Student Accomplishments, March 2018

The Benefic Piano Trio in Thayer Hall in 2016. The group took home Grand Prize in the ENKOR Competition.

The Benefic Piano Trio, including pianist SunHwa Kim, violinist Misha Vayman, and cellist Qiele Guo, won the Grand Prize of the 2018 ENKOR International Music Competition, competing in the chamber music division.

Harpist Alyssa Katahara, a current Bachelor of Music student, won Grand Prize in the 2018 Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition.

Performance Studies Certificate candidate Charlie Rosmarin has spent the last two weeks subbing in the percussion section of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Academy student Ezra Shcolnik tied for first place in the Music Guild of New Mexico’s Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition.  In addition to a cash prize of $2000, he will have the opportunity to solo with the New Mexico Philharmonic in May.

Three bands from the Community School’s Colburn Jazz Workshop have advanced to the finals of the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. The Monday Night Band, Thursday Night Band, and Big Band will compete in Monterey March 9–11.

Community School student Alexander Hurvitz is one of the 15 winners of the ASCAP Foundation’s 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. Aged 15, Alexander was the only student under the age of 18 to win.

The Community School piano trio of Nathaniel Yue, Ukki Sachedina and Andres Engleman, have advanced to the final state round in their division of the VOCE Competition. They will compete in April at Chapman University.

Community School student Ethan Moffitt won first prize in Berklee College of Music’s 2018 Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition/Arranging Contest. His winning piece was performed by the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra at their jazz festival this month.

Community School student Gabriel Tsai won first prize in the junior division of Bellflower Symphony Association’s Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. He will appear with the orchestra on April 25.

Community School pianist David Hadi won the Music Teachers’ Association of California San Fernando East Valley Branch Concerto Competition and will perform the Haydn Concertino with the La Mirada Symphony on May 20.

Two Colburn students will perform on From the Top’s special performances with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall next month. Community School cellist Osheen Manukyan will perform Piazzola’s The 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires with Chris O’Riley and Associate Concertmaster Bing Wang. And Community School alumnus and current Music Academy student Ray Ushikubo will perform the first movement from Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the LA Philharmonic.

Community School alumnus Billy Childs earned a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for his album, Rebirth at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Community School alumna Meera Gudipati won the position of principal flute with the United State Coast Guard Band.

Hyeree Yu, a 2017 Artist Diploma recipient, was appointed to the viola section of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra this summer.

Matthew Cohen, a 2015 Artist Diploma recipient, was appointed Principal Viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Joshua Cote, a 2015 Professional Studies Certificate recipient, was appointed Fourth Horn of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida.