Brook Speltz, a former La Cañada resident, 2005 La Cañada High School graduate and current student at The Julliard School in New York, was looking to get some exposure when he entered an instrumental music competition with the Houston Symphony.
He got exposure, alright. He won first place in the national competition, which hosted its semifinal and final rounds at Rice University in Texas on June 2 and 4.
From the very beginning of the competition, Speltz felt he was going to win the contest.
“Any competition you do, you have to go in there thinking you're going to win, that's really the best way,” said Speltz, a 24-year old cello player who won $5,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Houston to play with the Houston Symphony on July 19.