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The Music Prep award winner history

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2013-2014

Katherine Loboda, piano student of Luba Agranovsky, won first place in the 2014 Golden Key Music Festival. As winner, Katherine will perform Debussy’s Clair de lune at Carnegie Hall on May 23, 2014.

 

A cellist in Music Prep’s Youth Chamber Orchestra, Isaiah Kim (12) won top honors at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior String Competition. The competition took place in March during the 2014 MTNA National Conference in Chicago. As a national competition winner, Isaiah received $1,000, provided by the Yamaha Corp. of America, Orchestral Strings Division.

 

David Hiester (GAMP), a member of the Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP) was one of 16 to be recognized in the Tribeca New Music’s Young Composer Competition in the Emerging Composers category. His composition was 2013 is still Baroque String Trio No. 1, Opus No. 6. David studies clarinet with Hilary Zirkle at CMSP.

CMSP Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jason O'Mara, participated in the Essentially Ellington Regional High School Jazz Festival on March 5, 2014 winning several awards:
-Temple CMSP Jazz Orchestra won Best Trumpet Section
-Gabe Preston (Central HS junior), a student of Jason O'Mara, won Honorable Mention for his alto sax solo
-Kevon Clowers (CAPA senior), a student of Sam Riss, won Honorable Mention for his trombone solo

Bihn Park, cello student of Thomas Kraines received the Silver Award for the National YoungArts Foundations’ YoungArts 2014 after being one of 24 finalist selected nationwide.

 

Daniel Kim, violin student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott, is the winner of this year’s Nancy W. Hess Temple Music Prep Concerto Competition Prize. As winner, Daniel will perform the third movement of Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22 with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, Luis Biava, conductor, on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 pm at the Temple Performing Arts Center located at 1837 North Broad Street.

 

Sejung An, cello student of Metta Watts, received honorable mention in the 2014 Temple Music Prep Concerto Competition, auditioning with the first movement of Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Op. 101.

 

CMSP Fall 2014/Winter 2014 News:

 

Boyer professor of Jazz Studies, Terell Stafford, held clinics on January 18 and 20 to prepare the CMSP Jazz Orchestra for their recording for the Essentially Ellington Regional High School Jazz Band Competition. A heart felt thank you to Prof. Stafford for sharing his expertise and time with the group. Click here to listen to the submitted recording.

 

Fareed Simpson-Hankins, CMSP trumpet student of Mike Franchetti (TU alumnus), was accepted to the All-State Jazz Band and Regional Orchestra. Fareed is a senior at Central High School.

 

Kevon Clower, CMSP trombone student of Samuel Riss, won the All-City Concerto Competition. As winner Kevon will perform on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm with the All City Music High School Festival at Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center. Kevon is a senior at the Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA).

CMSP Jazz Orchestra has been invited to participate in the Essentially Ellington Regional High School Jazz Band Festival on March 5, 2014.

On April 26, White Plains High School String Orchestra from New York will perform in a side-by-side with the CMSP Wind Ensemble under the direction of Zachary May. Students from both ensembles will participate in a reading session as well as perform a piece for each other’s groups before ending the day with a joint performance.

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Daniel Kim, violin, is the 2nd place winner of the 2013-2014 Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition - senior division. Daniel is a student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott and a recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

 

Isaiah Kim, cellist and Pennsylvania representative for the 2014 Eastern Division of the Music Teachers National Association Competition won first place. As the Eastern Division winner Isaiah qualifies to participate in the MTNA National Competition in Chicago in March.


Bihn Park (17) cello student of Thomas Kraines is a finalist in the National YoungArts Foundations’ YoungArts 2014. As one of 24 students selected nationally, Bihn will participate in YoungArtsWeek 2014 this January in Miami, FL.


Beatrice Hsieh
(17), violin student of Helen Kwalwasser, received honorable mention in the National YoungArts Foundations’ YoungArts 2014.

 

Daniel Kim (15), violin student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott, is the winner of the 2013-2014 Newark Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, High School Division. As winner Daniel will perform with the orchestra in spring 2014.

 

Two brothers, cellist Isaiah Kim (12) and violinist Daniel Kim (15) are winners of the 2013-2014 Old York Road Symphony Young Artist’s Competition. Both will perform as soloists on the Young Artists Concert in January 2014. Isaiah will play Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, Op. 33 and Daniel, the first movement of Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 22.

Sein An (15), violin, a recipient of the Starling Violin Scholarship at Temple Music Prep, was awarded the Grand Prize in the 16th International Violin Competition, "Remember Enescu." She also won first Prize for Category B (between 13 and 17 years old). The competition was held in Sinaia, Romania May 1 through May 4, 2013, and is held every other year to remember George Enescu, Romanian composer and violinist. This year there were a total of 45 young violinists representing nine countries from around the world. Along with the recognition from this major international competition, Sein has been invited for a future solo engagement with an orchestra in Romania. Sein is a student of Dr. Eduard Schmieder, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Violin and Artistic Director of Strings at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Sein also has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award via the NPR top-rated radio show From the Top. She will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio for a live performance/taping at Bowling Green State University’s Kobacker Hall on September 28. The show will be broadcast during the 2013-14 season. Sein joins a distinguished history of Music Prep students who have received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist award and have performed on From the Top’s national broadcasts.

Anya Garipoli (15), was awarded a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy for 2013-2014 where she will study harp with Joan Holland. A recent private harp student of Elizabeth Hainen (Principal Harpist of The Philadelphia Orchestra and faculty member at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music), Anya attended Miss Hainen’s Saratoga Harp Colony at Skidmore College. Anya has been a three-year member of the Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble and also participated in the Young Artists Harp Seminar Summer Camp both under the direction of Kimberly Rowe. A long-time member of the American Harp Society and its Philadelphia Chapter, Anya has been a three-time recipient of the AHS Philadelphia Chapter’s Student Competition.

Brenden Zak (15), violin, student of Hirono Oka was a featured special soloist with the Ocean City Pops orchestra on July 17, 2013. Brenden thrilled the OCP audience with a performance of the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole. Brenden is a Starling Violin Scholarship at Temple Music Prep recipient.

Allison Janney was awarded a scholarship this summer to the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, High School Division. While there, she was invited to participate in the Interlochen Philharmonic. Allison is entering her fourth year as a member of the Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble under the direction of Kimberly Rowe.

 

2012-13

Katherine Loboda, piano student of Luba Agranovsky, is the 2013 silver medalist of the Golden Key Music Festival. As the silver medal winner, Katherine performed Rachmaninoff's Opus 23, No. 5 at Carnegie Hall this May.

Violinist Helenmarie Vassiliou won first place in the Senior Ensemble Division of the Tri-County Youth Festival Competition with Dorsin Chang, piano performing Brahms’ Scherzo in c minor, Op. woo2, Sonatensatz F-A-E. Helenmarie is a student of Hirono Oka and the recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Isaiah Kim, cello, won first place in the Junior Strings Division of the Tri-County Youth Festival Competition. Isaiah is a student of Metta Watts and a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Allison Janney, a member of Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble, won first place in the Voorhees Concerto Competition of the Allentown Symphony. As the winner, Allison will perform with the Allentown Symphony in November 2013.

Emily DeLia, a member of Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble, is a recipient of the 2012 Paul W. Hofreiter Memorial Scholarship at Westminster Conservatory. Emily will also perform in a concert to honor Mr. Hofreiter at Gll Memorial Chapel at Rider University this May.

Isaiah Kim, cello student of Metta Watts won first place in the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra Youth Competition, receiving the Jeanne Marvin Phillips prize. As  winner, Isaiah will perform the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the orchestra in December of 2013.

Jason Vassiliou, violin, won second place in the Bucks Symphony Orchestra Youth Competition. Jason is a student of Hirono Oka and the recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep. 

Amber Mecke, a member of Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble, won first place in the Garden State American Association of Christian Schools State Competition in the instrumental string solo division. As a state winner, Amber qualified to audition for the American Association of Christian Schools National Competition where she won third place in the instrumental string solo division. (Solo string division includes violins, violas, celli, and classical guitar.)

