Colburn Students Receive 2021 Spotlight Awards

[Updated: 4/30/21]

This year, 25 students and alumni from the Community School, Music Academy, and Trudl Zipper Dance Institute were selected as semifinalists and Grand Prize finalists in the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards. Of the 112 semifinalists selected in 2021, over 20% attend or have attended Colburn. Following two rounds of virtual auditions, semifinalists attend a master class before the next round of auditions and the announcement of the Grand Prize finalists.

Grand Prize finalists will participate in the Spotlight Grand Finale on May, 22, 2021 at 7 pm PT hosted by Spotlight alum and pop recording icon Josh Groban. Colburn Grand Prize finalists in the classical instrumental category also receive a prize, funded by Jerry and Terri Kohl, of $2,500, which supports their continued educational and artistic development.

In addition to accepting over $100,000 in cash awards, Spotlight participants are also able to participate in master classes, get personalized feedback from distinguished judges, gain audition experience and coaching, and more. More than a competition, Spotlight is a scholarship and arts training program that emphasizes preparation, courage, critical thinking, and perseverance for students. Notable Spotlight alumni include Emmy award-winning composer and Community School alumnus Kris Bowers, Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez, and American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer Misty Copeland.

Congratulations to these students on this tremendous accomplishment.

Acting Finalist

Hannah Nordberg

Acting Semifinalist

Jessie Franks
Lauren Gmelich *‡

Classical Instrumental Finalist

Fengyang (William) Ju ^

Classical Instrumental Semifinalist

Anaïs Feller ^
Mei Hotta
Eunice Lee
Allison Park *†
Daniel Wang
Cole Turkel
Hina Tamaki §

Classical Voice Semifinalist

Tess Alexander *

Jazz Instrumental Finalist

Santiago Lopez §
JJ Lybbert §

Jazz Instrumental Semifinalist

Elder Gindroz *
Declan Houlihan *
David Lee *
Gianna Pedregon *
Jack Lieberman *
Max Nguyen *
William Schwartzman *
Jacob Speth *
Lucas Sterling *
Kai Suzuki *
Joshua Wong *

* Community School of Performing Arts student
§ Community School of Performing Arts alumni
^ Music Academy student
† Music Academy alumnus
‡ Trudl Zipper Dance Institute alumni

Colburn Students Receive 2021 YoungArts Awards

The National YoungArts Foundation included 13 Colburn School students and alumni among those honored for their outstanding work in the performing arts. The 2021 YoungArts winners receive support for their blossoming careers, including cash awards of up to $10,000, validation and guidance by renowned mentors, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs, and a strong professional network.

Each year, the foundation recognizes young artists from across the country in the areas of literary, visual, design, and performing arts. Thousands of young artists aged 15–18 applied, and the foundation selected 659 as finalists, honorable mentions, and merit winners. Finalists are eligible to become US Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and get to participate in this year’s virtual National YoungArts Week + streaming January 25–30. From January 3–9, the finalists participate in online classes and workshops, concluding with the development and recording of their work for the virtual event, which is open to the public for free.

Congratulations to these students and alumni on this outstanding achievement.

Finalist

Classical Music

Allison Park, Viola*†
Joseph Karz, Composition*

Voice

Oliviana Marie Halus-Griep, Singer-songwriter*

Jazz

Kai Burns, Guitar*
Gianna Pedregon, Violin*
 

Merit

Classical Music

Noah Jung, Clarinet^
Kevin Miura, Violin^§

Jazz

Elijah Alexander, Composition*
Kai Burns, Composition*
Cody Nakatsukasa, Double Bass*
William Schwartzman, Piano*
Joshua Wong, Composition*
Adam Zilberman, Saxophone*
 

Honorable Mention

Classical Music

Apsara Kasiraman, Composition*

Jazz

Brenda Greggio, Composition*

* Community School of Performing Arts student
§ Community School of Performing Arts alumni
^ Music Academy student
† Music Academy alumni

Colburn Responds to COVID-19 with Online Instruction and Student Support

This past month, the Colburn community transitioned from attending lessons, eagerly rehearsing for upcoming performances, and anticipating the rest of the spring semester to sheltering in place and navigating arts education online. Our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly so that students across all areas of the School can stay connected to the performing arts and continue training through virtual instruction, coaching, and . We are striving to make sure we can all turn to the performing arts as a source of comfort in this time of uncertainty.

