Hasting Symphony Announces Winner

The Hastings Symphony Orchestra  2023-24 Young Artists Competition Winner is Dylan Shaw. Dylan will be performing with the Hastings Symphony Orchestra this Sunday, February 25, at S98: Legacies & New Beginnings featuring Dylan Shaw! Tickets are available online at hastingssymphony.com and at the door. Students of all ages are free.

Dylan Shaw is a second-year music education major at Hastings College, hailing from Colorado Springs, CO. He will perform Concerto for Alto saxophone and string orchestra by Pierre Max Dubois. Concert sponsors include Bryant Books & Music and season sponsors Quality 1st Hail & Dent, Tom Dinsdale Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and the Nebraska Arts Council!

More about DYLAN SHAW
Dylan Shaw is a second-year music education major at Hastings College, hailing from Colorado Springs, CO. Growing up in Colorado, Dylan had the chance to explore various opportunities, but a passion for music and performance always stood out. Beginning Taekwondo at six, Dylan engaged in diverse activities within the martial arts, with a particular fondness for showcasing skills and learning impressive tricks. At around nine years old, Dylan joined the demonstration team, sparking a deep love for performing.

Simultaneously, Dylan had the opportunity to join the school's band or orchestra. Initially starting with the cello in the orchestra, the enjoyment was accompanied by the challenge of maneuvering an instrument almost the same size as himself. Seeking a change, Dylan transitioned to the school's band, developing an interest in the alto saxophone. A profound love for music and the saxophone emerged from the first note he played, shaping Dylan's musical journey.

Over the last 10 years, Dylan's passion for music and playing the saxophone has only intensified. Dylan participated in several honor bands during high school, including the Adams State Honor Band in Alamosa, CO, Open Space at Hastings College, and the Colorado Springs All-City Band. After high school, Dylan decided to pursue Music Education at Hastings College, further nurturing his musical journey.

After graduating from Hastings College, Dylan plans to move back to Colorado Springs to pursue a career in teaching secondary instrumental music. Dylan also aspires to obtain a master's degree in educational leadership and administration. His ultimate goal is to become a principal, all while continuing to perform on the side. With numerous dreams, only time will reveal where Dylan ends up in the future.


Since 1925, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has culturally enriched south central Nebraska by providing quality, live music and music education for people of all ages and backgrounds. In the process, as one of the longest-running non-professional orchestras in the country, the HSO has provided playing opportunities to countless musicians across 97 seasons. 

One of the HSO’s most unique qualities is the orchestra itself. Unlike other orchestras, which often silo musicians by proficiency, the HSO is made up of classically-trained musicians that include students, amateurs, and professionals, which provides unique learning and mentorship opportunities to every participant.

In addition to providing playing opportunities to student musicians, every season the HSO performs at public schools for free. The HSO conductor and musicians visit local and regional schools to expose children to classical music and the instruments and musicians that make it, hoping to inspire them to play music and to become lifelong music lovers. To continue this commitment to music education, child and student concert tickets are always free.