The Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Winds, Brass, & Percussion Competition was held on March 18, 2023 in the Gathering Place at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church. Talented performers  from around the Valley performed works by Mozart, Griffes, Bach, and more.

Our wonderful panel of judges provided written feedback to each performer, and awarded prizes and ratings for standout musicians. Prize-earning musicians will receive invitations to perform on the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Concert series in the coming year.

Find information on the winds, brass, & percussion, competition by clicking the button below, and click through the tabs on the left to meet our Prize-earning performers!




Josef Burgstaller

Josef Burgstaller

Trumpet III/II

Joe Burgstaller, trumpet (February & March), is a former long-time member, featured trumpeter, and arranger with the Canadian Brass. He tours internationally as a soloist, most recently in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Winnipeg, Hamburg, Bologna, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Joe is also a chamber musician, crossover artist, guest orchestral musician, and master class clinician (more than 129 universities and conservatories), including his groundbreaking seminars for all instruments called Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing®. An Associate Professor at Arizona State University, he also live-broadcasts a weekly Trumpet Warmup Show that combines warmup, routine, fundamentals, and pedagogy to an audience in more than thirty countries. His discography includes hit classical solo CDs (License to Thrill and The Virtuoso Trumpet) and multiple Top 10 Billboard hits with the Canadian Brass. His crossover CDs (Bach’s Secret Files and Mozart’s Blue Dreams) were Top 50 on JazzRadio charts. A Yamaha Performing Artist, this is his second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Dr. Sabrina Hu

Dr. Sabrina Hu

Dr. Sabrina Hu enjoys a versatile career as a performer, educator, and director. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the National Concert Hall in Ireland, and recitals throughout major halls in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Sabrina’s performances have been broadcast live on BBC, RTE and RTHK television and radio, and they have been described as “warm, sensitively balanced and flexible” with “emotional engagement…expressive depth” by the Irish Times. Sabrina is also an avid chamber musician. She is a founding member of Trio Festivale, has toured internationally, and commissioned many new works for flute, cello, and piano. She is a member of the Phoenix-based Woodwind Quintet, Mill Avenue Chamber Players.

Sabrina currently teaches at Phoenix College in Arizona and is the Artistic Director for the Walled City Music Festival in Derry, N. Ireland. Sabrina has performed in several orchestras, including the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Wexford Opera Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony.

Christopher Creviston

Christopher Creviston

Hailed as “one of the world’s top saxophone artists” (Audiophile Audition) with “the personality and fingers of a first- rate soloist” (American Record Guide), “subtle, perceptive phrasing, and flawless control of vibrato” (Fanfare Magazine), Yamaha Artist Christopher Creviston has been featured in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Paisley Park and the Apollo Theater.

As soloist and with the Capitol Quartet, Creviston has been showcased with outstanding ensembles across the U.S., including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. As a recitalist and clinician, he concertizes globally with the Capitol Quartet, and in the Creviston Duo with pianist Hannah Creviston.

Creviston’s recent releases include the premiere recordings of the Soprano Saxophone Concerto by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Carter Pann (Jeffrey Meyer conducting the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra), and the Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Band by Pulitzer Prize Winner William Bolcom (Gary Hill conducting the Arizona State University Wind Orchestra).

The Creviston Duo’s recent releases include the CDs Phoenix Rising and Breaking, presenting works specifically commissioned (or co-commissioned) by the duo from recognized composers Stacy Garrop, Carter Pann, John Anthony Lennon, Mark Lanz Weiser, Katherine Hoover, John Fitz Rogers and Eric Mandat. These and several other of Creviston’s recordings can be found on Spotify and other digital media.

Now on the faculty at Arizona State University, Professor Creviston has held positions at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), the Greenwich House of Arts (NYC), the University of Windsor (Canada), and the University of Michigan. Creviston is Past President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Division I (7th & 8th Grades)

First Prize

Jake Shim, clarinet | Chandler

  • Student of Stefanie Gardner
  • Repertoire: Stamitz, Clarinet Concerto No.3, I. Allegro moderato

Division II (9th & 10th Grades)

First Prize

Daniel Jeon, clarinet | Chandler

  • Student of Stefanie Gardner
  • Repertoire: Mozart, Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K622, I. Allegro

Second Prize

Yinchuan (Sam) Gao, marimba | Phoenix

  • Student of Jon Murray
  • Repertoire: Santagelo, Symphonic Marimba & Colombo, Indifference

Third Prize

Elizabeth Ovelil, flute | Chandler

  • Student of Brian Gordon
  • Repertoire: Griffes, Poem for flute & piano, A.93

Superior Rating:

Noah Thompson, oboe

Division III (11th & 12th Grades)

First Prize

Felix Shen, flute | Scottsdale

  • Student of Elizabeth Buck
  • Repertoire: Molique, Flute Conceto in D Minor, Op.69, I. Allegro & Bach, Flute Partita in A minor, II. Corrente

Second Prize

Minjee Kim, clarinet | Chandler

  • Student of Jeremy Ruth
  • Repertoire: Rossini, Introduction, Theme & Variations & Osborne, Rhapsody for clarinet