Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Winners: COMPOSERS (orchestral music), 2019-20

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The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Composition, 2019-20, in the orchestra music division. Congratulations!

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QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (professional division), 2019-20

The American Prize winner:
Tyler Goodrich White
Lincoln  NE  
A Brand-New Summer

Tyler Goodrich White
Tyler Goodrich White is Professor of Composition and Conducting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is Composer-in-Residence with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra.  A native of Atlanta, Georgia, White was raised there and in Manhattan, Kansas.  White was educated at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and at Cornell University, with additional study at the University of Copenhagen and the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau.  His principal teachers of composition have included Pulitzer Prize winners Steven Stucky and Karel Husa, as well as Niels Viggo Bentzon, and Roger Hannay.  As a composer, Tyler White has received commissions from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other organizations.  Other honors include awards and grants from ASCAP, BMI, American Music Center, The MacDowell Colony, the Omaha Symphony, Tulane University, Indiana State University, and the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau (Prix Maurice Ravel).

White also maintains an active career as a conductor:  a protégé of the late Maestro Robert Shaw, White has served as Director of Orchestras at Nebraska since 1994.  Under White’s direction, the UNL Symphony has been recognized as one of America’s outstanding collegiate orchestras;  UNL opera productions conducted by him have twice won awards from the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera (Ireland) and three times from the National Opera Association.  From 2000 to 2019 , White also served as Resident Conductor of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as director of orchestras at Cornell University and at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Leanna Primiani
Santa Monica    CA 
1001

Leanna Primiani
For award-winning composer Leanna Primiani, her signature modern classical aesthetic is distinguished by a seamless fusion of synthetic and organic instrumentation where it’s often hard to distinguish pure orchestral passages from electronic-based motivic movements.

Leanna’s concert catalog has been embraced internationally including performances at the Nashville Symphony, the Cabrillo and Aspen Music Festivals, the Ensemble Aventure Freiburg (Germany), and the Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

Informing her compositional work is her distinguished background as a conductor, having conducted for the LA Opera, National Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra, California Opera Association the Central California Ballet.

Leanna currently lives in Santa Monica, and earned a DMA in composition from USC.  She's studied with Leonard Slatkin and Peter Eötvös, among others. 2019 saw the debut of 1001 for Orchestra and Prerecorded Electronics in Seattle and will release a clarinet and electronic album fall 2019.  Visit leannaprimiani.com for more information.


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Maxim Samarov 
Harvey LA  
Ars moriendi 

Maxim Samarov 
Maxim Samarov was born in Moscow, Russia in a family of musicians and started his music studies at the age of five. He studied cello at Junior College of the Moscow Conservatory and later at Jerusalem Music Academy and Southern Methodist University, and performed extensively as a cello soloist, chamber music player and orchestra member in Russia, Europe, Israel, and the United States. He studied orchestral conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Michigan State University, in addition to extensive studies with Kenneth Kiesler in summer workshops and privately. Dr. Samarov is currently the orchestra director at Tulane University, where he also teaches music theory, orchestration, and conducting. He has previously held faculty positions with St. Cloud State University (MN) and Luther College (IA).

Besides his Tulane duties, Dr. Samarov has been active as a guest conductor (both orchestral and opera); he also co-founded New Orleans Chamber Orchestra, which is now in its 5th year of activities. He studied composition privately with Jerry Sieg and Alan Belkin and is the author of a symphony, a guitar concerto, an opera "Feast at the Time of Plague," and a number of other works. He resides in New Orleans with his wife Tanya, a pediatrician, and their son Julian.

 
3rd Place (there was a tie):
Lee Actor
Monte Sereno  CA  
Symphony No. 2

Lee Actor
Composer and conductor Lee Actor (http://www.leeactor.com) has received numerous commissions, and has won many awards for his compositions, which are characterized by their dramatic impact and emotional expressivity. Since 2001, he has created an extensive catalog of works for large ensembles, including 3 symphonies and 9 concertos, which have been performed by nearly 80 orchestras and bands in the U.S. and around the world.  He has studied composition with Donald Sur, Brent Heisinger, Charles Jones, and Andrew Imbrie, and conducting with Angelo Frascarelli, David Epstein and Higo Harada.  Actor has been Composer-in-Residence of the Palo Alto Philharmonic since 2002, following his appointment as Assistant Conductor in 2001.  In 2014 he was one of the first five composers selected as an "Honored Artist of the American Prize".  In March 2018 he was invited to conduct two all-Actor programs with the top professional orchestras in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Larry Tuttle  
Van Nuys CA  
Thousand Mile Suite

Larry Tuttle  
Larry Tuttle writes iconic and optimistic music with a strong sense of story and narrative arc. His music is driven by 21-st Century rhythms and sensibilities, while being rooted with the power of archetypal musical elements.

Larry won the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 2014 Audience of the Future Composition Competition with his work CHORALE AND FIDDLE TUNE.  His concert overture BY STEAM OR BY DREAM won second prize at the 2016 Keuris Composers Competition in The Netherlands, in the category of Youth Symphony Orchestra, and his wind ensemble piece TO A LOST WORLD finished as first runner-up in the 2018 World Projects Composition Contest.

Larry is a composing and performing member of Composers Ensemble of Los Angeles, a workshop group dedicated to the development of new music.  Larry is also renowned as a master of the Chapman Stick.  You can find out more about his music at www.larrytuttle.com.

 

Finalist Honorable Mention:
Jean Ahn  
Orinda  CA  
Woven Silk

Jean Ahn  
Jean Ahn finished her B.A. and M.M. at Seoul National University and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. Recently, her collaborative piece for “Saltdoll” has won the Isadora Duncan Award. Other awards include 1st prize from the Renée Fisher Award, the Korean National Music Composers Award, 1st prize from the Sejong Music Competition and the 2nd prize for National Flute Association Composers Competition . Jean’s music was featured at Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Etchings Festival, IAWM Beijing Congress, New Music Miami, the Spark Festival, Women Composers Festival at Hartford, New York City Electronic Music Festival, among others. Commissions include works for the SF Choral Artists, Volti Chamber Choir, Leftcoast Chamber Ensemble, Duo Camaraderie, Gayaguem Soloist JUL, Locrian Chamber Players, and the Pianissimo. Her works have been performed by Earplay, Memphis Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, UC Davis Orchestra, Diablo Symphony, Ensemble Sur Plus, pianist Lisa Moore (Bang on a can), Contemporaneous Ensemble, Untwelve, Enhake, Pakk-Calloway Duo, Muse Trio, Unheard of Ensemble and others. She is a Lecturer at UC Berkeley and the director of Ensemble ARI.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
John Baboukis
New Cairo Egypt  
A Symphony for Cairo

John Baboukis
John Baboukis is Professor of Music and Director of the Music Program at the American University in Cairo, in Cairo, Egypt.

He is the conductor of the Cairo Choral Society, a community chorus, and the Cairo Festival Orchestra, a professional ensemble in residence at AUC. He is also the founder and co-director of the Lions of Cairo, which performs medieval, renaissance and baroque Western music, Byzantine chant, and classical Arab music.

He has written a substantial body of vocal music, chamber works, and music for piano, harpsichord, clavichord and organ. His concerto for bassoon and string orchestra, Three Walks in Zamalek, and his Symphony for Cairo were both premiered by the Cairo Symphony.

He has been awarded a McKnight Composition Fellowship, and, in addition to receiving numerous private commissions, has twice won composer commissioning grants from the Jerome Foundation, through the American Composers Forum.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Robert J. Bradshaw
Gloucester   MA  
Echoes in the Deep: meditation on the depth of our impact on the Earth's oceans  

Robert J. Bradshaw
Award-winning composer ROBERT J. BRADSHAW's music has been heard around the world from Lincoln Center to Australia, and beyond.  Bradshaw continues to push the boundaries of modern art music.  Socially conscious and relevant to our daily lives, Bradshaw’s music is infused with modern culture, historical significance, and speaks with a vibrant and engaging musical language.  Commissions include works for the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition and the New England String Ensemble Musical Heritage Initiative.  Of particular note is the Australian Trumpet Guild's commission of the opera “.Gabriel”, premiered at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, courtesy of Opera Australia and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.  For more information:  www.robertjbradshaw.com
 

Finalist Honorable Mention:
Mark Dal Porto 
Portales NM  
Mystic Mountain

Mark Dal Porto 
Dr. Mark Dal Porto has had his works performed by numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles throughout the US and abroad. His commissions include those from the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the College Orchestra Directors Association, and the Pemigewasset Choral Society of New Hampshire.
               
In 2013, Dal Porto was also awarded first prize in the CODA (College Orchestra Director’s Association) 2013 International Composition Contest for his orchestral work Song of Eternity.

Dal Porto serves on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University as Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition and frequently serves as a guest composer and conductor. A former student of Donald Grantham, Dal Porto received degrees from California State University, Sacramento, and the University of Texas at Austin.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Penka Kouneva 
Tujunga  CA  
BETRAYAL OF TECHNOLOGY   

Penka Kouneva 
Los Angeles-based composer Penka Kouneva is known for her "exceptional talent" (Billboard). Her orchestral music has been called "fantastic," "breath-taking" (NPR) and "luminous" (Forbes.) She has scored The Mummy VR game (Universal), Hellboy VR film (Lionsgate), the NASA museum Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center, the iconic game "Prince of Persia" and feature films. Her orchestral music has been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. Universal Music released her orchestral albums Woman Astronaut and Rebirth of Id  to 5-star press. Penka's chamber music has been commissioned by Lark and Ciompi Quartets & Elixir Trio. Penka's awards include Sundance Composer Fellowship, Distinguished Duke Alumna, Meet the Composer Fellowship and Recognition Award from Game Audio Guild. In 2019 Penka's orchestral commission "Betrayal of Technology" was premiered by Sofia Philharmonic to great critical acclaim. Penka received the first-ever Ph.D. in composition at Duke University where she studied with Stephen Jaffe and Scott Lindroth.  www.penkakouneva.com


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Hye Kyung Lee  
Granville    OH  
Climbing Tomorrow 

Hye Kyung Lee  
An active composer/pianist, HyeKyung Lee has written works for diverse genres and media: from toy piano to big concerto, from electronic music to children’s choir. Recent commissions include the Bonnie McElveen Commission for Maestro Gerard Schwarz and Eastern Music Festival, Renée B. Fisher Piano Competition, and Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition.

Lee’s music has been described as “virtuosic fantasy where continuous rhythmic motion smoothly joined contrasting moods and effectively propelled from one section to another…. showing a penchant for colorful timbres, expressive lines, and lively rhythmic interaction of instruments”.

Born in Seoul, Korea, HyeKyung studied at YonSei University and University of Texas at Austin where she received DMA in composition and piano performance certificate.  Her music has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer Fund, and residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony. She is Associate Professor of Music at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. https://www.hyekyunglee.com


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Lucas  Richman 
Bangor ME  
Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply

Lucas  Richman 
GRAMMY award-winning conductor/composer Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. Resident/Assistant Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1998-2004, he has also appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Guest conducting highlights for the 2018-19 season include debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem. As a composer, Mr. Richman’s music has been performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States and has been recorded by organizations such as the San Diego Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Debussy Trio. For more information, visit www.lucasrichman.com and www.ledorgroup.com.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Lauren Spavelko
Pickerington    OH  
Kéyah

Lauren Spavelko
Lauren Spavelko (b. 1989) is a composer, arranger, studio teacher, performer, and visual artist. People are her favorite part of music—here, we can all experience beauty, craft, connection, love, and the joy. Her most notable works are Baby Book (winner of Festival dei Due Mondi’s 2017 Young Composers Competition in Spoleto, Italy), a six-movement song cycle for soprano on miscarriage, pregnancy, and motherhood; and Keyah, a work for orchestra in collaboration with nature photographer Frank Lee Ruggles and commissioned by the Central Ohio Symphony. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Louisville (M.M. Composition) and Ohio Wesleyan University (B.M. Music Education). Her works have been performed across the United States and in Italy. Lauren has studied composition with Steve Rouse, Clint Needham, and Jason Bahr. Learn more: www.LaurenSpavelko.com


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Aaron Spotts  
Tallahassee  FL  
Life for Life 

Aaron Spotts  
Aaron Spotts (b. 1980) graduated in 2018 with a doctorate in music composition from Florida State University, having studied with Ladislav Kubik, Clifton Callender, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. His recent activities include: being selected as a finalist in the Tampa Bay Symphony’s Call for Scores Composition Competition; music featured on the Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America IX” concert series; acceptance to the 2019 Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) Region VI Conference; a commission from The Ambassador Trio, premiered in Vancouver, B.C.; being a finalist in ICEBERG New Music’ 2018-19 call for scores; having music performed in the 2018 Frontwave New Music Festival and 2018 SCI Student National Conference; the premiere of his electric string quartet in Washington D.C. in 2017; and being chosen as a finalist in the 2016 Bruno Maderna Composition Competition.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Kevin Wilt 
Boynton Beach   FL   

Song of the Phoenix
Kevin Wilt 
Kevin Wilt composes music that balances sophistication with accessibility and experimentation with craftsmanship. He composed Running on Rooftops for The Florida Orchestra in honor of their 50th anniversary season. He won the Fresh Squeezed Opera Call for Scores with his chamber opera, Prix Fixe, and the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Composer Search. He was awarded a grant by the ACC Band Directors Association to create Urban Impressions, a multi-movement work for wind ensemble. He was a finalist for the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize, the Symphony Number One Call for Scores III, and the Hartford Opera Theater Call for Scores. He is equally at home composing for film and television, earning him a Michigan Emmy® Award Nomination for Best Musical Composition. Kevin holds degrees from Michigan State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and Wayne State University (B.M.). He is Associate Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.


The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division), 2019-20

The American Prize winner:
Nicholas Bentz  
Los Angeles  CA  
A Cosmos in Stone, Respawning

Nicholas Bentz  
 Composer-performer Nick Bentz seeks to find relationships across time and space through his fascination with historical objects and cultural throughlines. His work has responded to subjects as diverse as anthropology, astrophysics, cinema, neuroscience, and video games. Nicholas has written for the Charleston Symphony, Occasional Symphony, yMusic, and SONAR New Music Ensemble, and has had his music played by the Jacksonville Symphony, USC Symphony, and the Peabody Modern Orchestra. Winner of the 2020 Tribeca Young Composer's Competition, Nick was the recipient of an EarShot New Music Reading through American Composer’s Orchestra and the Sadye J. Moss Prize from the University of Southern California. His music has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, New Music on the Point, and Sounding Now Festival in Singapore. Nick is currently a composition teaching artist fellow with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

As a violinist, Nick has soloed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Thornton Edge, and the Pacific Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Nick attended the Aspen Music Festival and School for seven summers. An avid interpreter of new music, Nick has commissioned and premiered over thirty pieces ranging from chamber and solo pieces to concerti and multimedia works. Nick received a master’s in composition from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s from the Peabody Conservatory. He received a master’s and bachelor’s in violin from the Peabody Conservatory. His mentors include Donald Crockett, Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman, Kevin Puts. Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, and Felipe Lara, and his previous violin teachers include Lina Bahn, Herbert Greenberg, Yuriy Bekker, Espen Lilleslåtten, and Diana Cohen.


2nd Place (there was a tie):

Moni Guo  
Los Angeles  CA  
Night Ghost

Moni Guo  
 Composer/pianist Moni (Jasmine) Guo, born in China, has studied music since she was three.
After her piano and composition studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, The Peabody Institute and Rice University, she is currently a first-year Ph.D. student at UCLA studying composition under Peter Golub and Kay Rhie.

Her previous composition teachers include Pierre Jalbert, Shih-hui Chen, Michael Hersch, Samuel Adler, Jason Eckardt, Amy Kirsten, and Cynthia Van Mannen. She has also had master classes with many great masters including Steven Stucky, Shulamit Ran, and Christopher Rouse.

Her pieces have been read/performed by famous soloists such as Miranda Cuckson, Courtney Orlando, Michael Kannen, Kyung Wha Chu, also ensembles such as IIIZ+, Deviant Septet, and Winsor Music.

Jasmine is now a member of The Pi Kappa Lambda Society. She has received numerous awards in both composition and piano. Her music has been performed in the US and Europe.


2nd Place (there was a tie):

Evan Jay Williams
Baltimore    MD  
"That Which We Cannot Live Without"

Evan Jay Williams
 Evan Jay Williams (b.1989) is an American composer based in Baltimore, where he is a doctoral student of Du Yun at the Peabody Conservatory.  His music has been performed across the U.S. and Europe and, as part of Carnegie Mellon University's Moon Ark Project, even sent to The Moon.  Although he has composed prolifically for instrumentalists and ensembles, as well as for multimedia projects, he has focused recently on writing for the voice.   He is currently working on setting texts ranging from Ovid and Shakespeare to those of living poets.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Zachary Gulaboff Davis
Salem  OR  
Tailwind

Zachary Gulaboff Davis
 Zach Gulaboff Davis is a composer who strives to write music that is enjoyable and meaningful for audiences and performers alike. Zach’s compositions have been performed across the globe at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Bulgaria’s National Plaice of Culture, Norway’s Arctic Cathedral, the International Trumpet Guild, and at schools of music and conservatories across the country. Zach holds a B.A. in piano performance and composition/theory, summa cum laude, from Linfield College, Oregon, and a M.M. in composition from Mannes College of Music in New York City. He is currently a doctoral student in composition at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, studying under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. This summer, Zach will serve as the Brevard Institute's composition fellow under a full fellowship.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Wai Leung William So   
Kennedy Town    Hong Kong
Blue Fire  

Wai Leung William So   
 Wai Leung William So is a young composer born in Hong Kong, who graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree (Composition Major) at Berklee College of Music in 2019. William will begin his Master Degree in music within the near future. William is capable of composing music in many different styles such as Classical, Contemporary, Jazz and as well as Film Scoring. His music was selected to be performed in several concerts in Berklee and the Boston Conservatory. His pieces were played/read by the famous Esterhazy Quartet, Jack Quartet and several faculty members at Berklee. He was awarded the Berklee Achievement Scholarship of 2018, the MTNA Composition Competition Massachusetts (Honorable mention, Young Artist Catergory) 2018, and the 1st-Place - 200K SoundCloud Plays Melody Competition in 2017. On the 1st of March 2019, William had great success with his personal debut concert at Berklee, which showcased his original compositions.

Personal website: https://s081186.wixsite.com/williamso
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheS081186/featured?disable_polymer=1


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Cory Brodack 
Saint Peters    MO  
Nodus Tollens   

Cory Brodack 
 Cory Brodack (b. 1997) is a composer, orchestrator, arranger, and copyist from the St. Louis area. He composes for both electronic and acoustic mediums, with an emphasis on timbre and the uncontrollable phenomena that arise in both human performance and electronic systems. His music is inspired by individual aspects of the human condition and the unique connection between performer, score, and audience. He has worked for the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (The Muny) on projects such as the first staging of Jerome Robbins's Broadway since 1989, and a new orchestration of The Wiz during The Muny's historic centennial season.

Cory's recent awards include the 2020 ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize and East Carolina University's New Music Initiative Orchestra Composition Competition for his piece, Nodus Tollens. When not composing, Cory enjoys playing the horn and painting. He is currently pursuing his masters studies in composition at Bowling Green State University with Christopher Dietz and Mikel Kuehn. Prior to Bowling Green, he earned his bachelor's degree in music composition from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he studied composition with Kimberly Archer.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Patrick Andrew Thompson
Jersey City  NJ  
Through a Glass, Darkly

Patrick Andrew Thompson
 
Patrick Andrew Thompson (patrickandrewthompson.com) is a composer of dramatic musical narratives. Described as “a musician bursting with ideas,” (Atlanta Journal Constitution) he strives to carefully craft works of great emotional breadth and immediacy, marked by colorful, poignant harmonies, rich textures, and constant evolution. 
       

His pieces have been performed and read by a wide range of ensembles including So Percussion, the Dover Quartet, the College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, the Peabody Modern Orchestra, and the Princeton University Orchestra. Current projects include a piece for the Beo string quartet and a solo marimba commission for Robert Rocheteau. He was a composition fellow at the Brevard Summer Institute in 2018.
       

Patrick currently studies with Kevin Puts while completing an MM in composition at the Peabody Institute.  He has an AB in Mathematics from Princeton University, where he also studied composition and orchestration with Paul Lansky and Steven Mackey.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Miranda Yu   
Palo Alto    CA  
Reflections of A Sixteen Year Old Girl    

Miranda Yu   
 
Miranda Yu is a composer, oboist, pianist, and a high schooler in Palo Alto, CA. She has studied under composers Vivian Fung and Jessica Mao and composed works characterized by neoclassical sounds for piano and orchestra. In 2018, her orchestral work was chosen as a finalist for the National Young Composers Challenge.

Yu is an oboist in the Henry M. Gunn High School Wind Ensemble and the Silicon Valley Youth Orchestra. She and the Wind Ensemble received a Unanimous Superior rating in the 2019 CMEA State and Local Festivals. At the age of twelve, she received the Piano Certificate of Merit Level 10, Branch Honor Award, and was selected to perform at the Music Teachers’ Association of California State Conference.

As a volunteer, Yu has taught music to students in East Palo Alto elementary and middle schools without music programs and Teen Challenge’s substance abuse recovery program members.


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