Anya Garipoli, Amber Mecke, Olivia Castor, and Alison Janney, members of the Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble have been invited by Elizabeth Hainen, principal harpist of The Philadelphia Orchestra to participate in a benefit concert for the Lyra Society. On April 5th the four young harpists accompany Ann Hobson Pilot (former principal harpist with the Boston Symphony and graduate of Girls High) in a performance of Grandjany’s Aria in Classic Style at Philadelphia High School for Girls. The Youth Harp Ensemble is directed by Kimberly Rowe.

Beatrice Hsieh, violin student of Helen Kwalwasser, and Elizabeth Lee, cello student of Metta Watts, are co-winners of the Lansdowne Symphony Competition. Beatrice is also a recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Sein An, violin, won honorable mention in the Junior Division of the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Student Competition. Sein is a student of Dr. Eduard Schmieder and a recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Four of the six winners at the American Harp Society’s Philadelphia Chapter 2013 Student Competition were members of our Youth Harp Ensemble :
In the Senior Pedal Harp Division
First Prize: Anya Garipoli
Second Prize: Allison Janney
Third Prize: Felicity Bell
and
In the Junior Pedal Harp Division
First Prize: Sarina Marone

CMSP News for Winter/Spring 2013

Beatrice Hsieh, violin, is the 2012-13 winner of the Music Prep Concerto Competition and the second recipient of the Nancy W. Hess Concerto Competition Prize. She performed the first movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major with Maestro Luis Biava and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra on Friday, February 15, at the Temple Performing Arts Center. This entire concert is available on Livestream via the internet. Beatrice is a student of Professor Emeritus Helen Kwalwasser, recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship at Music Prep, and concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra. Please join us in supporting Beatrice and the TU Symphony Orchestra at this free public concert. Most recently, Beatrice also won first place in the Newtown Chamber Orchestra Young Musicians Competition. As winner, she will perform the first movement of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the orchestra in April 2013. In addition, she has been invited to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America this summer. As a member of NYO-USA, Beatrice will work with orchestra director James Ross and principal players from some of America’s top orchestras during a residency at Purchase College in Purchase, New York this summer and then embark on a tour with maestro Valery Gergiev and violin soloist Joshua Bell, traveling to Washington, DC, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and London.

Sein An, violin student of Dr. Eduard Schmieder, is one of two winners of the Cairn University OYCA Concerto Competition. She will perform as soloist with the Cairn Symphony Orchestra on their May 2013 concert. Sein is also a recipient of a Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Cellist, Isaiah Kim, winner of the 2012 Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition’s Children’s Division, will perform the first movement from the Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on February 16.

Members of our Classic Strings joined with students of 10 youth music organizations for the "Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians" at Philadelphia High School for Girls, February 18 (President’s Day). Students enjoyed a full day of rehearsing and socializing that culminated in a concert. This event was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article.

Fareed Simpson-Hankins, CMSP trumpet student of Franchetti, was selected for All-State jazz band. Fareed is a junior at Central High School.

CMSP Jazz Orchestra has once again been invited to participate in the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in March. It involves a day of performing, adjudication, and workshops with clinicians such as Grammy award winner, Terell Stafford.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the 1987 march on Washington to free Soviet Jews, the Jewish Federation of Omaha hosted a concert featuring Duo Dmitri (Flute and Piano Duo) with Luba Agranovsky from the Temple Music Prep piano faculty.

Beatrice Hsieh, violin student of Professor Emeritus Helen Kwalwasser, won first place and Sein An, violin student of Dr. Eduard Schmieder won third place in the Kennett Symphony of Chester County 2012 Instrumental Competition. Both winners are recipients of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Beatrice Hsieh, violin, has been selected as the winner of the 31st Annual Delaware County Symphony Concerto Competition for Young Musicians. Miss Hsieh, a violin student of Helen Kwalwasser, is recipient of a Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep and also concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra. As winner, she will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major with the Delaware County Symphony at the May 5, 2013 concert.

Luba Agranovsky, Music Prep piano faculty member, joins members of The Philadelphia Orchestra in a chamber music concert. The concert, featuring music of Milhaud, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff, takes place on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 pm in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater.

Congratulations to our Community Music Scholars Program wind students who participated in a side-by-side performance of October by Eric Whitacre with the Temple University Wind Symphony conducted by Dr. Emily Threinen. The performance was held on October 31 at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

Sein An, violin student of Dr. Eduard Schmieder, won the junior high violin division in the Philadelphia Korean Musicians Association competition and then won the Grand Prize at the competition’s winners concert in June 2012. Sein also was one of 30 performers selected to perform in the final prize winners concert of the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum in Austria this August. The 30 winners were selected from among the 1,000 musicians that had participated in the academy sessions this summer.

Sejung An, cello student of Metta Watts won the junior high cello division in the Philadelphia Korean Musicians Association competition in June 2012.

In July 2012, James Palmer was awarded Second Prize in the International Young Artists Piano Competition in Washington, DC. On August 1, he performed with other prize winners at Ward Hall during the Washington Piano Festival at The Catholic University of America. James is a student of Sandrine Erdely-Sayo.

 

2011-12
James Palmer, piano student of Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Senior Piano Division of the Tri-County Competition.

YCO alumna, Anastasia Falasca, violin, a scholarship student at Indiana University with Jorga Fleezanis has been invited to return to Das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany) as well as to participate in the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, touring Chile and Patagonia this summer with YOA.

This May, the Young Artists Harp Ensemble, part of Temple Music Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, embarked on a tour to Ancenis, France, to perform at the Festival Internationale de Harpe. The group was one of only five harp ensembles from around the world and the only pre-college ensemble that was invited to perform. While on tour they gave six concerts around the town of Ancenis along with a featured performance at the Theatre Quartier Libre.

Austin Berman, Amy, Semes, and Carolyn Semes, violin, were co-winners of the Old York Road Symphony Competition held in May 2012. All three violinists are members of the Youth Chamber Orchestra and recipients of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Tyler Tritt, trumpet, was recently selected as lead trumpet in the 2012 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra as part of the 55th Annual Monterery Jazz Festival and will tour with them to Japan this summer. Tyler studies with Michael Franchetti in the Community Music Scholars Program and is a member of the CMSP Jazz Orchestra under the leadership of Jason O'Mara.

Katherine Loboda, a piano student of Luba Agranovsky, won first place in the Golden Key Music Festival this year. As winner Katherine will be performing Khatchaturian’s Toccata at Carnegie Hall on May 25, 2012.


The following students from Music Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians received recognition in the 2012 Tri-County Competition:
Austin Berman*, violin, Winner (Senior String Division), member of Youth Chamber Orchestra and student of the late William DePasquale
Daniel Kim*, violin, Winner (Junior String Division), member of Youth Chamber Orchestra and is a student of Yumi Scott.
Derek Shan, violin, Second Place (Junior String Division), concert master in Baroque Players
Sophie Fortunato, violin, Honorable Mention (Senior String Division), member of Youth Chamber Orchestra
Jacqueline Wu, violin, Honorable Mention (Junior String Division), member of Chamber Players Orchestra.
*Recipients of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Amber Mecke, harp, won first in the Garden State Association of Christian Schools' Fine Arts Competition for instrumental string solo (harp) and small instrumental ensemble (harp and clarinet). As a first place winner at the state level, Amber was eligible for the American Association of Christian Schools' National Competition held in Greenville, SC. where she placed third for her string solo and second place for small ensemble. Amber is a member of the Young Artists Harp Ensemble of Music Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

Christopher Cute, string bass, performed as principal bassist at the PMEA District XII and Regional VI Music Festivals as well as at the Philadelphia High School All-City Music Festival. Chris is a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players Orchestra of the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, the Community Music Scholars Program at Temple Music Prep, and is a student of Benjamin Blazer.

Simon Housner, a cellist in the Chamber Players Orchestra of the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, is one of four winners of the 2012 Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Young Artists’ Auditions and will perform with the Lansdowne Symphony at the Young Artists' Concert during the 2012-2013 concert season.

Recent winners of the Warminster Symphony Young Artists Competition are Austin Berman, violin, in the Youth Division and Isaiah Kim, cello, in the Children's Division. Both are members of the Youth Chamber Orchestra. Austin is also a recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Winners of the 2012 Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Student Competition for the Junior and Children Instrumental Divisions are cellists, Bihn Park and Isaiah Kim respectively. Bihn, a student of Metta Watts and Thomas Kraines, holds the Orlando Cole cello chair of the Youth Chamber Orchestra. Isaiah, a student of Metta Watts is also a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Amy Semes, concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, gave a successful performance of Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto in F-sharp Minor with the Newark (DE) Symphony as the winner of its youth concerto competition. Amy will also perform the Wieniawski concerto with the Delaware County Symphony Orchestra in May as the winner of that orchestra’s youth concerto competition. Amy is a student of Daniel Han and the recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Zachary Mowitz, cellist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, won 3rd place in the 15-22 year old senior division of the 2011 Adelphi Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition and performed Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata in recital at Dimenna Center for Classical Music in NYC in March. Zachary has also won the following competitions: Newtown Chamber Orchestra Young Musicians Competition performing with that orchestra in March; the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and the Summit Symphony Young Artists Competition performing with both orchestras in May; and the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition playing an entire concerto in May 2013.

Music Prep Starling Scholarship Alumni updates:
-Robyn Bollinger is a Junior at New England Conservatory on full scholarship, (studying with Miriam Fried), and was invited to Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, in 2011 - 1 of only 3 Americans were invited. She was also invited to TaosSchool of Music, for its chamber music festival in 2010. Robyn has received top prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in France, the Louis Spohr International Competition in Germany, the Kingsville International Competition, the Aspen Music Festival Violin Competition, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Competition, the Albert M. Greenfield Competition and the Blount-Slawson International Competition. She has also been recognized and awarded special prizes for her performances of Bach and Beethoven at several competitions.

-Anastasia Falasca is a Junior at Indiana University

-Fabiola "Farah" Kim is a Junior at Juilliard, invited to Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia in 2011. She has appeared as soloist throughout Korea and the United States. She comes from a musical family, as her father, Daejin Kim, a renowned pianist, also won the Juilliard Concerto Competition in 1984. Ms. Kim, who was born in 1991, was the youngest competitor in the history of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra ever to win the Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. After beginning her studies at the age of five, she made her concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra just three years later. She also has appeared as soloist with the Suwon, Kangnam, and Korean Symphony, Köln Chamber Orchestra, and the North Czech Philharmonic, among others. Ms. Kim has received numerous awards, including the Kumho Prodigy Music Award, an award given to the most promising young musicians in Korea. She has been accepted as a merit scholarship student in the Ishikawa Music Festival in Japan, the Courchevel Music Festival in France, and the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado. She is a prizewinner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. Ms. Kim studied at the Korean National University of Arts with Nam Yun Kim before moving to the United States to study with Kyung Wha Chung in Juilliard’s Pre-College Division. She is in her third year of the bachelor of music program at Juilliard where she studies with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. She was selected to perform the Christopher Rouse Concerto in Avery Fisher Hall with Alan Gilbert and the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra on March 2. Fabiola was a Starling Violin Scholarship recipient at Temple Music Prep in 2006-07, and was a featured soloist with the Youth Chamber Orchestra on From the Top in spring, 2007.

-Anne Ku is a senior at Juilliard (full scholarship), entertaining graduate schools, and part of Member Ensemble 212 in NY.

-Justine Lamb-Budge studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian and Joseph Silverstein. She has performed in venues including Field Concert Hall, the Strathmore Center, The Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center, and at Carnegie Hall. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Federal Way Symphony of Seattle, the Festival of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Americas in Puerto Rico, and the Youth Chamber Orchestra of Temple University Music Preparatory Division, where she was concertmaster and a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship four years in a row. She works as a substitute violinist with the Symphony in C and the New World Symphony, and recently (Fall 2011) was appointed concertmaster of the National Philharmonic of Bethesda, Maryland. Ms. Lamb-Budge was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. This summer, she will be collaborating with Time For Three and other Curtis alumni for Curtis on Tour. She was selected as a participant in the 2011 Starling-Delay Symposium at Juilliard.

-Bryan Lee graduated from the Curtis Institute, won numerous competitions, (Stulberg, won Phila. Orch. Greenfield twice) founded Old City String Quartet, ensemble in residence at Curtis for several years, won Fischoff Competition, now ensemble-in-residence at Shepherd School of Rice University

-Jamie Lee is a junior at Indiana University (full scholarship) – the only undergraduate student accepted by Jaime Laredo in 2009

-Hansaem Lim just completed a Bachelor/Master's at Juilliard, and is a regular sub in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.

-Rachel Rudoi, Acting Associate Concertmaster, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

-Clare Semes is a Sophomore at Juilliard School, the only Freshman accepted by Donald Weilerstein and placed in the Juilliard Concertmaster "pool" in 2010-11....this is a huge recognition at Juilliard and, elsewhere. Clare was invited to Kneisel Hall for the summer of 2011. Clare has appeared as a soloist with the Riverside Symphonia, the Hershey Symphony, the Ocean City Pops, the Ambler Symphony, the Bucks County Symphony, the Old York Road Symphony, the Temple University Orchestra, the Youth Chamber Orchestra, Strings International Music Festival, and the Newark (Delaware) Symphony. She has been a guest soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic, appearing live at the Shanghai Concert Hall on its weekly radio broadcast. She was also an invited guest soloist for the Macau Youth Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary Concert. Clare has appeared on NPR’s From The Top, on Hong Kong’s RTHK radio show Children’s Corner, and on numerous Philadelphia-area radio broadcasts. Currently, she holds the A.H. Kuhn Memorial Scholarship at Juilliard. Clare received the First Place Prize in the 2010 NFAA Young Arts Competition.

-Maria Semes is a senior at Juilliard, has graduate school offers from the University of Michigan, Shepherd School at Rice, and is awaiting news from Juilliard and Eastman. Maria served as Concertmaster of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra during the 2007-2008 season. She has attended The Aspen Music Festival as a Fellowship recipient, playing in the Academy Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony.

-Adriana Sokoski is a senior at Juilliard, currently engaged with graduate schools, including Juilliard.

-Elena Urioste was named Chicago's "best" soloist in 2011 in Chicago Symphony Season. Elena most recently was awarded the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence by the Sphinx Organization honoring her as one of three young musicians whose accomplishments distinguish them among musicians of color. While at Music Prep, Elena was concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra in 2003 and a recipient of the Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Pre-Starling Scholarship Music Prep Violin Alumni:
-Ellen DePasquale, Former Assistant Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra, current Associate Concertmaster, St. Louis Symphony

-Amy Lee, Current Associate Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra
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Hannah Lam, violinist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra and recipient of the Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep, won the 2012 Young Artist Competitions of both the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra and Philadelphia Biblical University Symphony and will be soloing with each orchestra this May.

The Temple University Music Preparatory Honors String Quartet which includes: 16-year-old violinist Amy Semes, 14-year-old violinist Brenden Zak, 17-year-old violist Tiffany Laraia, and 15-year-old cellist Sangbin “Bihn” Park are performing String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, (“Death and the Maiden”) by Franz Schubert on the award winning NPR radio show, From the Top. The preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians, From the Top is hosted by Christopher O'Riley. Amy and Brenden are recipients of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep. All four students hold principal chairs in the Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Center for Gifted Young Musicians at Music Prep. (Both Amy and Bihn have appeared on From the Top as soloists in earlier seasons.)

Tyler Tritt is one of only 30 high-school musicians from across the country selected to participate in this year’s Grammy Jazz Camp. Held in Los Angeles in the week preceding the 2012 Grammy Awards, the camp is hosted by the Grammy in the Schools Foundation, which promotes music education and performance. Tyler, a member of Music Prep’s Community Music Scholars Program since 2005 and lead trumpet in the CMSP Jazz Orchestra will play lead trumpet in the High School Grammy Band when they perform with past Grammy winners and nominees at various Grammy Week events this year. Tyler and his fellow Grammy Jazz Camp members will also record an album for Capitol Records. Tyler has been a student of Michael Franchetti (Temple alumnus) at CMSP since 2006.