Our goal is for Colburn’s vibrant community to remain safe, connected, and engaged, so we have taken a number of actions to establish remote learning. Faculty in the Community School, Conservatory, Music Academy, and Trudl Zipper Dance Institute have developed online curriculums to ensure that students will be provided with an uninterrupted learning experience. Students are able to attend private lessons, group lessons, and lectures virtually and stay in touch with their peers and faculty. All students in degree-granting programs will stay on track and graduating seniors will be able to earn their degrees.

Learn more about our transition to online learning.

In particular, faculty in the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute have developed an extensive real-time interactive curriculum, with technology that allows them to teach and provide feedback to students as if they were physically in class. Our Jumpstart programs in the Community School, taught primarily by our Gluck Teaching Fellows in the Conservatory, will also be able to resume later in April by connecting the Conservatory teaching fellows virtually with Jumpstart students in their homes.

In addition to the shift to online instruction, another focus was ensuring that all residential students who had to move out of Colburn’s dormitories were housed and supported. Staff helped to relocate each student to a friend or relative’s house. Conservatory, Music Academy, and Dance Academy students were provided with over $45,000 of meal, travel, and housing stipends. Conservatory pianists, percussionists, and harpists who are away from their instruments were also matched with private instruments in homes in Los Angeles, rental studios, and other creative practice options so they can continue their training uninterrupted.

Read more on student hosting.

We remain committed to supporting our students, faculty, and staff throughout this period. Now more than ever, we rely on the arts to stay connected as a community. We are grateful to have the support of you, our community members, as we traverse these unprecedented times, and look forward to having you back on campus.

Fall Highlights from the 2019–20 Season

Since performances and classes began just a few short months ago, Colburn has been alive with activity. The School celebrated Beethoven’s birthday early with a weeklong festival, welcomed renowned guest artists to work alongside students, presented performances that garnered rave reviews, and applauded the impressive accomplishments of students in all units.

Inspired by the LA Times recap of the top classical music stories from 2019, we’ve assembled some of our favorite Colburn stories from the season so far:
 

Musical America names Conservatory violinist Hao Zhou New Artist of the Month

Hao Zhou “Even apart from the frisson of the competition circuit, it’s clear that Zhou has the goods essential for his demanding field: virtuoso technique, musical intelligence, style, and personality. And he commands the discipline to pursue his goals.”
Read the full story
 

The LA Times runs a rave review for the Colburn Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts the Colburn Orchestra “You can easily tell Colburn is a student orchestra by the players’ youth. You can’t tell so easily if you close your eyes. Salonen sought out, and got, myriad Wagnerian sound worlds. Those peculiar Wagnerian tubas tell you about strangeness as much as Stravinsky’s music did.”
Read the full story
 

The Calidore String Quartet performs Beethoven string quartet cycle as part of Beethoven 250

Calidore String Quartet “This quartet, formed by students at Colburn nine years ago and now taking the world by storm, is astonishing. Its performances of two of late Beethoven quartets Wednesday, some of the most utterly profound chamber music in existence, were shockingly deep. I’ve never heard a quartet so young get so inside this ultimately inscrutable music.”
Read the full story
 

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason visit Colburn for a concert and master classes with students from across the School

Sheku Kanneh-Mason leads a cello master class “Kanneh-Mason and his sister hope to provide some inspiration themselves while in Los Angeles. On Monday Sheku gave a master class at Colburn, and Isata held a Q&A with the conservatory’s students. Kardan suspects those budding musicians will treat them as rock stars. But if the students are hoping for Buckingham Palace gossip, they’re likely to be disappointed.”
Read the full story
 

New York City Ballet principal Lauren Lovette works with Dance Academy students before See the Music, Hear the Dance

