Alison Lui, a junior at Darien High School, is a $500 second-prize winner in the 2014 Emerging Young Artist scholarship program sponsoerd by Stamford's Palace Theatre.

This year, the judges were David Friedman, conductor of the Disney movies "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin"; Paul McKibbins, composer and Broadway publisher; and John Yoon, award-winning educator from Greenwich High School.

Lui, a pianist and violist, has been studying music for 11 years.

"I really enjoy playing and writing music, and it has really encouraged me that judges of this caliber enjoyed my work," she said. "I feel so inspired to continue pursuing composition, and I am so grateful for this opportunity."

Liu is the assistant principal violist of the Norwalk Youth Symphony's Principal Orchestra and the principal violist with the DHS Pops Chamber Ensemble.

"We had an extraordinary crop of gifted musicians who participated in the audition process this year," B.T. McNicholl, the palace's producing artistic director, said. "Our adjudicators, all professionals of the highest caliber, were thoroughly impressed and happily surprised to find such an abundance of young talent."