Colburn Students Win Awards in the YoungArts 2023 National Arts Competition

Fueled by passion and a strong dedication to their craft, fourteen Community School students and three Music Academy students, including Nikka Gershman-Pepper (pictured), have been selected as prize-winners in this year’s YoungArts National Arts Competition.

The Community School of Performing Arts and Music Academy are proud to announce the selection of our students in the YoungArts 2023 National Arts Competition. This year, fourteen Community School students and three Music Academy students have been selected for this prestigious honor. 

Every year thousands of performing, visual and literary artists age 15–18 apply to YoungArts through their national competition. Finalists attend National YoungArts Week to collaborate with peers and develop their crafts with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Finalists in their senior year are further eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. 

All award winners—including Finalist, Merit and Honorable Mention award levels—receive mentorship and financial awards; gain access to a lifetime of creative, professional development, and funding opportunities; and become part of an uplifting, inter-generational community that helps artists connect, create, and collaborate. 

Congratulations to both these students and their respective teachers on this outstanding achievement! 


Nikka Gershman-Pepper, Flute+
Cosmo Lieberman, Jazz Alto Saxophone* 

Honorable Mention 

Arlo Erwin, Jazz Composition*
Anaïs Feller, Violin+
Jack Lieberman, Jazz Alto Saxophone*
Joseph Mintz, Jazz Percussion*
William Schwartzman, Jazz Piano
Kuper Walker, Popular Voice* 


Michael Blasi, Jazz Trombone*
Alexis Cai, Classical Flute*
Madeline Cheng, Classical Composition*
Joaquin Garde, Jazz Guitar*
Marvel Roth, Classical Composition*
Luciano Soriano, Jazz Composition and Jazz Trombone*
Stellan Swanlund, Jazz Piano*
Nathaniel Yue, Classical Cello*
Chunyi Zhou, Violin+ 

* Community School of Performing Arts student
+ Music Academy student