Student Accomplishments, March 2021

Mira Kardan and Simon Yao

Mira Kardan, cello, and Simon Yao, piano, both won Laureates in the 2020 Sound Espressivo Competition.

Conservatory cellists Sanga Yang and Youna Choi won first prize in the Chamber Music Division of the Manhattan International Music Competition. They will perform at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2021.

Community School and Music Academy students won awards at the 2020 Sound Espressivo Competition.

 Mira Kardan, Cello: Laureate
 Simon Yao, Piano: First Place and Laureate
 Ukki Sachedina, Piano: First Place
 Scarlett Chen, Piano: Second Place
 Celine Zhu, Piano: Second Place
 Aaron Zhu, Piano Third Place

Conservatory violinist Hannah White performed four concerts with Dallas Symphony Orchestra as Sphinx Competition Alumni guest soloist.

Music Academy student Yirou Ronnie Zhang, who studies violin with Martin Beaver, won first prize in the high school division of the 2020 Alexander and Buono International String Competition.

Conservatory violinist Wei-Lin Chen won second prize in the Academy of Taiwan Strings Competition and the Special Prize for Bach.

Community School cellist Eiline Tai was the String Category Winner and Open Junior Division Winner for the Walgreens Midwest Young Artist Competition.

Community School vocalist Callie Chae Pyken won first place in the Music International Grand Prix in Classical Voice and Popular Voice in the 13–18 category.

Conservatory violist Cassia Drake won the Florida MTNA competition.

Community School violinist Dara Moayer was invited to be a member of The National Youth Orchestra of the USA (Carnegie Hall and Weill Music Institute) for the 2021 Season.

Community School pianist Simon Yao won first place in the Russian Souvenir Online Piano Competition.

Conservatory pianist Sam Glicklich won third place In the Singapore International Piano Competition.

Community School percussionist Orlando Christian was accepted into the 2020–21 Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra.

Music Academy clarinetist Noah Jung won first prize in the 2021 American Protégé International Concerto Competition 2021.

Community School pianist Leonardo Dinner won second place in the 2021 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. He also received honorable mention in the 2020 Steinway Virtual Piano Competition.

Conservatory clarinetist Ángel Martín won first prize at the Gran Canaria International Clarinet Online Competition ‘Guy Deplus’.

Community School students won spots in the 2021 California Band Directors Association and California Orchestra Directors Association All-State ensembles.

 Bryan Chiu, Horn: Principal, All-State Honor Orchestra
 Orlando Christian, Percussion: All-State Middle School Concert Band
 Suri Feng, Percussion: All-State Middle School Concert Band
 Rory Hemmings, Percussion: All-State High School Concert Band
 Viraj Sonawala, Percussion: All-State High School Wind Symphony
 Chris Gaw, Percussion: All-State High School Wind Symphony
 Elaina Stuppler, Trombone: All-State Honor Ensemble

Community School students Celine Zhu, Aaron Zhu, and Scarlett Chen were winners in the MTAC Glendale Contemporary Festival.

Conservatory trombonist Gracie Potter won first prize in the Innovatrombone International Online Trombone Competition, Category 2. She is also one of three finalists in the Gilberto Gagliardi competition.

Community School cellist Lucas Lee received third place in the Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Competition.