Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Walgreens National Concerto Competition Results

Kudos to all who participated!

Senior MYAC Division:

Senior MYAC Division Overall Winner, performing with MYAC Symphony Orchestra on Februrary 19, 2017: George Dalianis, piano
Strings Category:
  • Haddon Kay, cello - winner
  • Adam Lee, cello - honorable mention
  • Anna Stenzel, violin - honorable mention
  • Aryn Harmon, cello - honorable mention
  • Christopher Gottardi-Littrell, violin - honorable mention
  • Daria Chudnovsky, violin - honorable mention
  • Ezra Escobar, cello - honorable mention
  • Krista Hagglund, harp - honorable mention
  • Michelle Manson, viola - honorable mention
  • Natalie Clarke, viola - honorable mention
  • Peter Dudek, viola - honorable mention
  • Rebecca Moy, violin (1st movement) - honorable mention
  • Robert Sanders, violin - honorable mention
  • Sofiya Kyrylyuk, viola - honorable mention
Other Instruments Category:
  • Cecilia Gao, flute - winner
  • Bailey Holman, bassoon - honorable mention
  • Carter Smith, oboe - honorable mention
  • Ksenia Polyarskaya, flute - honorable mention
  • Ruchira Ray, clarinet - honorable mention
Early Music Category:
  • Sarah Gibes, bassoon - winner
  • Annika McDermott-Hinman, oboe - honorable mention
  • Ethan Ramaly, flute - honorable mention
Piano Category:
  • George Dalianis - winner, and Overall Senior MYAC Division Winner
  • Alice Zhang - honorable mention
Voice Category:
  • Priya Krishnaswamy - honorable mention

Senior OPEN Division:

Senior Open Division Overall Winner, performing with MYAC Symphony Orchestra on Februrary 19, 2017Karisa Chiu, violin
Other Instruments Category:
  • Tessa Vermeulen, flute - winner
  • Adams Langs, xylophone - honorable mention
  • Daniel Lopez, flute - honorable mention
Strings Category:
  • Karisa Chiu, violin - winner, and Overall Senior Open Division Winner
  • Julian Rhee, violin - honorable mention
  • Nathan Mo, cello - honorable mention
  • Brendan Tarm, cello - honorable mention
Piano Category:
  • John Cao - winner
  • Gabriel Bruner - honorable mention
  • Derek Chung - honorable mention
Vocal Category:
  • Madeleine Keane - winner
Early Music Category:
  • Thomas Filipiuk, piano - winner

Junior MYAC Division:

Junior MYAC Division Overall Winner, performing with MYAC Concert Orchestra on February 19, 2017: Tim Zhang, oboe
Other Instrument Category:
  • Tim Zhang, oboe - winner, and Overall Junior MYAC Division Winner
  • Avra Friedman, flute - honorable mention
String Category:
  • Mia Wimbiscus, cello - winner
  • Ella Saputra, violin - honorable mention
  • Elson Koh, violin - honorable mention
  • Haoming Song, cello - honorable mention
Vocal Category:
  • Asher Ramaly - winner
Piano Category:
  • Haoming Song - winner
Early Music Category:
  • Mimi Friedman, violin (Winter) - honorable mention
  • Rosie Wang, flute - honorable mention

Junior OPEN Division:

Junior Open Division Overall Winner: Yerin Yang, piano
String Category:
  • Claudia Yoon, cello - winner
  • Elle Cho, violin - honorable mention
  • Rich Qian, violin - honorable mention
  • Bianca Ciubancan, violin - honorable mention
  • William Tan, cello - honorable mention
  • Esme Arieas-Kim, violin - honorable mention
  • Suminne Hong, violin - honorable mention
Piano Category:
  • Yerin Yang - winner, and Overall Junior Open Division Winner
  • Aliya Alsafa - honorable mention
  • Antonio Wu - honorable mention
  • Frank Gao - honorable mention
  • Richelle Shi - honorable mention
Early Music Category:
  • Barbara Juminaga, violin - winner
  • Rachel Man, violin - honorable mention
  • Abigail Froyshteer, piano - honorable mention
  • Freya Pang, piano - honorable mention
  • Zarin Metha, piano - honorable mention
  • Jessica Jiang, piano - honorable mention
Other Instruments Category:
  • Noah Jung, clarinet - winner

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MYAC Captures Gold Medal for 2nd Time in 3 Years!

Photo by Josef Samuel 

It was an exciting weekend at the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at Notre Dame this weekend.  It was the 43rd year of this competition started by an amateur chamber musician, Joseph E. Fischoff, and now a cultural asset which brings musicians from around the world to South Bend each Mother's Day weekend.  Allan and I look forward to this weekend which we have been attending for 26 years. . . I with a passion for listening to chamber music, and Allan as a coach and leader of MYAC whose focus has been on ensemble playing since we began in 1993.

This weekend was a surprise victory.  In recent years, the competition quality and consistency has been higher than ever.  As Artistic Director, Tom Rosenberg, always tells the students in the Junior Division, on another day, with another panel of judges, there could be a different result.  

Three MYAC ensembles were invited to the quarter-finals on Friday after a taped audition round of 70 applicants.  Two were selected to compete in the semi-finals on Saturday, and one learned on Saturday evening that they would be in the medal round on Sunday.  

Quartet Diamant who captured the Gold on Sunday includes Masha Lakisova (violin), Rebecca Moy (violin), Natalie Clarke (viola), and Adam Lee (cello).  From the moment they walked on stage, poised and confident, and then performed a great program with an incredible blended sound where they really felt the music, they did their best and their hard work paid off.  Thank you to their coaches, Robert Bassill and Lyudmila Lakisova!  We're proud of all of them!