The Young Artist Award

The City of Gaithersburg and the Kentlands Community Foundation present the annual Young Artist Award, a juried competition culminating in a concert for the top prize winners. The goal of the Young Artist Award is to provide musicians ages 12-18 with an enriching artistic experience and encourage them in their love of music

For 2016, the auditions were held on February 6th at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn and the extremely high caliber of performances resulted in First, Second and Third place winners, as well as Honorable Mention recipients, in the categories of Piano, Vocal, Strings, Woodwinds and Brass. Congratulations to all 2016 Young Artist Award participants on a wonderful day of music.

Please check back here in September 2016 for information on applying to the 2017 Young Artist Awards competition.

Piano Category

First Place – Tycho Gormley

Second Place – Emily Tian

Third Place – Andrew Zhang

Vocal Category

First Place – Analiese Pappas, Soprano

Second Place – Victoria Chai, Soprano

Third Place – Erin Kelly, Mezzo Soprano

String Category

First Place – Masato Chang, Violin

Second Place – Jenna Wang, Cello

Third Place – Steven Qu, Violin

Wind Category

First Place – Hannah Lee, Flute

Second Place – Jason Hong, Clarinet

Third Place – Dane Frandsen, Flute

Brass Category

First Place – Grace Tifford, Tuba

Second Place – Paul Owens, Trombone

Third Place – Jason McFadden, Trumpet

Honorable Mentions

Trung Nguyen, Piano

Ayano Yamanouchi, Piano

Brian Morris, Vocal/ Baritone

Miyabi Henriksen, Violin

Avery Branton, Classical Guitar

Claudia Diener, Flute

Michael Baniak, Bass Trumpet

Performance Requirements:

STRING SOLO

  • Selections from at least two contrasting music periods
  • Stylistically varied compositions
  • Music should be Level 3 or greater (intermediate to advanced)
  • Memorization is recommended
  • Each participant’s time slot is 15 minutes: maximum performance time – 10 minutes, assessment/discussion – 5 minutes

WOODWIND/BRASS SOLO

  • Selections from at least two contrasting music periods
  • Stylistically varied compositions
  • Music should be Level 3 or greater (intermediate to advanced)
  • Memorization is recommended
  • Each participant’s time slot is 15 minutes: maximum performance time – 10 minutes, assessment/discussion – 5 minutes

PIANO

  • Selections from at least two contrasting music periods
  • Stylistically varied compositions
  • Music should be Level 3 or greater (intermediate to advanced)
  • Memorization is recommended
  • Each participant’s time slot is 15 minutes: maximum performance time – 10 minutes, assessment/discussion – 5 minutes

VOCAL

  • Selections from at least two contrasting music periods
  • The repertoire must contain selections in English and at least 1 other language
  • Music should be Level 3 or greater (intermediate to advanced)
  • Memorization is required
  • Each participant’s time slot is 15 minutes: maximum performance time – 10 minutes, assessment/discussion – 5 minutes