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Brandon Foster, a student at Liberty High School, was recently awarded second place in the Advanced Viola category of the Washington Performing Arts Society's 44th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition.

The Washington Performing Arts Society has a three-part mission of offering the best in live performance, developing young artists, and providing powerful arts education programs throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region.

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The competition is open to elementary through high school-age string students in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Students compete against others in their respective instrument categories — violin, viola or cello — in four sub-categories based on performance level — beginner, aspiring, intermediate and advanced - for monetary awards.

As a second-place winner, Brandon receives a $275 cash prize as well as a $1,500 scholarship award to use toward summer study for demonstrating high performance potential.

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