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UMass Young Artist Awards 2021

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Young Artist Award Winners, Spring 2021
Congratulations to all!   Download Winners pdf    Winners News story=>

Category 1 (9th & 10th Grade):
1st place: Frederic Gondek  (Teacher: Elisabeth Gondek)
2nd place: Sydney Palmer  (Teacher: Carol Cybulska)
3rd place: Ilan Balzac  (Teacher: Renée Tatum)
Category 2 (11th & 12th Grade):
1st place: Sam Higgins  (Teacher: Corey Hart)
2nd place: Isabelle Bouvier  (Teacher: Marjorie Melnick)
3rd place: Kelly McMahan  (Teacher: Gina Beck)
Jury: William Hite, Marjorie Melnick, Jamie-Rose Guarrine

1st place: Gaeun Lee  (Teacher: Niva Fried)
2nd place: Jason Vu  (Teacher: Victor Cayres)
3rd place: Benjamin Wolfson  (Teacher: Natalia Harlap)
Honorable Mentions:
Alessandra Mariano, Colby Kramer
Jury: Christopher Guzman, Alpin Hong, Eric Huebner, Gilles Vonsattel

1st place: Melanie Chen, cello  (Teacher: Andrew Mark)
2nd place: John Matters, violin  (Teachers: Lynn Chang, Naoko Tanaka)
3rd place: Allison Jiang, violin  (Teacher: Desiree Ruhstrat)
Honorable Mentions (Gift certificates from Stamell Strings):
Henry Ayanna, Olga Kaminsky, Xavier Ip
Jury: Edward Arron, Elizabeth Chang, Kathryn Lockwood, Morihiko Nakahara

1st prize: Emily DeNucci, flute  (Teacher: Greig Shearer)
2nd prize: Alicia Kim, flute  (Teacher: Ann Bobo)
3rd prize: Yelim Song, oboe  (Teacher: Amanda Hardy)
Finalists: Jasmine Chen, horn; Emily DeNucci, flute; Joseph Iantosca, percussion; Alicia Kim, flute; Sophie Richardson, trombone; Yelim Song, oboe; Joshua Zhang, trombone

Brass area awards:
Sophie Richardson, trombone: Yamaha-Silent Brass, Virtuosity-Gift Certificate, S.E. Shires-Swag Bag
Jasmine Chen, horn: Virtuosity- Gift Certificate
Joshua Zhang, trombone: Virtuosity- Gift Certificate
Sam Bean, horn: Osmun Music-Free consultation and ½ hour of repair
Matthew Beaty, trombone: Gerry’s Music Shop- Gift Certificate
Zachary Stowe-Alekman, trumpet: David French Music-Free Ultrasonic Cleaning
Emily Riker, horn: David French Music-Free Ultrasonic Cleaning
Samuel Wilson, trumpet: David French Music-Free Ultrasonic Cleaning
Ryan Fernandes, trumpet: S.E. Shires-Swag Bag

Wind area awards:
Jason Chen, clarinet: Gerry’s Music Shop- Gift Certificate
Anna Lin, clarinet: Gerry’s Music Shop- Gift Certificate
Kate Park, flute: Gerry’s Music Shop- Gift Certificate

Percussion area award:
Joseph Iantosca: two pairs of mallets from Vic Firth, Gerry’s Music Shop- Gift Certificate

Winds Brass Percussion Juries:
First Round
Winds: Fredric Cohen, Cobus du Toit, Romie de Guise-Langlois, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Rémy Taghavi
Brass: Eric Berlin, Joshua Michal, Gregory Spiridopoulos, John Bottomley
Percussion: Matthew Gold, Ayano Kataoka

Final Round:
Cobus du Toit, Romie de Guise-Langlois, Joshua Michal, Gregory Spiridopoulos, Matthew Westgate, Matthew Gold, Ayano Kataoka

Check this page in Fall 2021 for information about the 2022 Competition!

2021 Competition Information and Description below:

Eligibility  |  Awards  |  Applicaton  |   Fee  |  Sponsors

Open to all Massachusetts high school students

UMass Young Artist Awards is a new online competition this spring created by the music performance faculty at the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance. With opportunities for performing musicians of all generations so limited during this time, we conceived of this event as a means of providing younger artists with some assistance in furthering their musical studies. We are pleased to offer this opportunity to young musicians to perform, compete, and receive professional feedback.
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Open to high school students who are residents of Massachusetts or who attend school in Massachusetts. Applicants must have a social security number.  Applicants must not be under professional management. This year's awards will consider classical submissions only.



High School Division 1 (9th and 10th grade students)
1st Place $500
2nd Place $300
3rd Place $200

High School Division 2 (11th and 12th grade students)
1st Place $500
2nd Place $300
3rd Place $200

1st Place $1000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250
Additional category awards courtesy of S.E. Shires, Vic Firth, Virtuosity Musical Instruments, David French Music, Osmun Music, Yamaha and Gerry's Music Shop.  (Logos below. See award details on repertoire requirements pdf for Winds/Brass/Percussion)

1st Place $1000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250

1st Place $1000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250
Honorable Mentions: $100 gift certificates will be awarded by Stamell Strings

* Funding will be disbursed in accordance with University policies and may be subject to state and federal taxes. No other disbursement arrangements will be made.

All entrants will receive written feedback from University of Massachusetts jurors and guests.

Winning video submissions may be posted on UMass Department of Music & Dance website, YouTube Channel and other social media, subject to the discretion of the UMass Department of Music and Dance.



Deadline: Completed application with YouTube submissions and application fee must be received by 11:59pm on May 1, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Video recording submissions should be sent electronically via link to YouTube. Links should be included on your Online Application form.

Click for Rules & Information (including Video Recording guidelines & winner announcement info), and
Repertoire requirements for Voice, Winds/Brass/Percussion, Piano, Strings  (pdfs)

Application Fee: $35.00 USD *(non-refundable) by PayPal. Applications will not be considered complete without the application fee. Please click on "Buy Now" to pay the $35 fee.


* Fee waiver possible for students with financial need. Please email


SPONSORS  (click on logo for sponsor website):

S.E. Shires   Osmun Music   Stamell Stringed Instruments   Gerry's Music Shop  YamahaDavid French MusicVirtuosity Musical InstrumentsVic Firth Mallets