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Young Artist Competition

2014 Young Artist Competition Senior Division Results

Senior Division Wind Category

  • Winner — Edmond Kim, Clarinet
  • Alternate — Ken Chen, Clarinet
  • Honorable Mention — Gavin Kohn, Alto Saxophone
  • Honorable Mention — Niklas Schnake, Horn

Senior Division String Category

  • Winner — Janie Shih, Cello
  • Alternate — Emily Park, Violin
  • Honorable Mention — Joshua Choi, Cello
  • Honorable Mention — Samuel Choi, Violin
  • Honorable Mention — Jeremy Hess, Violin
  • Honorable Mention — Nicholas Kim, Violin
  • Honorable Mention — Celina Shih, Cello
  • Honorable Mention — Hana Takemoto, Cello
  • Honorable Mention — Kenneth Yoon, Violin

2014 Young Artist Competition Junior Division Results

Junior Division Wind Category

  • Winner — Sean Li, Alto Saxophone
  • Alternate — Naomi Farkas, Clarinet
  • Honorable Mention — Anson Chen, Bassoon
  • Honorable Mention — Ashley Chu, Flute
  • Honorable Mention — Katie Lee, Clarinet

Junior Division String Category

  • Winner — Noelle Midori Naito, Violin
  • Alternate — Caleb Park, Cello
  • Honorable Mention — Edward Chi, Violin
  • Honorable Mention — Aaron Chiu, Violin
  • Honorable Mention — Michael Li, Cello
  • Honorable Mention — Megan Rabe, Violin
  • Honorable Mention — Anne-Marie Wnek, Violin

Congratulations to all!

The Columbia Orchestra is pleased to announce its Young Artist Competition for 2013–2014. This event is open to all students of string, wind, and percussion instruments through 12th grade who currently reside, attend school, or receive music instruction in Howard County. Previous first place winners are not eligible to reenter the same division. Please help us run the best possible event by reading and following all current policies.


The 2013–2014 Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition will have two divisions:

  • JUNIOR—through 8th grade
  • SENIOR—9th through 12th grade

Both division now have two separate categories: STRING (violin, viola, cello, and bass) and WINDS AND PERCUSSION (woodwind, brass, and percussion). There is no piano category in either division. Only one application per individual is permitted; multiple applications on different instruments will not be accepted.


Monday, December 2, 2013: Postmark deadline for entry forms
Wednesday, December 27, 2013: Individual audition times will be posted on this web page
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM: Senior Division Auditions (no exceptions)
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 1:30 PM to 8:00 PM: Junior Division Auditions (no exceptions)
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM: Senior Division Auditions Snow Date
Sunday, January 26, 2014, 1:30 PM to 8:00 PM: Junior Division Auditions Snow Date
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:30 PM: Columbia Orchestra concert featuring winner(s)
Saturday, March 16, 2014, 3:00 PM: Columbia Orchestra concert featuring winner(s)
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 PM: Columbia Orchestra concert featuring winner(s)


All entrants will be scheduled to audition on Saturday, January 11, and/or Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21045. Snow dates are Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, 2014. A tuned grand piano will be provided for accompanists. Large percussion equipment may be provided on request; please note requested instruments on your application form for a determination in advance.

Three professional judges will select a Junior Division String winner, a Junior Division Wind/Percussion winner, a Senior Division String winner, and a Senior Division Wind/Percussion winner. Judges may elect not to choose a winner in any or all categories.

Audition judges will write critiques, name Winners and Alternates, and award Honorable Mentions. Winners of the competition will be selected on January 11 and 12, 2014, and will perform with the Columbia Orchestra on Saturday, March 15, 2014; Sunday, March 16, 2014; OR Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the discretion of the Music Director. Winners will be announced at the completion of auditions and posted online by January 15, 2014; only winners and alternates will be notified by phone. Certificates of participation will be mailed to each participant. The decision of the judges is final and not subject to protest. All participants will receive two complimentary tickets to a Columbia Orchestra concert featuring one or more of the winners. The winners will each receive a nominal cash prize from the Shirley Mullinix Scholarship Fund, a complimentary portrait package valued at $300 from James Ferry Photography, and a gift certificate from Gailes’ Violin Shop.