This year’s Kennett Symphony Competition winners in the Junior Division include three Music Prep students: 1st place - Jason Vassiliou, violin; 3rd place - Daniel Kim, cello for 7th & 8th grades and 3rd place - Jaqueline Wu, violin, for 4th through 6th grades. Jason is a student of Hirono Oka and Daniel, a student of Metta Watts. All three are members of the Chamber Players Orchestra of Music Prep's Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

Arin Edelstein, 14 year old participant in Broadway Triple Threat-Philly offered through Temple Music Prep in the summer of 2011, performed the role of Jenny in Aspects of Love at the Walnut Street Theater in fall 2011.

Jack Saint Clair, senior saxophone student of Jason O’Mara and a member of the Community Music Scholars Program, auditioned and was selected to play principal flute in All City Orchestra as well as principal clarinet in All City Band.

Bihn Park, cello student of Thomas Kraines and winner of the Orlando Cole cello chair of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, is the first place winner of this year's Kennett Symphony Competition.

Helenmarie Vassiliou, violin student of Hirono Oka and a Starling Scholarship recipient at Temple Music Prep, won honorable mention in the 2011 Kennett Symphony Competition.

Tiffany Laraia, principal viola in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, is a semi-finalist in the Junior Division of the Sphinx Competition. Her brother and alumna, Steven Laraia, viola, is a semi-finalist in the Senior Division of the Sphinx Competition. Both will travel to Detroit for the Finals held in February 2012

Matthew Eng, piano, won first place in the Junior Division of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Piano Competition and performed at the NJMTA Conference in November.

Hannah Lam, violin student of Choong-Jin Chang and a Starling Scholarship recipient at Temple Music Prep, will be performing with the Old York Road Symphony during its 2011-2012 season as a winner of its 2011 Young Artist Competition.

Taylor Duggan, clarinet student of Rie Suzuki and named a National Hispanic Scholar last year, was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Arizona, Tucson.

 

2010-11
Lucas Scott, voice student of Courtney Ames, will be singing the solo in "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" during the Philadelphia Boys Choir's western tour this season.

Tyler Tritt, trumpet student of Michael Franchetti (TU alum) and a member of the CMSP Jazz Orchestra, auditioned and was accepted into the PMEA District Band and District Orchestra, All-State Jazz Band as lead trumpet for the second year, and as first chair, lead trumpet in All-Eastern Jazz Band. (All-Eastern is made up of the best students on the East Coast.)

Hannah Lam, violin, performs on the April 30th Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concert as the winner of the 2010 Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition. Hannah is a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, a recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep, and a student of Ellen dePasquale.

Jason Vassiliou, a violinist in the Chamber Players Orchestra, won first place in the Junior Strings Division of the Tri-County Concerts Association Youth Music Festival 2011 auditions. Jason is a student of Ellen dePasquale at Temple Music Prep.

Derek Shan, a violinist in the Baroque Players received Honorable Mention in the Junior Strings Division of the Tri-County Concerts Association Youth Music Festival 2011 auditions.

The Young Artists Harp Ensemble, under the direction of Kimberly Rowe, was featured in March at the Mid-Atlantic Harp Festival, in McLean, Va. In April the ensemble will perform at The Philadelphian as part of a concert series for the residents, while in May, the Young Artists Harp Ensemble will participate in the Festival de la Harpe, in Princeton N.J., where they will give the U.S. premiere of a new work by French harpist/composer, Bernard Andres.

CMSP student, Jack Saint Clair was accepted into PMEA Regional Band on clarinet. Jack also was accepted as the lead tenor sax in the UArts Regional Philadelphia High School All-Star Jazz Band (formerly Grammy High School Jazz band).

Helenmarie Vassiliou, a violinist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, was a soloist with Old York Road Symphony this March and with Bucks County Symphony this past December as a winner of both of their 2010 concerto competitions. Helenmarie is a Starling Scholarship recipient and a student of Hirono Oka.

Brenden Zak, violin student of Hirono Oka and Hansaem Rue, violin, both members of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, are recipients of the 2010-2011 Menges Scholarship Award. As scholarship winners, Brenden and Hansaem were soloists with the Ambler Symphony Orchestra in February 2011.

YCO alumnus, Paul Laraia, viola, won first place in the senior division of the Sphinx Competition presented by DTE Energy Foundation.

Claire Buhr, violin, a student of Estelle Kerner, is a soloist with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County for their spring concert on April 9, 2011 at Maple Point Middle School in Langhorne, PA. Claire will play Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A Minor, Op. 28.

Helen Gerhold and Ruth Boyajian, both members of Music Prep's Young Artist Harp Ensemble directed by Kimberly Rowe, have been invited to perform as soloists in the "Focus on Youth Concerts" at the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada this summer.

The Community Music Scholars Program Jazz Orchestra (directed by Jason O’Mara) and String Ensemble (directed by Benjamin Blazer) have been invited by The Harmonia Music Club of Lebanon to perform at 3:00 on March 26, 2011 at Eastern Lebanon County Intermediate School located at 100 Evergreen Drive Myerstown, PA 17067. This concert is free and open to the public.

Sein An, a violinist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra won the Temple University Music Prep Concerto Competition this year. Sein will be performing the third movement of the Glasounov Violin Concerto with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Luis Biava at the Temple Performing Arts Center on February 11 and at Haverford's Centennial Hall on February 13. Sein is a violin student of Choong-Jin Chang through Temple Music Prep.

Jack Saint Clair, a student in the Community Music Scholars Program, is the winner of the All-Philadelphia High School Orchestra Concerto Competition. Jack will perform the Glazounov Concerto for Alto Saxophone at the Kimmel Center on March 9, 2011 as part of the All City Orchestra Concert. Jack also was selected to All-City Orchestra and District Band both on Clarinet. Jack is a student of Jason O’Mara.

Fourteen-year-old harpist, Helen Gerhold has been selected as a finalist in From the Top and Carnegie Hall’s Big Break, an online contest looking for the best young musicians in America. Helen is a member of the Young Artist Harp Ensemble in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Helen will perform in the Young Artists Showcase with From the Top Host Christopher O'Riley at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in New York, on Saturday April 9 at 1:00 PM.

Bihn Park, cello student of Metta Watts is the winner of the 2010 Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teachers Association’s (PADESTA) solo competition in the Junior Division. The PADESTA competition is held every two years and as a chapter winner, Bihn is eligible to participate in the National ASTA competition in March.

 

2009-10
Pianist, Katherine Loboda, a student of Luba Agranovsky, was a Gold Medal winner in the Golden Key Music Festival. As a winner, Katherine performed at Carnegie Hall in May 2010.

Clare Semes,violin, was the first place winner of both the 7th Biennial Caprio I Young Artist Competition conducted by the Riverside Symphonia and the Newark Symphony Orchestra Competition. Clare was also a finalist in the Young Arts Program of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and attended the finals in Florida January 10-17, 2010 receiving a Level I award. Clare, a student of Choong-Jin Chang, is a recipient of the Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep and concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Helenmarie Vassiliou, violin, was the winner of the 2010 Bucks County Symphony Orchestra Competition and took first place in the Kennett Symphony Young Artists' Junior Competition. Helenmarie was also awarded first place in the Junior Ensemble Division of the Tri-County Concerts Association Annual Youth Festival auditions along with pianist, Dorsin Chang. Helenmarie, a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra and student of Hirono Oka, is a recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

A cellist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, Bradley Forrest Berman is a recipient of the 2009/2010 Ambler Symphony Menges Scholarship Award and will appear as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony during their 2009/2010 season. He was also the first place winner in the Senior Division of the 2009 Landsdowne Symphony Competition.

Lucas Scott was a candidate in the Philadelphia Boys Choir and recently was accepted as a Full Member in the choir. Lucas is a voice student of Courtney Ames.

Daniel Kim, violin, won second place in the Junior Strings Division of the Tri-County Association Annual Youth Festival auditions. Daniel is a violin student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott and the recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep. He is also a member of the Chamber Players Orchestra.

Evan Sweitzer and Yun Dutoit received High Honors at the Philadelphia Music Teachers Association Spring Festival held at Temple University on March 7th, 2010. Both young pianists study with Joao Paulo Casarotti, a member of the Temple Music Prep piano faculty.

