WINTHROP — Violist Sarah Smith of Whitefield has been named winner of the Maine String Teachers and Players Association concerto competition.

As winner of the competition, Smith received the opportunity to perform as a soloist at the Southern Maine String Camp at the YMCA Camp of Maine in Winthrop. She performed Rhapsodie from Suite Hébraïque by Ernest Bloch, accompanied by pianist Chiharu Naruse.

Smith is a senior at Cony High School, where she is an honor student and plays soccer, indoor track, and spring track. She started playing violin when she was 5 and viola at age 12. She is a member of Pineland Suzuki School’s advanced string ensemble Capital Strings, has played in Maine’s All State Orchestra for three years — as principal violist for the past two — and performed with the All Eastern Orchestra in Hartford, Conn., in 2012. As a junior in high school, she played viola with the Colby College Orchestra. In October she will participate in the National Honors Orchestra in Nashville, Tenn. Her current teacher is Julia Adams of the Portland String Quartet. She hopes to study music performance in college.

In addition to the performance opportunity, Smith received a cash prize.