Lauren Lovette in Grand Rehearsal Hall “Every now and again I have the opportunity to work with ballet students, and in doing so come across a child with unusual maturity and work ethic, or a teacher with an uncommon gift for unlocking a student’s idea of their own possibility… what a gift it is to be here @colburnschool witnessing teachers who are helping connect the inner power of young adults with their physical bodies…”
Read the full post
 

Jazmín Morales named one of Musical America‘s Top 30 Professionals of the Year

Jazmín Morales“Jazmín Morales sees being a “cultural translator” as part of her job as manager of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact… ‘I learned how to navigate in both the worlds of Western classical music and Mexican folk music. Now I find myself moving between the two worlds and bringing them into convergence.'”
Read the full story

Colburn Students Receive 2020 YoungArts Awards

The National YoungArts Foundation included 18 Colburn School students and alumni among those honored for their outstanding work in the performing arts. The 2020 YoungArts winners receive support for their blossoming careers, including cash awards of up to $10,000, validation and guidance by renowned mentors, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs, and a strong professional network.

Each year, the foundation recognizes young artists from across the country in the areas of literary, visual, design, and performing arts. Thousands of young artists aged 15–18 applied, and the foundation selected 686 as finalists, honorable mentions, and merit winners. Finalists are eligible to become US Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and get to participate in the National YoungArts Week in Miami.

Congratulations to these students and alumni on this outstanding achievement.

Finalist

Classical Music
Albert Gang, Violin^
Andy Park, Viola^§
Cole Turkel, Clarinet*
 

Honorable Mention

Classical Music
Alexander Fried, Violin*
Mei Hotta, Cello*
Scott Quirk, Flute†§

Jazz
Benjamin Conn, Trombone*
 

Merit

Classical Music
Stacey Chung, Cello^
Nicholas Kim, Clarinet*
Richard Qiu, Piano§
Will Robles, Cello*

Jazz
Dario Bizio, Double Bass§
Kai Burns, Guitar*
Ivan Cuevas, Guitar*
Declan Houlihan, Percussion*
Alex Lui, Flute*
Leo Major, Composition*
Joshua Wong, Composition*

* Community School of Performing Arts student
§ Community School of Performing Arts alumni
^ Music Academy student
† Music Academy alumni

Student Accomplishments, August 2019

Conservatory alumnus Eduardo Rios (AD ’19) will join the Seattle Symphony as First Assistant Concertmaster for their 2019–20 season.

Community School violinists Nichole Aye and Erica Delos Santos will perform with the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on August 3.

Nicholas Hooks, a Conservatory bassoonist, won first prize in the Boston Woodwind Society’s Sherman Walt Merit Award Competition.

Conservatory alumnus Gregory LaRosa (MM ’19) will join the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as Principal Timpanist this fall.

Community School pianist Brandon Chen placed first in the category of Open Solo for students ages 11 and below for the 2019 Southwestern Youth Music Festival in Long Beach, CA.

Current Conservatory student Luke Fieweger will serve as Associate Principal Bassoon for the Seattle Symphony beginning this fall.

Community School pianist Dylan Iskandar received third place in Open Solo category for the 2019 Southwestern Youth Music Festival.

Community School vocalists Angie Villella, Albert Gonzalez, Emmanuel Yoque, and Anna White attended the Westminster College SummerSong Music Camp.

Community School pianist Winston Iskandar won second place in Open Chopin category for the 2019 Southwestern Youth Music Festival.

Community School vocalist Clarisse Cao attended the Oberlin Conservatory Summer Vocal Arts Academy.

New Programs and Offerings Enrich Colburn Students’ Artistic Development

Colburn students have always had access to the highest-quality performing arts education through our world-class faculty, sequential learning programs, and multiple performance opportunities. However, beginning this school year, they will have even more ways to take their artistry to the next level.

Read on to discover exciting new offerings from around the school.

Center for Innovation and Community Impact

Starting this school year, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact will offer a series of eight short courses for Colburn students as part of its career development programming. Although the courses are designed for Conservatory students, all music students will benefit and are encouraged to attend.

Students will be able to select from seminars that cover resume, biography, and professional photo tips, financial literacy, community engagement, digital marketing, and other practical knowledge and skills for professional musicians.

