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Dakota Valley Symphony Announces Winner of 2015 Young Artists Competition

The Dakota Valley Symphony is pleased to announce the winner of our 2015 Young Artist Competition.  We would like to congratulate pianist Jonathan Mattson who will perform with the symphony on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ames Center in Burnsville


Jonathan Mattson, 18, began studying the piano when he was eight years old, and started to develop an affinity for it three years later when he began studying classical repertoire. Jonathan loves playing the piano, because through it he can, "express himself and things far beyond himself in the profound style of classical music, communicating with the audience, imparting joy, beauty, satisfaction, and insight." He says that as a pianist, "I must take on the role of poet, storyteller, athlete, and vessel.”

Jonathan currently studies piano with Dr. Paul Wirth through The Wirth Center for the Performing Arts. Some of his many accomplishments include: Second Prize in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, First Prize in the Rochester Music Guild Scholarship Competition, First Prize in the Bunny Just Piano Competition, Second Prize in the Thursday Musical Competition, First Prize in the Clements Scholarship Competition, and being selected as one of nine finalists in The David D. Dubois International Piano Competition. Jonathan has performed with orchestras including The Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and Southeast Minnesota Youth Orchestra. He has participated in the Young Artist World Piano Festival for the past three years, and has been a frequent participant in The Young Musicians of Southeast Minnesota Recital Series, in addition to giving solo concerts at The Charter’s House’s Edwards Hall in Rochester Minnesota. Jonathan has also been featured in Minnesota Public Radio’s Minnesota Varsity, and is an active member of The Penrose Piano Trio. In his spare time Jonathan enjoys reading, writing, good food, and downhill skiing.

Tickets for the April 26, 2015 concert range from $5 to $20 and can be purchased at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center or 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.