Young singers hit high notes for competition

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Four young artists raised their voices to win a guest spot with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

Each singer had two songs to impress the judges as well as an audience of about 50 people.

"One person likes your voice, loves the timbre of your voice, loves what you do when you're acting," said competitor and winner Christie Hegaman. "Another person might have a complete opposite opinion. You really just have to trust what you do yourself."

The four final artists were chosen from 50 online submissions to perform and compete live.

The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra holds the annual competition to keep the music industry growing in years to come.

The competition traditionally involves instrumentalists, but the symphony chose to feature singers this year.

"Younger people are going to be the people performing in the orchestra, singing the songs that we hear in the future," said Jeremy Hergistad, marketing director for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. "So this is a good stepping stone for young artists."

Hageman won first place with her Italian and German opera pieces. Abigail Levis was named runner up.

The Denver native will be a guest artist here in the Grand Valley for the 2014-2015 season.

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