A violin student of Ellen dePasquale, Austin Haley Berman won second place in the Kennett Symphony Young Artists’ Junior Competition and is a recipient of the 2009/2010 Ambler Symphony Menges Scholarship Award. He will appear as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony during their 2009/2010 season. Austin is also a recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep and a member of the Chamber Players Orchestra.

Austin Haley Berman, violin, and Bradley Forrest Berman, cello, were awarded the first place in the Senior Ensemble Division of the Tri-County Concerts Association Festival auditions as the "Easttown Duo." The students for this ensemble were coached by Ellen dePasquale.
Jason Vassiliou, violin, and his piano trio were awarded a Silver Medal for the Golden Key Music Festival Auditions and will perform in a winners’ recital at Carnegie Hall. Jason is member of Baroque Players and a student of Julian Meyer.

The winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition (Children’s Division) is Hannah Lam. A violin student of Ellen dePasquale and a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, Hannah performed as a soloist with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey on April 19, 2009. She is a recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

From the Top, the non-profit organization best known for its NPR and PBS programs featuring America's best young classical musicians, has awarded 12-year-old cellist Sangbin (Bihn) Park from Haverford, PA with a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. He will be heard on a broadcast of From the Top WRTI 90.1 FM at 2 pm Sunday, September 27. Bihn, a student of Metta Watts has also won first place in the Junior Strings Division of the Tri-County Association Annual Youth Festival auditions.

Nathan Watts, cellist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, is the first place winner in the Instrumental Division of the Kennett Symphony Competition.

Violinist, Arianna Schickel, a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, won second place winner in the Instrumental Division of the Kennett Symphony Competition.

Katherine Baloff, violin member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, was named Concertmaster of the New Jersey All State Orchestra. Katherine was also named Concertmaster of the South Jersey Regional State Orchestra competition.

Violinists Maria Semes, Clare Semes, Amy Semes, Carolyn Semes will perform with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor, Gao Jian on Sept. 6, 2009 at 10:30 at the Shanghai Concert Hall. The program will include Ravel's Tzigane, Saint-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28, Gipsy Airs, Op. 20 by Sarasate and Bach's Double Violin Concerto in D minor BWV 1043. All four sisters are students of Choong-Jin Chang through Music Prep. Clare and Amy are current recipients of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep. Maria, an alumna of Music Prep, was a former recipient of the Starling Scholarship.

The 2009 Bucks County Symphony Youth Competition winners were Amy Semes, violin (14) and Bihn (Sangbin) Park, cello (12). Amy is a student of Choong-Jin Chang and Bihn is a student of Metta Watts.

Elena Urioste, former concertmaster of the YCO, is one of three recipients of the prestigious London Music Masters Awards. As part of this 3-year award, Ms. Urioste will make her Wigmore Hall debut on Tuesday October 20th, 2009, performing works by Schubert, Prokofiev, and Hubay.

 

2008-09
Bradley Berman, cellist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, was the first place winner (Senior Division) of the Kennett Symphony Orchestra Competition for 2008-2009.

Jason Vassiliou recently won the 2009 Delaware Valley Philharmonic Symphony's Musical Composition Competition. An orchestrated version of a quartet he composed was played by the Symphony on March 28, 2009. Jason is a violin student of Julian Meyer.

Anastasia Falasca finished first place in the West Chester University Annual Piano Competition and performs on April 19, 2009 at the Gates Recital Hall. Anastasia is a Starling Scholarship recipient at Temple Music Prep studying violin with Kim Fisher and participates in the Center for Gifted Young Musician's Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Cellist, Bihn Park, a student of Metta Watts, won first place in the 2008-09 Pottstown Symphony Competition. Bihn was also the recent winner of the Junior Division of the 2008 PADESTA Solo Competition.

Daniel Kim, violin, took second place in the Kennett Symphony Competition's Junior Division. Daniel is a student of Julian Meyer and the recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Jamie (Yerim) Lee, violin (student of Richard Amoroso and Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep recipient) performed with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, February 15, 2009 as the Temple Music Prep competition winner.

Starling Scholarship violinist, Mary Loftus, was a semi-finalist in the Sphinx Competition for the second year in a row. Mary studies violin with Yumi Ninomiya Scott.

Clare Semes, co-concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra and recipient of the Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep, recently won second place in the Schmidbauer International Young Artists Competition. She was also a finalist in in the Blount Slawson Competition in Alabama during January. Clare studies violin with Choong-Jin Chang.

Clarinetist, Walter Park was chosen to be one of eight musicians for the All Eastern Wind Ensemble this year as a result of last year's PA All-State auditions. Walter is a student of Rie Suzuki.

Also a student of Rie Suzuki, Christian Yoon received 10th place in this year's All-Eastern Wind Ensemble, serving as the second alternate of the clarinet section.

Violinist, Hannah Lam is the winner of the age 11 and under Division of the 2008 ASTA/NJ Solo Competition and was invited to perform in a winners recital at Kean University on February 1. She will also perform as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony Orchestra this season. Hannah is a student of Hirono Oka and a recipient of the Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Jack Saint Clair, a saxophone student of Jason O'Mara and theory student of Ben Blazer in the Community Music Scholars Program, was the 2008 First Place Winner in DOWNBEAT's 31st Annual Student Music Awards in the "Original Song" category for his composition, "On a Blue Note." Jack's faculty advisor at the J.R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, Kim Neu, had submitted his composition in the junior high school division. The announcement appeared in the June 2008 issue of Downbeat Magazine.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2008-09 Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep:
Susanna Davenport
Anastasia Falasca
Grace Ju
Daniel Kim
Hannah Lam
Jamie Lee
Mary Loftus
Amy Semes
Clare Semes
Wenley Tong

Helenmarie Vassiliou, violin, was a second place winner at the Tri-County Concerts Association Youth Festival Competition in the spring of 2008. She is also a soloist with the Ocean City Pops in July 2008. Last year she soloed with Ambler Symphony as a winner of the Menges Scholarship Competition and also received an honorable mention in the 2007 Lansdowne Symphony Concerto Competition. Helenmarie is a student of Hirono Oka.

Violinists, Daniel Kim and Hannah Lam, were winners in the Junior Division of the Ambler Symphony Menges Scholarship and will perform with the Ambler Symphony as soloists in the 2008-09 season. Daniel is a student of Julian Meyer and Hannah, a student of Hirono Oka. Both are recipients of a Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

 

2007-08
Piano student, Thao Nguyen, won a gold medal for the Golden Key Music Festival Competition for 2007-2008 and performs a work by Heitor Villa Lobos on June 1st at Cabrini College. In addition, Thao and fellow piano student, Quincy Wolfson received high honors at the Philadelphia Music Teachers National Association Competition. Both are piano students of Joao Paulo Casarotti.

Grace Ju, violin, recently won first place at both the Tri-County and Ambler Symphony Competitions. Grace is a recipient of the Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep studying with Kimberly Fisher.

A member of Baroque Players in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, Zachary Mowitz, cellist, was selected to perform in the Handler Master Class series with Peter Wiley on March 3 at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades.

Temple Music Prep students were winners and finalists in The Philadelphia Orchestra's Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition this year:
Bihn Park (cello) Winner - Children's Division (student of Orlando Cole and Metta Watts)
Justine Lamb-Budge (violin) Finalist - Junior Division (student of Kim Fisher and recipient of Starling Scholarship)
Clare Semes (violin) Finalist - Junior Division (student of Choong-Jin Chang and recipient of Starling Scholarship)


and Prep Alumni:
Brian Lee (violin) Winner - Senior Division
William Frampton (viola) Finalist - Senior Division.

This year's Sphinx Competition was won by Temple Music Prep alumna, Elena Urioste (violin) in the Senior Division. In the Junior Division, Steven Laraia (viola) took Second Place and Mary Loftus (violin) received the Junior Achievement Award as one of the semi-finalists. Steven studies viola with Che-Hung Chen and Mary is a violin student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott.

Former concert master of Music Prep's Youth Chamber Orchestra, Amy Lee, has recently been named Associate Concert Master of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Three clarinet students of Rie Suzuki, 11th graders Walter Park and Christian Yoon, and 10th graders, Brian Lee placed in the top 10 seats for the PMEA District Band/Orchestra auditions in District 11 with Walter taking first place. All three clarinetists will proceed to the PA Regional Auditions in January 2008.

