle School Band Director at Salamanca City School District.  Josue's recent accomplishments include being the runner up for this year's 2019 HAWE Young Artist Award, and also being the winner for the 2019 ACSMA Senior High Scholarship.  Josue aspires to go to music school and be a professional oboist.  He is currently working very hard to prepare for his first NYSSMA Conference All-State audition

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