MERIDIAN - The Meridian Symphony Orchestra rehearsed for the first time Monday night, with its two newest performers.

Fourteen-year-old piano classical phenom Noah Jesse and 17-year-old classical violinist phenom Jacquelyn Audis, both won their respective divisions in the annual Young Artists Competition.

The reward is a feature performance with the Meridian Symphony in their annual Rising Stars spring concert.

The chance to play with a fine orchestra is something many young players never get a chance to do, sometimes though their college career they don't have that opportunity. So this is really, not only a great opportunity for them but a testament of how great they are this early in their career, said Meridian Symphony Artistic Director Jim Ogle.

It's been like a dream for me. I actually made a bunch of goals I want to accomplish about a year ago, and this was one of them. And I saw it as pretty unrealistic, but here I am. said Noah.

Noah attends the Fresco Arts Academy in Eagle, and Jacquelyn is a junior at Boise High School in Boise.

Both will be featured on April 27 at Centennial High during the Meridian Symphony performance at 7:30 p.m.

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