As winner of the 2007-08 Youth Orchestra of Bucks County Concerto Competition, Joshua Hanson , cello, performed Saint-Saëns' Concerto No. 1 in a minor with the Youth Orchestra in November. Joshua is a student of Orlando Cole and Metta Watts and is a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra at Temple Music Prep.

Natalie Kress, a first violinist in Music Prep's Youth Chamber Orchestra was the third place winner of the 2007 Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition.

Young pianist, Anna Bates, won first prize at the National Bob Jones University High School Competition in Greensville, SC. A student of Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, Anna was one of 75 competitors nationwide.

Music Prep students, Maria, Clare, Carolyn and Amy Semes, performed on the Boyer's concert series, “First Tuesdays @ Noon” on October 2 at the Learning Center at the Temple Ambler Campus.

 

2006-07
A member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, Sarah Rommel, cello, was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music and will begin her studies in Fall 2007.

Katherine Loboda, a piano student of Luba Agranovsky was the first place winner at the Golden Key Music Festival. As winner, Katherine performed at Carnegie Hall on May 25, 2007.

Lauren and Jordan Blackwell participated in a Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association sponsored recital at the Franklin Institute on May 12, 2007. Both children are students of Caroline Goberman.

Music Prep soloists, Fabiola Kim, violin, Julia Sheriff, piano and the Youth Chamber Orchestra are to be featured on the From the Top national radio show. The live performance will take place at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 10. Tickets are available through the Kimmel Center: 215.893.1999 or kimmelcenter.org.

Temple Music Prep clarinetists, Christian Yoon and Walter Park (both grade 10), after winning the Pennsylvania District auditions, have advanced to the Regional and State Band and Orchestra. Christian Yoon advanced to the PA Regional Band. Walter Park was chosen principal clarinetist for both PA Regional Band and Orchestra, as well as principal for the PA All State Orchestra. Both are students of Dr. Rie Suzuki.

The Community Music Scholars Program Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Jason O'Mara, was invited to participate in the "Essentially Ellington" Eastern Regional High School Jazz Band Festival. The festival was held at the main campus of Temple University on Thursday, March 8, 2007. Nine regional bands participated in the event, having an opportunity to play and be evaluated by such Jazz greats as Bill Cunliffe, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts and others. The event was co-sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Anne Ku, violin student of Jason DePue and Julia Sheriff, piano student of Dr. Charles Abramovic were finalists in the Junior Division of the 2006-07 Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition.

Temple Music Prep was recently awarded a grant from the Greenfield Foundation to support the Modern Dance class of the Community Music Scholars Program. The Modern Dance class, open to Philadelphia school children ages 8-12, will be offered on the Main Campus of Temple University in fall 2007. Recruitment for this program will focus on the neighborhoods and schools in the North Philadelphia area.

Jason Karlyn of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, was principal violist in the 2007 All-Eastern-Honors Orchestra in Hartford, CT. This ensemble is comprised of students selected from their All-State orchestras from Maine to Maryland. Jason competed against 21 other violists at the festival to earn first chair. Jason is a student of Che-Hung Chen.

Jenny Zhong, a piano student of Caroline Goberman, has been awarded a music scholarship to Hallahan High School.

A member of the Center for Gifted Young Musicians' Baroque Players and its principle second violinist, Arianna Schickle is the winner of the Ambler Symphony Orchestra's Menges Scholarship for 2006-07. As winner, Arianna will perform Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole with the Ambler Symphony on February 25 at the Upper Dublin Lutheran Church.

This year's winner of the Temple University Music Prep Concerto Competition is Anne Ku, violin student of Jason DePue. Anne will be playing the Walton Violin Concerto with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Biava this coming February 11, 2007 at Haverford School's Centennial Hall.

Three clarinet students of Rie Suzuki have recently won auditions for district honor bands/orchestras:Chelsea Hutchings (grade 9) for All South Jersey Concert Band; Christian Yoon (grade 10) for the Pennsylvania District 11 Band; and Walter Park (grade 10) as principal clarinet for the Pennsylvania District 11 Band/Orchestra.

Yerim Lee, violin student of Yumi Scott and member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, became the 2006-07 winner of the Kennett Symphony Competition. She will be performing Paganini's Violin Concerto in d minor with the Kennett Symphony on June 14 and 16, 2007. Ms. Lee is also the recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

In October, Julia Sheriff, piano student of Boyer College of Music and Dance faculty member, Charles Abramovic, won first place in the Cunningham Piano Young Artist Competition which was hosted by Temple University's WRTI. Along with a cash prize of $1,000.00, WRTI will broadcast Julia in a solo performance. A scheduled performance with the Estonia Piano Company will also follow. In November Julia was the first place winner in the Music Teachers National Association state senior piano competition. This qualifies her to compete in the regional competition in January 2007.

Robyn Bollinger, concert master of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, participated in a violin master class with Jennifer Koh at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, October 20, 2006. Robyn is a student of Soovin Kim.

Ruben Jeon, piano, former student of Prof. Harvey Wedeen through Temple Music Prep, earned a full four-year scholarship to Indiana University School of Music and will begin his studies there in Fall 2006.

Jean (Hyun Jin) Park, piano and former Temple Music Prep student of Prof. Harvey Wedeen, earned a full four-year scholarship to John Hopkins University. Jean will also attend the Peabody Institute of Music while completing her studies at Johns Hopkins U. Jean will begin her studies in pre-med in Fall 2006.

 

2005-06
Adriana Socoski, violin and Meredith Bates, cello, both members of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, were selected by audition to represent the United States of America at the Music Bridge in Tibet held by the China Zongheng Culture and Art. Meredith Bates is a student of Orlando Cole and Metta Watts. Adriana Socoski is a student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Yayoi Numazawa.

Adriana Socoski, violinist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra and student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Yayoi Numazawa, won the Concerto Competition of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Intermediate level. As winner she performed with the Festival of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of the Americas in June 2005 conducted by Maestro Luis Biava. Other winnings include: first place, Atonement Bach Scholarship Competition; 1st place, PA Music Teacher National Assoc., Senior String Division; solo winner, Musical Arts Society Competition (C. Margaretta McHose Memorial scholarship); 2nd place winner, Maryland State Music Teacher Assoc. Chamber Music Competition and 3rd place, David R. Horiwitz Memorial Competition (for violin and piano duo).

A violist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra Temple Music Prep's Center for Gifted Young Musicians, Jason Karlyn, placed second at the 2006 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Music Festival and has been nominated for the All-Eastern Music Festival next year in Hartford, CT. He also soloed with the Ocean City Pops on August 6, 2006, playing the fourth movement of the Telemann Concerto in G Major. Jason is a student of Che-Hung Chen.

Young pianist, Rebekah Lee, won first prize at the Korean Music Association Competition in Philadelphia this past year. Rebekah studies with Sandrine Erdely-Sayo.

10 year old pianist, Sarah Kim, has been selected as a gold medal winner in the Golden Key Music Festival Competition. She will be performing at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 13th. Sarah is a student of Dr. Elena Ayzenberg.

Several Temple Music Prep students participated in a music competition sponsored by the Korean Musicians Association of Philadelphia:
Primary Division in Violin
2nd place - Daniel Kim (2nd grade)
3rd place - Grace Lee (4th grade)
Honorable Mention - Amy Ro (2nd grade)
Junior Division in Violin
3rd place - Jeffrey Ro (9th grade)
The violin students mentioned above study with Julian Meyer.
Primary Division in Piano
2nd place - Sarah Kim (5th grade)
Sarah is a student of Dr. Elena Ayzenberg
Winners will perform in a concert on June 10, 2006 in Ambler, PA.

Walter Park, a clarinet student of Rie Suzuki, recently won the Tri-County Competition, senior division for winds. Walter will be performing the first movement of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto this May accompanied by his sister, Jean Park.

A piano student of Harvey Wedeen, Jean Park won Third Place in the Tri-County Competition, senior division for piano.

A member of the Baroque Players, Anastasia Falasca, violin, has won several competitions this past year. As a violinist, she was the winner of the New Jersey Music Teachers' Award and the Battleground Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Anastasia was also the first place winner of the West Chester University Piano Competition and the Young Pianists Competition of New Jersey. Anastasia was also the second place winner and a recipient of a scholarship from the Steinway Society for 2006.