The teacher/parent assumes responsibility for communicating all information concerning the competition to his/her student/child, and will ensure that entry forms are accurately and completely filled out and mailed by the postmarked deadline. Entry forms must be postmarked by Monday, December 2, 2013. Late and/or incomplete entries will not be accepted. Please check the orchestra’s website after December 27, 2013, for individual audition times. Teachers/parents must supply copies of all information received to their students/children and accompanists.


Entrant’s total performance may include one movement of any standard concerto, a single-movement work, or one, two, or three movements of not more than fifteen (15) minutes total performance from a suite, divertimento, or concertino. There is no required repertoire list; teachers should provide guidance in selecting level-appropriate literature for the student.

An original, published copy of the music must be presented to the judges at the competition. Memorization is optional. Any questions concerning repertoire should be directed to Jason Love, Music Director, at (410) 465-8777.

A teacher may enter a maximum of three students playing the same movement of the same concerto. No changes in repertoire will be allowed after the application is submitted. Entry forms cannot be resubmitted with replacement repertoire.

All repertoire is accepted subject to the availability of orchestra accompaniment parts. Teachers/parents must check the availability of orchestra parts for all repertoire and indicate this on the entry form. (This information is available through most music stores.) Some accompaniments are only available through foreign publishers or on rental, and may cost $500 or more. The Columbia Orchestra shall not incur any cost above $300 to acquire the orchestral accompaniment. Should the applicant choose to perform repertoire that exceeds this limit, he/she shall be responsible for any additional expenses incurred. Parents and teachers must acknowledge their understanding and acceptance of this policy on the registration form.

Photocopied music will not be accepted and will result in automatic disqualification. The original, published music that students submit for the judges is in addition to the published music used by the student and/or accompanist.


Each contestant will be responsible for providing his/her own accompanist for the auditions. Teachers and parents may accompany their own child/student.

When possible, accompanists with more than one contestant will be scheduled as close as possible within the same division. If an accompanist’s name is not on the entry form, adjacent performances cannot be scheduled.

Teachers/parents are responsible for notifying accompanists of the audition schedule posted on the Columbia Orchestra website.


During the auditions, a parent/teacher may only videotape his/her child/student. Videotaping of other contestants is not permitted. Parents may videotape the Columbia Orchestra concert featuring the competition winners from a specified location in the performance venue. Anyone videotaping at the auditions or concert must abide by Columbia Orchestra policies and not interfere with the auditions or presentation of the concert. The concert will also be professionally recorded (audio only), with a compact disc copy provided to the winners.


An application Form in PDF format may be downloaded here.

A separate copy of the enclosed entry form must be completed for each applicant and must be signed by the student, parent/guardian, and teacher. Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. Applications may not be submitted by fax or E-mail.

An entry fee of $45.00 must be included for each application. Checks or money orders must be made payable to The Columbia Orchestra, and may be submitted by either parents or teachers. (This fee does not include the services of an accompanist.)

The entry form and application fee must be postmarked by Monday, December 2, 2013. The Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition offers a unique opportunity for students. In order to produce this event, the cooperation and compliance with all stated policies is required by the students, parents, and teachers.


Please direct all inquiries and mail all entries to the following:

Annette Szawan, Chairperson
Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043-3308

Phone: 410-465-8777, extension 4
E-mail: youngartists@columbiaorchestra.org


The following names are provided as a courtesy and do not represent a recommendation or endorsement by the Columbia Orchestra.

  • Deborah Allen (410) 381-0133
  • Dan Hoffner (410) 465-0104
  • David Holmes (410) 730-7083
  • Li-Tan Hsu (443) 415-2077
  • Lois Hunter (410) 461-4094
  • Lum Fun Lee (410) 461-6207, (443) 420-1054 (work)
  • Sue Pumplin (410) 730-6306
  • Susan Ricker (410) 744-1184
  • Celeste Rusconi (410) 531-9445
  • Phyllis Stanley (410) 992-9373
  • Kathy Vadala (301) 422-0362

You can download a printer-friendly version of the information on this web page.

Read about last year's competition here.