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Previously, graduating Conservatory students enrolled in the Working Musician course taught by Dr. Nathaniel Zeisler, Dean for Community Initiatives. By adapting this one course into several different classes, students will be able to choose areas that are most relevant to their career goals, giving them a more tailored and in-depth experience. Students will also be able to take courses throughout their enrollment at Colburn rather than only in their senior year, thus allowing them to develop skills and understanding throughout their education.

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Apart from academic courses, the Center will also expand its artist toolshed, which equips students with tech gear such as computers, cameras, and microphones for rental use. The expansion involves this year’s Entrepreneurs in Residence, Jared Dickerson and Simone Porter of The Upnote podcast, who will assist in developing a new studio for students to record podcasts.

The Center for Innovation and Community Impact will continue working with student soloists and ensembles to present community programming throughout the year.
 

Community School of Performing Arts

This fall, parents with young children will find captivating new programs, including additional classes in Early Childhood and Drama on Sundays, a hybrid Dalcroze and Music theory class for five year olds called Beginning Musicianship, and the Suzuki Guitar program.

The brand new Suzuki Guitar Program is directed by Dr. Connie Sheu, a classical guitarist with over 10 years of experience teaching Suzuki Guitar. Weekly private lessons and group instruction ensures that students are progressing at their own pace, developing ensemble skills, and reinforcing proper technique on the instrument. Suzuki guitar is open to students ages five and older. For enrollment information, contact Dr. Connie Sheu at csheu@colburnschool.edu.

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For students looking to continue studying music in college, the new College Audition Prep for Singers class provides college-aspiring high school singers with the knowledge, strategies, and technical skills needed to craft a first-rate college music audition. This class is taught by voice faculty Michael Chipman. Mr. Chipman shares a conclusion he formed from his experience in the college audition process, “It seems to me, having been on the other side of the audition table for many years, that there is a lot of information that would be very helpful in preparing students (and their parents) for those auditions.” Twelve weeks will be a seminar on specific topics, and four weeks will be conducted as master classes. The class will provide the information and technical knowledge to construct a successful college audition and set students apart from the competition.

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The Community School has added two ensembles, Symphonic Band and the Colburn Sinfonietta. Designed for middle school students with at least one year playing experience in a band or ensemble at their school, the Symphonic Band is a welcoming group for those students looking for an entrance into the band continuum here at Colburn. This program allows winds, brass, and percussion students to gain skills, develop ensemble experience, and reach their musical goals, all while surrounded by encouraging faculty and peers.

Additionally, the Community School is excited to announce the Colburn Sinfonietta as part of the advanced orchestra program. Featuring talented wind and string players, students in this close-knit group will dig deep into Classical repertoire and explore their musicality as a group.

Read more about all of the ensembles.
 

Music Academy

Beginning this fall, the Music Academy will offer a new curriculum track for students who live on or near campus. Each weekday morning, these students will take classes that include eurhythmics and improvisation, movement, choir, basic conducting, piano skills (for non-pianists), as well as duo coaching and continuo training (for pianists). They, along with other music students across the school, will have the opportunity to use a new state-of-the-art piano lab to develop basic keyboard skills expected in most collegiate-level music programs.

For our high-school aged Music Academy students who are beginning a pre-professional track, the development of fundamental skills such as movement, stage presence, and musical expression is crucial to their artistic development. With the addition of these new curricular offerings, Music Academy students will be able to expand and supplement their musical skills in a holistic manner, while experiencing new learning opportunities that will also help to build camaraderie among the student cohort.

After last year’s newly established partnership with Oak Crest Academy, this year’s curricular addition creates even more structure to the Music Academy’s program while allowing students to maintain their focus on instrumental performance.

Music Academy students will continue to perform with the Academy Virtuosi chamber orchestra, in chamber music settings, on the Music Academy Young Artist Performance recital series, and at special events throughout the year.
 

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations

Every year, Colburn serves over 2,000 enrolled students in addition to those who are reached offsite by outreach programs in the Center for Innovation and Community Impact. And each year, around 150 of those students move on to college, training programs, or the professional world. Colburn embraces its commitment to this growing community by investing in alumni engagement.

