The Young Musicians Competition recognizes the outstanding talents of young musicians, provides a space where young competitors can perform for and receive evaluations from respected judges, and distributes monetary awards to winners who may also earn opportunities to perform as part of the Arizona Musicfest concert series.

Click through the tabs on the left for more information about last season and details on our upcoming competition series!

Piano

Division I (7th & 8th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Morgan Beckstead – Queen Creek
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 2nd Prize: Marina Galasso – Tucson
    • Student of Ji-Young Kim
  • 3rd Prize: Tony Kim – Phoenix
    • Student of Yali Luo
  • 3rd Prize: Angelina Zhang – Tempe
    • Student of Hong Zhu

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Jessica Zhang – Chandler
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 2nd Prize: Christie Solomon – Queen Creek
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 3rd Prize: Sharon Hui – Mesa
    • Student of Mandarin Cheung-Yueh

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Jessica Zhang – Tempe
    • Student of Hong Zhu
  • 2nd Prize: Sage Binder – Phoenix
    • Student of Snezana Krstic
  • 3rd Prize: Not Awarded

Strings, Harp, & Guitar

Division I (7th & 8th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Jonathan Okseniuk, violin – Mesa
    • Student of Jing Zeng
  • 2nd Prize: Seungchan Aiden Min, violin – Chandler
    • Student of Min Park
  • 3rd Prize: Tony Kim, cello – Phoenix
    • Student of Jan Simiz
  • Honorable Mention: Benjamin Burton, Maya Lai

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Leo Kubota, cello – Tempe
    • Student of Thomas Landschoot
  • 2nd Prize: Sean Ellis, violin – Phoenix
    • Student of Dimitri Lazarescu
  • 3rd Prize: Alicia Yang, viola – Chandler
    • Student of Susanne Rothaar

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Alicia Wu, viola – Scottsdale
    • Student of Susanne Rothaar
  • 2nd Prize: Aliyah Powe, violin – Tucson
    • Student of Timothy Kantor
  • 3rd Prize: Belle Wang, violin – Mesa
    • Student of Danwen Jiang
  • Honorable Mention: Audrey Wang, Sophia Zhang

Woodwinds & Brass

Division I (7th & 8th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Felix Shen, flute – Scottsdale
    • Student of Elizabeth Buck
  • 2nd Prize: Not Awarded
  • 3rd Prize: Not Awarded

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Gracie Potter, trombone – Surprise
    • Student of Chris Wolf
  • 2nd Prize: Andy Kim, clarinet – Phoenix
    • Student of Stefanie Gardner
  • 3rd Prize: Jennyfer Park, flute – Mesa
    • Student of Barbara Chao

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Supriya Weiss, flute – Scottsdale
    • Student of Brian Gordon
  • 2nd Prize: Caroline Wu, oboe – San Tan Valley
    • Student of Martin Schuring
  • 3rd Prize: Alicia Wu, flute – Paradise Valley
    • Student of Brian Gordon

Vocal*

  • 1st Prize: Elisabeth Kinghorn, soprano – Tucson
    • Student of Stephanie Fox
  • 2nd Prize: Elisabeth Fear, soprano – Phoenix
    • Student of Anna-Lisa Hackett
  • 3rd Prize: Not Awarded

Chamber Ensemble*

  • 1st Prize: Euros String Quartet – Steven Moeckel, coach
    • Belle Wang, violin – Mesa
    • Leon Kobayashi, violin – Chandler
    • Alicia Wu, viola – Scottsdale
    • Jonathan Pak, cello – Phoenix
  • 2nd Prize: MEF Pierrot Ensemble – Carol Mellis, coach
    • Supriya Weiss, flute – Scottsdale
    • John Burton, clarinet – Gilbert
    • Audrey Wang, violin – Scottsdale
    • Jonathan Pak, cello – Phoenix
    • Kevin Tang, piano – Chandler
  • 3rd Prize: Lam-Dai Piano Duo – Yali Luo, coach
    • Nathan Lam, piano – Chandler
    • Rachel Dai, piano – Chandler
  • Honorable Mention: Duartét Saxophone Quartet, sYLVer Piano Trio

 

*There is only one division in the Vocal and Chamber Ensemble Competitions

2019 Young Musicians Competition: Piano

The following performers have been awarded prizes for their respective divisions, with congratulations from the Adjudication Panel:

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)
  • 1st Prize: Jessica Zhang – Chandler
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 2nd Prize: Vivian Zhao – Chandler
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 3rd Prize: Zachariah Gass – Chandler
    • Student of Baruch Meir
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Sarah Zhao, Damian Galasso
Division II (9th & 10th Grade)
  • 1st Prize: Miles Fawson – Gilbert
    • Student of Baruch Meir
  • 2nd Prize: Morgan Beckstead – Queen Creek
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 3rd Prize: Asuka Firdaus – Scottsdale
    • Student of Snezana Krstic
  • 3rd Prize: Jerilynn Solomon – Queen Creek
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Yuna Kang, Tony Kim
Division I (7th & 8th Grade)
  • 1st Prize: Yuha Kim – Tucson
    • Student of Ji-Young Kim
  • 2nd Prize: Stephanie Lobodanescu – Phoenix
    • Student of Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk
  • 3rd Prize: Zhen Tao – Chandler
    • Student of Yali Luo
  • 3rd Prize: Hannah Lui – Tucson
    • Student of Ji-Young Kim
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Lawrence Wen, Daniel Kang, Claire Xu, Marina Galasso

For more information, please contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at 480-422-8431 or competition@azmusicfest.org

2020 Young Musicians Competition:

Strings, Harp, and Guitar

Competition Date: March 21, 2020

Application Details:
  • Complete the online application here: Strings, Harp, and Guitar Application
  • Submit your application fee here: Strings, Harp, and Guitar Application Fee
  • Application Due Date: February 17th, 2020
  • Competitors must be Arizona residents.
  • Students may be no younger than 12 and no older than 18 on the date of the competition.
  • Early submission is advised. It is possible that the number of available slots for competitors will be filled before the end of the application submission period. Any additional entrants who apply within the submission period for whom there is no slot will be placed on a waiting list. If no slot becomes available, the applicant will be informed and entry fee returned.
  • No application refunds will be given in the event of applicant withdrawal.
Music Details:
  • Music chosen for the competition must be standard literature chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary periods. Simplified versions are not acceptable.
  • Music must be memorized.
  • Accompanied pieces must be performed with an accompanist.
  • Competitors must provide their own instrument and make arrangements for their own accompanist. If assistance finding an accompanist is needed, please email competition@azmusicfest.org.
  • Competitors must provide an original and two copies of the piece(s) they will perform. The score(s) must have measures numbered and cuts marked (if any) so judges may use them as a reference during the competitor’s performance. All music will be returned directly after the competitor’s performance.
  • If your music is in the public domain, the score should be clearly marked “Public Domain” or a cover sheet indicating that should be included.
Division Details:
  • Divisions are determined by grade level, and each division has different requirements regarding the number of pieces to perform and the amount of time in which they perform. Please see below:
DivisionNumber of PiecesWarm-Up DurationPerformance Duration
I (Grades 7 & 8)1 or 210 minutes7 minutes
II (Grades 9 & 10)1 or 210 minutes10 minutes
III (Grades 11 & 12)215 minutes15 minutes
Location Details:
  • The competition will be held at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church: 6300 E Bell Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
  • Competitors will receive an Arrival Time that is 15-minutes before their scheduled Warm-Up time. Please plan to arrive no later than your assigned Arrival Time.
Prize Details:
  • Standout competitors from each Division may be awarded cash prizes in the amounts detailed below.
  • Awarded competitors will be invited to perform in the Young Musicians Concert Series in the MIM Music Theater.
  • Awarded competitors may receive additional performance opportunities as they are announced.
    DivisionFirst PrizeSecond PrizeThird Prize
    I (Grades 7 & 8)$200$100$50
    II (Grades 9 & 10)$350$200$100
    III (Grades 11 & 12)$450$350$200
Adjudication Details:
  • Judges will stop competitors if their performance exceeds the competition time limits.
  • Prizes are awarded at the end of each division to competitors who display the highest level of artistic excellence.
  • Judges have the option to withhold prizes; their decisions are final.

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Questions? Contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at 480-422-8431 or competition@azmusicfest.org

 

 

2020 Young Musicians Competition:

Winds and Brass

Competition Date: March 22, 2020

 

Please email competition@azmusicfest.org for more information.

2020 Young Musicians Competition:

Voice

Competition Date: March 29, 2020

 

Please email competition@azmusicfest.org for more information.

2020 Young Musicians Competition:

Chamber Ensemble

Competition Date: March 29, 2020

 

Please email competition@azmusicfest.org for more information.