Concert Benefits Salem Youth Symphony Association

Pianist Phil Taylor '11 and violinist Sean O'Neal will present a benefit concert for the Salem Youth Symphony Association Saturday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University. The concert is free, but donations are welcome.

The concert will feature works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich. The Salem Youth Symphony Association is a nonprofit organization that offers musical experiences to young musicians from Salem, Keizer and the surrounding communities, with weekly rehearsals and performances.

Taylor is a music composition major at Willamette who was recently awarded a BMI Student Composer Award, one of the most coveted and prestigious awards for young composers in the Western Hemisphere. He was one of nine people nationwide to be honored. Read more about his award.

O'Neal is a violin performance major at the University of Oregon. In 2007 O'Neal was the winner of the Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and placed fourth in Oregon at the State Solo and Ensemble Competition.

For concert information contact Phil Taylor at (503) 302-4349 or