Members of the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, cellists, Nathan Watts of Baroque Players and Zachary Mowitz of Classic Strings, have been chosen from a statewide audition to participate in a Master Class with cellist, Colin Carr on March 30 at 4:00 at the Thurnauer School of Music of JCC on the Palisades, Tenafy, NJ.

As a finalist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's 2006 Young Artists Competition, 16 year old Nicholas Bodnar, cello, will perform the first movement of the Dvorák Cello Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on April 23, 2006 at 3:00 pm. Nicholas, a student of Orlando Cole, is principal cello in our Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Both gold and silver medals awarded by the Golden Key Music Festival Competition were won by Music Prep piano students: Nathanael Kim (10 yrs. old) and Ellim Kim (8 yrs. old), who study with Sandrine Erdely-Sayo and Sarah Kim (10yrs. old) who studies with Dr. Elena Ayzenberg. As gold medal winners, Nathanael and Sarah will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 20, 2006 at 1:30 pm. Ellim, as the silver medalist, will perform at Merkin Concert Hall at the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center on May 14, 2006 at 2:30 pm.

Mary Loftus, a first violinist in our Baroque Players Chamber Orchestra, was a finalist in the Children's Division of the 2006 Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Student Competition. Another member of that section, Anastasia Falasca, is the first place winner of the Philadelphia Biblical University Young Artist Competition. Anastasia will perform with the Philadelphia Biblical University Orchestra on April 7, 2006 at 7:30 pm.

Alumna and former concert master of the Youth Chamber Orchestra (2000 and 2001) and a graduate student of the Juilliard School, Joanna Frankel, has been selected the concert master of the Juilliard Centennial American Tour Orchestra this season. Beginning with a performance in Avery Fisher Hall, the tour will also include performances in Chicago, Dallas, Irvine, San Diego and Los Angeles.

The Semes Family, Maria, Clare, Amy and Carolyn, (violin) performed the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins with the Ocean City Pops in September and with the Olney Symphony in November 2005. Two of the sisters, Maria and Clare also performed solos with both the Ocean City Pops and the Olney Symphony. Maria and Amy, as the 2004-05 winners of the Ambler Symphony Competition, will perform as soloists with the symphony this January and February.

Trevor Williams, piano student of Prof. Harvey Wedeen, won the New Jersey Music Teachers Award in composition for the second time.

Grant Kot, cello and Justine Lamb-Budge, violin, are the winners of the Senior and Junior Divisions, respectively, of the Tri-County Concerts Association 2005 Competition. Grant is a student of Orlando Cole and Metta Watts, and Justine is a student of Kimberly Fisher. Both students are members of the Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Nicholas Bodnar, cello, a student of Orlando Cole is the 2005 winner of the Delaware County Philharmonic Competition. Nicholas also holds the Orlando Cole Principle Cello Chair in the Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Selected for a live performance of the hit Public Radio International Show FROM THE TOP at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, students Robyn Bollinger, violin and Nicholas Bodnar, cello, and an ensemble featuring 9 of the Temple Music Prep Starling Scholarship winners along with performers from Settlement School of Music were heard on Temple's radio station, WRTI-90.1 FM on September 10, 2005 at 12:30 PM. The show, hosted by Christopher O'Riley, was presented by The Philadelphia Orchestra, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, Settlement Music School and WRTI-FM.

This September, four members of the Temple University Children's Choir performed, on stage with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Singers, Henri Dutilleux's poignant piece commemorating the end of World War II, The Shadows of Time. Our young singers included: Prateek Balasundaram, Benjamin Behrend, Judith Goltz and Amelia Wilber. Performances will take place in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on September 22, 24, 27 and 28 at 8:00 PM and on Friday afternoon, September 23 at 2:00 PM.

 

2004-05
Robyn Bollinger, violin and Nicholas Bodnar, cello, and an ensemble featuring 9 of the Temple Music Prep Starling Scholarship winners were selected for a live performance of the hit Public Radio International Show From the Top at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts presented by The Philadelphia Orchestra, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, Settlement Music School and WRTI-FM. Hosted by Christopher O'Riley, the performance will be taped for later broadcast.

Robyn Bollinger and Bryan Lee, both co-concert masters of our Youth Chamber Orchestra for the 2004-05 season, were co-winners of the Junior Division of the Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition of The Philadelphia Orchestra. As first place winners, they will perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra in the 2005-06 season. Robyn studies violin with Kimberly Fisher. Bryan is a violin student of Soovin Kim and Choong-Jin Chang. Both are also recipients of the Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Nicholas Bodnar, cello student of Orlando Cole and Metta Watts and principal cellist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, is the first place winner of the Pottstown Symphony Competition for 2004-05.

Robyn Bollinger, violin was the winner of the Temple Music Prep Concerto Competition, 2004-05. As a winner, Robyn performed the solo in the Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in g minor, Op. 63 with the Temple University Symphony under the direction fo Luis Biava on February 12, 2005 at Centennial Hall, the Haverford School. Robyn is a violin student of Kimberly Fisher.

Dorothy Ro, a violinist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, won the Kennett Symphony Competition for 2004-05. As winner Dorothy will perform with the Kennett Symphony in June 2005 at Longwood Gardens. Dorothy is a student of Choong-Jin Chang.

Alex Grimes, a violist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, won first place in the Advanced violin/viola Division of the Bach Festival Metro Washington DC Area Competition. As winner he will perform in the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in spring of 2005 as part of the American Fine Arts Festival.

Fourteen year old Christian Yoon, clarinet, was recently accepted into the Greater Philadelphia Honors Orchestra. She will be performing with the orchestra as part of their Festival to be held April 8-10 in Zielerville, PA. Christian is a student of Rie Suzuki Heubner.

Amy Fetherolf, violin student of Linda Cerone, appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall for five educational concerts and one family subscription concert in February 2005. She currently attends the Cleveland Institute of Music as a freshman and was a in the Temple Music Prep program for five years before moving to Florida. While at Temple Music Prep, Amy studied violin with Charles Parker.

Trever Williams, a piano student of Prof. Harvey Wedeen, has recently won first prize in the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Competition in Composition in the Senior High Division and was asked to perform his compositions at Westminster Choir College on November 20, 2004.

Bryan Lee and Robyn Bollinger, both co-concert masters of our Youth Chamber Orchestra, won first and second place, respectively, of the Delaware Symphony's Student Soloist Competition for 2003-04. As first place winner, Bryan will perform Prokofiev's 1st Violin Concerto with the Delaware Symphony on December 11. Bryan is a violin student of Soovin Kim and Choong-Jin Chang. Robyn studies violin with Kimberly Fisher.

Walter (Hyun Sung) Park, clarinet student of Rie Suzuki recently won first place in the Philadelphia Sinfonia Concerto Competition. Walter will perform Carl Maria von Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1, Op. 73 with the Philadelphia Sinfonia in Spring 2005.

2003-04
Adriana Socoski, violin student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Yayoi Numazawa was the winner of the Hopf Chamber Competition and the senior division of the Lancaster Women's Symphony Competition. Adriana won 3rd place in the Atonement Bach Competition and also performed for a private audience at the Kaplan Penthouse in Lincoln Center, NY.

Anastasia Vlahos, a violin student of Sylvia Ahramjian, was the winner of the Delaware County Symphony Orchestra Competition and performed with the orchestra in May 2004.


Violinists, Leah Germer and Jessica Bowman, attended the Pennsylvania Governors School of the Arts during the summer 2004 session. Both Leah and Jessica are students of Sylvia Ahramjian.

Mabel Lee, a piano student of Liliya Maslov, was awarded a full scholarship at both Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance and Boston University. Ms. Lee begins her studies with Prof. Harvy Wedeen at Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Fall 2004.

Robyn Bollinger, Francesca dePasquale and Hansaem Lim, violinists in the Youth Chamber Orchestra performed in a master class given by Gil Shaham at the Kimmel Center in April 2004. All three students are recipients of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Francesca dePasquale, a violin student of Hirono Oka, was the winner of the 2004 Bach Atonement Scholarship Competition. This year Francesca has given solo performances at the Philadelphia Academy of Music Ballroom, Temple University's Rock Hall and Villanova University. She also appeared on a chamber music concert series at Villanova University and at the Friends of Chamber Music in Reading, PA.

