Four winners of Astral Artists’ 2022 national competition: bassoon, accordion, two sopranos

Posted on: June 21, 2022

Astral Artists, a nonprofit mentoring program specializing in developing early careers of classical musicians, has announced four winners of its 2022 National Competition. They are: Iwo Jedynecki, classical accordion; Andy Sledge, bassoon; and sopranos Sage DeAgro-Ruopp and Kayla Harriott. Each musician will perform at Astral’s Showcase Concert in mid-October 2022 in Philadelphia and join Astral’s career development program with the start of the 2022-23 season. This year, Astral auditioned voice, small chamber ensembles, woodwinds, brass, and percussion candidates for placement in its program of approximately 25 musicians. A three-round process included live auditions in Philadelphia before an independent panel of musicians, managers, conductors, and presenters from across the U.S., and a final interview round. Competition winners receive customized career mentorship, a portfolio of promotion assets, innovative performance opportunities, community engagement opportunities, artistic exploration, and networking with professionals in the field. Dan Visconti is Astral’s artistic director; Lourdes Starr-Demers is president and CEO. For more information, visit