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!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

MYA Alum Carrie Dennis Returns as Guest Artist


Midwest Young Artists presents Inspire EXCELLENCE concert, on April 24th at 6 pm at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall featuring our internationally recognized Symphony Orchestra, heralded as one of the finest youth orchestras in the country. The program will include guest artist, Carrie Dennis, viola soloist in Bartok's Viola Concerto and Beethoven's Overture to Leonora #3 and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
Carrie Dennis has been the Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2008, after being awarded the position by Esa-Pekka Salonen.  She graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1994, attended the Curtis Institute of Music on two occasions, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Violin and an Artists’ diploma in Viola. After studying with Michael Tree and Joseph de Pasquale, she became Assistant Principal Viola in the Philadelphia Orchestra for four years. Dennis became Principal Viola of the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Simon Rattle, where she stayed for two years. She has participated in the Verbier Festival, Switzerland; at Tanglewood as a fellow; and at the Barga Chamber Music Festival, Italy; the Grand Tetons Music Festival; and the Moritzburg Festival in Germany.

She has taught and conducted master classes at Northwestern University, USC, UCLA, the Colburn School, and the Juilliard School, as well as the American Viola Society and the Orchestra of the Pacific in Vancouver. When not playing classical music, Carrie Dennis enjoys her two identical twin sons – Atticus and Finneas – as well as improvising and collaborating in an ambient electronic music group, Mico Nonet.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Lights! Camera! Music! MYA Conservatory Gala a Big Success

Toni-Marie Montgomery & Patrick Pearson
Photo Credit: Andrea Cowell of She Finally Snapped Photography
Lights! Camera! Music! Movies were the theme of the night at Midwest Young Artist Conservatory's Annual Gala on March 5th. Held at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, the event featured several of the organization's talented student ensembles, playing famous movie music from Star Wars to Schindler's List.

MYAC Board Chairman Dale Rudy Photo Credit: Andrea Cowell of She Finally Snapped Photography
MYA Conservatory, a national leader in ensemble training, hosts a variety of ensembles, as was demonstrated that night. The cocktail hour featured performances by the Concertino Orchestra, made up primarily of middle schoolers, two vocal ensembles, and a jazz combo. The full Symphony Orchestra with over 90 students was the highlight of the night during dinner, playing epic move music and featuring a moving violin solo from 13 year old virtuoso, Masha Lakisova of Vernon Hills.

MYAC Board Members Patrick Burke & Karee Buerger
Photo Credit: Andrea Cowell of She Finally Snapped Photography
MYAC Jazz Merit Combo performing
Photo Credit: Andrea Cowell of She Finally Snapped Photography
The program of the night featured the MYA board chairman, Dale Rudy, as well as founder, president and conductor Dr. Allan Dennis. Former board chairman Tom Sharp was also featured, showcasing the live auction and paddle raise for scholarship donations. Pianist and violinist Kimie Han of Lake Forest and bassist Alec Elston of Bannockburn also gave emotional speeches about their experiences growing up attending MYA Conservatory.

Left to right: Karen Dennis, Jeff Andreasen, Susan & Steve Wright
Photo Credit: Andrea Cowell of She Finally Snapped Photography
Left to right: Thomas Sharp, Roger Manka, John Sharp, David Biggins
Photo Credit: Andrea Cowell of She Finally Snapped Photography
MYA Conservatory celebrated honorees Toni-Marie Montgomery and Patrick Pearson. Ms. Montgomery, Dean of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, was presented with the Golden Baton Award for her dedication to music education. The Take Note Award was presented to Mr. Pearson in honor of his 20 years with MYA Conservatory as a faculty member.

MYAC Benefit Committee Chairs (left to right): Sharon Mullins, Karee Buerger, Cathy Popp, Carol Mavrakis
Photo Credit: Andrea Cowell of She Finally Snapped Photography
The event successfully raised over $100,000 for MYA Conservatory and included over 200 attendees. Noted table sponsors included Mesirow Financial, Northern Trust, Franczek Radelet and Hollister. The money will contribute to financial aid and scholarship for students to allow all students access to the rich music learning environment MYA offers.

The night was considered a wonderful success and the guests enjoyed hearing the wide array of MYA ensembles. 

For more photos visit our Facebook page.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Lights, Camera, MUSIC!

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is looking forward to honoring two very special people in the music education world.  Toni-Marie Montgomery will be presented with the Golden Award, and Patrick Pearson, the Take Note Award.

Toni-Marie Montgomery has led the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University since 2003. Under her leadership, a beautiful new school with a state-of-the art recital hall (pictured below) was completed this year.  76 MYA Alums have attended Northwestern as undergrads, and 11 more have earned advanced degrees from this outstanding institution.


Patrick Pearson (Mr. P) is completing his 20th year as conductor of orchestras at MYA Conservatory this year. He started out with Reading and Philharmonia Orchestra and then added Cadet and Concertino to his Saturdays.  During this same time period, he was the Orchestra Director at Lake Forest High School and now at Oak Park River Forest High School.
We hope you can join us!  Make a reservation today!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Why People Love Bass

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One of our Advisory Board Members shared a link to this very interesting video on why people love bass.  You'll have to scroll down the page to find the video and listen to a Campbell's soup commercial, but it's worth it.