Violinist, Robyn Bollinger, was the winner of the Pottstown Symphony Competition and runner-up in the Riverside Symphonia Competition during the 2004. Robyn will make solo appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Ocean City Pops, Olney Symphony Orchestra, Ambler Symphony Orchestra, Warminster Symphony, DeKalb Symphony, Edison Arts Symphony and the South Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performed in a master class given by Pam Frank in Minnesota. Ms. Bollinger is a student of Kim Fisher.

Clare Semes, the recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep, won first place in the Musica 2000 Concerto Competition and third place in the Tri-County Concerts Association Competition during the 2003-04 season. She was a finalist in the Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition. Clare also performed with the Ambler Symphony, Hershey Symphony and Buck County Symphony Orchestras. She is a violin student of Kim Fisher.

Oliver Kot, violin student of Soovin Kim was a soloist with the South Jersey Orchestra during the 2003-04 season.

Seventh grader, Walter (Hyun Sung) Park, a clarinet student of Rie Suzuki, recently won first place in the North Penn Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Korean Musicians Association of Philadelphia competition. Walter also won second prize in the Junior Division of the Tri-County Youth Festival Competition.

The Philadelphia Viola Society recently announced William Frampton as the winner in the senior division of the Philadelphia Viola Society Scholarship Competition. As winner, he will be performing the second and third movements of the Bartok concerto on that organization's May 2nd concert and receive a free lesson with Hsin-Yun Huang in New York City. Will is a student of Choong-Jin Chang and the principal violist in Temple Music Prep's Youth Chamber Orchestra, 2003-04.

Bryan Lee, violin, won First Place in the 2004 Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition this past March. He will perform with the orchestra in December 2004. Bryan also won 2nd Place in the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition in the Junior Bowed Instrument Concerto Division. Bryan is a student of Choong-Jin Chang and Soovin Kim and is the co-concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Biava in Music Prep's Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

Hansaem Lim, violin, is the 2003-04 winner of the Temple Music Prep Concerto Competition. Ms. Lim performed with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Luis Biava on Sunday, February 15, 2004 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. She is also the co-concertmaster of the Music Prep's Youth Chamber Orchestra in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians and a violin student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott.

Robyn Bollinger, violin, was the runner up for the 2003-04 Temple Music Prep Concerto Competition. Robyn is a student of Kim Fisher.

The following violin students are the recipients of Starling Scholarships at Temple Music Prep for the 2003-04 academic year:
Robyn Bollinger
Francesca de Pasquale
Oliver Kot
Justine Lamb-Budge
Bryan Lee
Hansaem Lim
Clare Semes

Elena Urioste, a student of Choong-Jin Chang and Soovin Kim, and the recipient of a Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep, recently won the 2003 Sphinx Competition, Junior Division. Her top honor in this national competition brings solo engagements with, among others, the Detroit Symphony on Feb. 19, 2003; the Atlanta Symphony on May 18, 2003; the Boston Pops on June 19, 2003; the Pittsburgh Symphony on August 15, 2003; the Ocean City Pops on Sept. 21, 2003; the Hartford Symphony on Dec. 4, 2003; the Baltimore Symphony on Jan. 7, 2004; the Cleveland Orchestra on Feb. 24, 2004; and the Omaha Symphony on Feb. 26 and 27, 2004. She will begin her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in the fall of 2003.

Austin Hartman's string quartet, "The Biava Quartet," recently won the prestigious Naumberg Prize. Austin, the quartet's first violinist, was a student of Choong-Jin Chang and the concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra (1997-99) under the direction of Maestro Luis Biava.

Adriana Socoski, a student of Yumi Ninomiya Scott and violinist in the Youth Chamber Orchestra, won first prize in both the Lancaster Women's Symphony Association Junior Concerto Competition and the 2003 Atonement Bach Scholarship Competition.

2002-03
The following violin students are the recipients of Starling Scholarships at Temple Music Prep for the 2002-03 academic year:
Robyn Bollinger
Esther Kim
Oliver Kot
Bryan Lee
Joy Kippum Lee
Hansaem Lim
Natalie Rudoi
Elena Urioste

Bryan Lee, violin, a student of Choong-Jin Chang and Soovin Kim, won the Temple University Concerto Competition. Bryan will perform Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 3:00 PM at Centennial Hall, 450 W. Lancaster Avenue in Haverford, PA.

During the 2002-03 season, the first three places in the Kennett Symphony Competition were won by four Temple Music Prep students: Bryan Lee, violin, winner (tied); Natalie Rudoi, violin, winner (tied); Hansaem Lim, violin, 2nd place; Robyn Bollinger, violin, 3rd place. All four students are recipients of a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship at Temple Music Prep.

Shelley Lian performed in a masterclass for Manuel Barrueco (EMI recording artist, faculty at Peabody) on the Verizon Hall stage at the Kimmel Center on Saturday, November 30th. Shelley is a student of Ross Mann.

 

2001-02
Oliver Kot, violin won first place in the Junior String Division of the 2001 Youth Music Festival of the Tri-County Concerts Association in May 2001. Oliver was also a finalist in The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2001Albert Greenfield Student Competition in the Children's Division. Oliver is a student of Estelle Kerner.

Jennifer Haas, who was Concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra in its first season, became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Alumna, Rebecca Ansel, was named Assistant Professor of Violin at Ithaca College, NY.

Tunisia Hayward, a member of the Temple University Music Prep Children's Choir, was the only member of the Children's Honor Choir at the ACDA Eastern Division Conference this year to be selected as a soloist. The performance was given on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA.

String Quartet members, Bryan Lee, violin, Francesca dePasquale, violin, Caitlin Gerrity, viola and Tiya Lee, cello, from our Center for Gifted Young Musicians were invited to perform the first movement of Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 1 in The Philadelphia Orchestra's Pre-Concert Family Adventure on stage at the Kimmel Center (Perelman Theater) on Saturday, January 5, 2002 at 10:00 AM. Their coach is Charles Parker, Jr.

Elena Urioste is to perform on the national radio program, From the Top. The show was pre-recorded in Corning, NY on November 30, 2001 in front of a live audience. Date for the airing will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

 

2000-01
The 2001 Festival of Young Musicians Gala Concert featured two talented alumni of Temple's Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Elizabeth Pitcairn, violinist, and Burchard Tang, violist, returned to their shared musical roots to perform Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364, with the 2001 Youth Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Luis Biava.

Jacqueline Vilbert, a violin student of Sylvia Ahramjian was third chair in the 2001 Pennsylvania All State Orchestra and concertmaster of the Regional Orchestra.

Jason Calloway, former cello student of Orlando Cole, made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 ater winning a national competition sponsored by Artists International Presentations, Inc.

 

1999-2000
Ellen dePasquale, former student of the late Jascha Brodsky and concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, was appointed Associate Concertmaster for the Cleveland Orchestra in Spring 1999. Previously she had been concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra since October 1996.

Glenn Fischbach, former cello student of Orlando Cole, is principal cello of the Savannah (GA) Symphony.

Austin Hartman, former violin student of Yumi Scott and C.J. Chang and concertmaster of the Center's Youth Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Luis Biava, was the winner of the 1999 Stulberg International String Competition. Now a student at the Cleveland Institute, he is founding principal violinist of a student quartet named- respectively- The Biava Quartet.

Matthew Herren, former cello student of Orlando Cole and Metta Watts, has appeared as chamber musician, recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, he toured as a member of the small ensemble in the award winning theater piece, The Silver River by Bright Sheng.

Jinny Leem, former violin student of the late Jascha Brodsky, is concertmaster for the Charlotte (NC) Symphony.

Eric Owens, former voice student at Music Prep and the Esther Boyer College of Music, was presented with the Career Advancement Award ($10,000) by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia at its annual dinner in May 2000.

May Phang, former piano student of Harvey Wedeen, is assistant professor of piano at Carroll College in Waukesha, WI.

Burchard Tang, former viola student of C.J. Chang and principal viola in the Center's Youth Chamber Orchestra was selected from a field of 160 viola applicants to join The Philadelphia Orchestra in September 1999.