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UMass Young Artist Awards 2022

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Open to all Massachusetts high school students.

UMass Young Artist Awards is an online event created by the music performance faculty at UMass to provide younger artists with opportunities to perform, compete, and receive professional feedback, while furthering their classical music studies.

UMass Young Artist Award Winners, Spring 2022
Congratulations to all! 

Category 1
(9th & 10th Grade):
1st place: Abigail Bancroft  (Teacher: Jill Noddin)
2nd place:  Robert Hua  (Teacher: Adam Simon)
3rd place:  Alice Wu  (Teacher: Caitlin Felsman)

Category 2 (11th & 12th Grade):
1st place:  Fangzhen Wang  (Teacher: Teresa Winner Blume)
2nd place: Leping Xiong  (Teacher: Teresa Winner Blume)
3rd place: Riley Musi  (Teacher: Teresa Winner Blume)

Voice Jury: William Hite, Marjorie Melnick, Jamie-Rose Guarrine 

1st place: Ethan Fisher-Chaves, violin (Teacher: Naoko Tanaka)
2nd place: John Matters, violin (Teachers: Lynn Chang, Naoko Tanaka) 
3rd place: Zoey Long, viola (Teacher: Vera Rubin) 
Honorable Mentions (Gift certificates from Stamell Strings): Ella Kim, Amithi Tadigadapa, Fei Yang-Sady

Strings Jury: Edward Arron, Elizabeth Chang, Salvatore Macchia,  Morihiko Nakahara 

1st prize: Chloe Zhong, flute  (Teacher: Ethel Farny)
2nd prize: Alicia Kim, flute (Teacher: Ann Bobo) 
3rd prize: Anna Lin, clarinet (Teacher: Kai-Yun Lu)
Brass area award: Sam Bean, French horn (Teacher: Fred Aldrich - Gift Certificate from Virtuosity Musical Instruments)

Winds Brass Percussion Jury: Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Gregory Spiridopoulos, Ayano Kataoka, Matthew Westgate


UMass Young Artist Awards 2022 is 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. Previous 1st place winners are not eligible for future prizes in their winning category.

AWARDS   (Cash prizes unless stated otherwise)

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
Category awards: Area awards from Virtuosity Musical Instruments, Gerry's Music Shop, David French Music & other vendors

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.


Application deadline: The completed application with YouTube submissions and application fee
must be received by May 1, 2022, 11:59 PM. 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, Strings  (pdfs). Winners were announced on June 1.

Application Fee: $35.00 USD * (non-refundable) by PayPal. Applications will not be considered complete
without the application fee.

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

SPONSORS  (click on logo for sponsor website)

Virtuosity Musical Instruments Stamell Strings
Gerry's Music ShopDavid French Music logo

To read about the 2021 Young Artist Award winners, see the News story or the inaugural 2021 YAA webpage.