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Young Artists Competition

The Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus is seeking young musicians to compete in the 2015 Young Artists Concerto and Aria Competition. Students of orchestral instruments or voice in grades 7 - 12 are invited to audition. Winner(s) will be granted the opportunity to perform with the Dakota Valley Symphony as part of our Sunday, April 26, 2015 concert as well as our Children's concert on Monday, April 27, 2015, both at the Ames Center.

Auditions will be held Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Schmitt Music Center in Edina. Full application information including approved repertoire list, details of audition, and requirements for participation can be obtained by clicking here. All application materials must be received or postmarked no later than December 15, 2014. For any additional questions, please contact Sarah Jacobs, DVS Operations manager, at


Choral Director
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Paul Wigley as the director of the Dakota Valley Symphony Chorus. Paul’s enthusiasm for choral music is well-known to many our audiences who have rejoiced in our collaborations with his choirs over the past ten years.

Paul holds a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters of Music, music education with choral emphasis from the University of Northern Iowa. Paul recently retired from teaching choral music, advanced placement music theory, and class guitar at Lakeville (MN) North High School.

Under the direction of Mr. Wigley, the Lakeville North High School Chorale toured extensively in Europe, with tours including Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, and France. With 34 years of shaping young minds to the importance of music, Paul has built extensive repertoire from early music, to standard choral repertoire, to barbershop and jazz. Many of his former students have gone off to be professional musicians in their own right and some of his former students may very well join us.

Please join us in welcoming Paul to our artistic staff.