The Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition featured pianos this year and attracted bright young musicians from around the U.S. 

Esther Liao, a high school senior from Houston, Texas, captured first place at the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition's final round held Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Huntingdon College in Montgomery.

Liao won $10,000 and she will perform with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra on April 27th!

Hillary Respass and Grace Kennerly of Boston University's Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) visited Montgomery, Alabama for the upcoming summer session auditions. The representatives auditioned young musicians from the Montgomery Youth Orchestra, Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition and also met with Alabama Friends of BUTI during the trip. For further information on Tanglewood Institute for students and visitors, please visit http://www.bu.edu/cfa/tanglewood/.