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Every year the HAWE 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 HAWE or with their own piano accompaniment. A certificate and monetary honorarium is presented to them at the April Young Artist Concert after their performances.  

Young Artist Application

The Luther R Hoffman/Georgine E. Salisbury Young Artist Award begins with an audition on Sunday 1/29/2023, 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”.

  • The candidate can be any wind or percussion* students 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 24th, 2023**

    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.  This year as usual, the top two winners will receive a cash award and the opportunity to play their solos with the ensemble at our April 4th, 2020 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 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.

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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