As part of this effort, the school established the position of Manager of Alumni and Parent Relations this past March with Los Angeles native Michele Yamamoto filling the role. Michele brings a valuable history of supporting donors, students, and families at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. This school year she will be concentrating on developing effective and consistent measures to engage both alumni and parents, which will include existing family-focused events throughout the year and new events.

As a means to connect, once a month, Alumni and Parent Relations will host an “Office Hours” pop-up as a gathering space for Colburn families to have the chance to get to know supporting staff, other families, and students. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Michele, as Manager of Alumni and Parent Relations will spearhead this new series as an effort to knit the Colburn family closer.

The first Office Hours will take place on Saturday, August 24 from 9 am to 12 pm on the plaza in front of Thayer Hall.
 

Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute has added a new Youth Dance program for male students ages 10–14. In the Boys Youth Ballet program, students will participate in Ballet Levels IV and V (based on placement), and take two male-only classes per week with a focus on learning more advanced steps specialized to male ballet dancers, such as jumps, lifts, and leaps. They will also be able to combine with female students in three other classes for supplementary instruction.

The program is designed to give provide boys the specialized attention they need at that age to begin developing the different, more masculine style of ballet needed to progress to a higher level. After finishing the Boys Youth Ballet program, students will be well-prepared to audition for the Colburn Dance Academy, which prepares dancers for a professional career.

Beyond the technical skills the program will teach, Boys Youth Ballet will also present a social outlet for male dancers to get to know each other and be part of a like-minded group of students.

Scholarships will be available for male-only classes, with a possibility of full funding based on merit for the additional classes.

In the two years since the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute restructured, Youth Dance has worked to establish a sequential learning curriculum for successful development. The Boys Youth Ballet program will bring an added layer resulting in deeper preparatory training.

Student Accomplishments, July 2019

Music Academy alumna Mayumi Kanagawa, violin, placed fourth in the final round of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition and was awarded $5,000.

Community School cellist Madison Gamboa won a full scholarship to the Sphinx Performance Academy, a chamber and performance program for gifted string students from cultural backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field of classical music.

Conservatory violinist Hao Zhou was selected as the Grand Laureate of the 2019 Concours Musical International de Montréal Violin Competition.

Community School alumna Caroline Hales won Grand Prize in the American Harp Society National Competition, Young Professional Category.

Conservatory violinist Julie Lin won first prize in the Concerto Competition at the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) and will perform with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

Community School alumna Annette Lee (harp, ’19) performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a part of recognition of the 2019 US Presidential Scholars in the Arts, which she was awarded this year. Annette also received first prize for the American Harp Society National Competition, Intermediate II Division.

Conservatory trombone player Connor Rowe will be joining the New Mexico Philharmonic as the Principal Trombone in Fall 2019.

Conservatory alumnus Gianluca Farina (trumpet, AD ’19) will be a Fellow in the New World Symphony Fellowship Program starting in the fall.

Nicholas Hooks, a Conservatory bassoonist, won the Principal Bassoon position with the Billings Symphony starting Fall 2019.

Community School pianist Gavin Yang received first place in the Junior Division Glendale Orchestra Performance Competition.

Conservatory clarinetist Vitor Trindade will be joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as the 2nd clarinet starting Fall 2019.

Community School flutist Joseph Loi performed as a soloist with the Asia America Youth Symphony.

Conservatory alumna Elyse Lauzon (PSC ’15) will join the Pacific Symphony as a member of the horn section beginning in August.

Musical Theater student Nicholas Vuckovich was awarded a John Raitt Award for Youth for Lead Male Soloist.

Conservatory pianist Sam Glicklich won the piano competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School and will debut with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra on July 10.

Community School cellist Claire Park performed with the Olympia Orchestra, directed by Fung Ho, as part of the Grand Prize of the 2018 American String Teacher’s Association, LA Competition.

Conservatory alumna Kayla Chang (harp, BM ’11) completed her medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and was promoted to lieutenant in the US Navy.

Community School pianist Richard Qiu was a finalist for the Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition.

Conservatory violinist Hanna Zhdan won the Concerto Competition at the Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy (FOOSA).

