The University of Houston’s Classical Minds festival featured two youth competitions that included young players from around the United States and beyond. We are pleased to announce that two Austin/Round Rock students of Kevin Taylor received top awards at that festival. Aytahn Benavi (12) won 1st in the Jr. competition performing Giuliani’s Op.15 2nd mvmnt. and ”Tango de Lejos” in a perfect performance. Avi Medina (17) was awarded 2nd place for her spellbinding set of ”Lament” by Mark Cruz, ”Fantasie VII” by Dowland, ”Usher Waltz” by Nikita Koshkin and ”Maria” by Tarrega. All the players were at an extraordinary high level and we congratulate our young artists for their work and beautiful efforts.