Ruth Lenz and Dustin play beautiful music together, there's no doubt about that. They are both world class musicians, they both are principals in both the Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic. And they are both past winners of the Reno Chamber Orchestra's College Concerto Competition.
"You grow up knowing people play concertos but how do you get the chance to practice or to see what's involved?" says Dustin. "I mean really I only know of a handful of regional orchestras that hold such a competition. And the cash is nice, but really the experience of getting up and playing a solo like that and the learning experience you get is what's so valuable."
"I was the kind of student who needed to be pushed," Ruth Lenz says. "It was good for me to be pitted against other players. It made me work hard."
The competition is intense and the payoffs are in cash and in the opportunity to play with the Reno Chamber Orchestra.
"There are a lot of successful careers we like to think we helped launch and continue to encourage," says Scott Faulkner, Executive Director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra.
That competition is November 25th at UNR and it's free.