Student Accomplishments, June 2019

Conservatory

Violinist Blake Pouliot (PSC ’18) made his Dallas Symphony Orchestra debut in mid-May.

Percussionist Derek Tywoniuk (MM ’15) has completed his PhD in Music Composition at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Avi Nagin (BM ’13) will be joining the Amernet Quartet as second violin and will also be joining the faculty of Florida International University, where the quartet serves as Ensemble-in-Residence.

Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

This year’s Youth Dance and Dance Academy seniors will be attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, Syracuse University, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, USC, Indiana University, and University of Utah.

Stephen Marshall, a Dance Academy student, will be joining the Carolina Ballet’s apprentice program.

Modern and ballet dancer Madeleine Lee was accepted to the Alvin Ailey training program.

Dance Academy student Maeve Sentner will be joining the Grand Rapids Ballet as an apprentice.

Community School of Performing Arts

This year’s graduating Community School students will attend The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, the Peabody Institute, UCLA, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Occidental College, Cal State Long Beach, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, UC Santa Cruz, Pasadena City College, USC Thornton School of Music, Pierce College, and more.

Herbert Zipper Scholar and Community School violinist Nichole Aye was a guest performer playing all movements of Vivaldi’s “Summer” with Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Hall.

Community School violinist Amy Sze was chosen as a member of the Shenandoah String Quartet Program at the Heifetz International Music Institute.

Community School violist Andy Park won overall runner up for Best Performance of the Competition for ASTA Regional Finals and will advance to state.

Community School pianists Vivienne Hong-Harutyunyan and Sarah Shin were winners in the Southern California Junior Regional Bach Festival.

Community School pianist Will Robles won first place in Dozen Charitable Trust Fund Music Scholarship Competition (MTAC – Los Angeles branch).

Community School pianist Yiting Han was the first prizewinner of the MTNA Romantic/Impressionistic Competition.

Community School cellist Lucas Lee was an ASTA Solo Competition Elementary Division Winner.

Music Academy

Music Academy cellist Sarah Kave and Community School alumnus Javier Morales Martinez, clarinet, will perform on From the Top with guest host, pianist Lara Downes.

Recent Music Academy graduate Ann Kuo was selected as the 2019 American Joe Zawinul “Z” Award winner. She will spend three weeks in Vienna, Austria attending master classes and lessons as part of the Joe Zawinul Music Exchange program.

Colburn Students Receive Spotlight Awards

This year, 21 Colburn students received distinctions from The Music Center’s Spotlight Awards. Grand Prize finalists Yejin Ahn, clarinet, and Dario Bizio, bass, are invited to perform at the Spotlight Grand Finale Performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 4. They will also be awarded a $5,000 cash prize. Jazz pianist Dalton Hayse, who received an honorable mention, will receive a $1,000 cash prize. All other semifinalists receive $300.

In addition to accepting cash awards, Spotlight participants are also able to participate in master classes, get personalized feedback from distinguished judges, gain audition experience and coaching, and more. More than a competition, Spotlight is a scholarship and arts training program that emphasizes preparation, courage, critical thinking, and perseverance for students.

Congratulations to these students on this tremendous accomplishment.

Grand Prize Finalists
Yejin Ahn, Clarinet^
Dario Bizio, Bass*

Classical Instrumental Semifinalists
Alexander Fried, Violin*
Albert Gang, Violin^
Michael Groner, Piano*
Shengyu Meng, Cello^
Andy Park, Viola*
Claire Park, Cello*
Anoush Pogossian, Clarinet*

Classical Voice Semifinalists
Angie Villela*

Jazz Instrumental Semifinalists
Ethan Avery, Trumpet*
Kai Burns, Guitar*
Juan Carballo, Saxophone*
Benjamin Conn, Trombone*
Jordan DeTiege, Saxophone*
Dalton Hayse, Piano* (honorable mention)
David Lee, Drums*
Alex Lui, Saxophone*
Leo Major, Saxophone*
Gianna Pedregon, Violin*

Non-Classical Dance Merit Awards
Joseph Lesher-Liao†

* Community School of Performing Arts student
^ Music Academy student
† Trudl Zipper Dance Institute student