Award History

 

Award History

The Academy also provides special support and preparation to students who enter local, regional, national and international solo and chamber music competitions. Numerous Music Institute of Chicago Academy students are prize winners and matriculate to the nation’s top conservatories and universities.

 

Here is a sampling of award winners over the past few years including the current Academy season.

National and International Competitions and Significant Awards

 

National and International Competitions and Significant Awards

 

ENKOR International Music Competition -Chamber Music (January)

2017 - Astera String Quartet - Hannah White and Ria Honda, violins, Kayla Cabrera, viola, Annamarie Wellems, cello

 

ENKOR International Music Competition - Strings (August)

2016 - Grand Prize, Joshua Brown

 

Irving M. Klein International String Competition (June)

2017 - Karisa Chiu, 4th, violin

2015 - Erika Gray, 4th, viola

2012 - Emma Steele, 2nd violin

Alexandra Switala, 4th violin

2011 - Mindy Park 4th, cello 

 

4th Stradivarius International Violin Competition (July)

2016 - 2nd Laurate, Maya Anjali Buchanan

3rd Laureate, Joshua Brown

4th Laureate, Zachary Brandon

2013 - 5th Laureate, Gallia Kastner

 

Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition (March)

2016 1st David Hou, 3rd Daniel Szefer

 

The American Prize (February)

2016 Joshua Brown, 1st

 

Princess Astrid International Violin Competition (December)

2016 Zachary Brandon, semi-finalist

 

M-PRIZE International Chamber Arts Competition (May)

2017 - 2nd Annual

Astera String Quartet - 1ST PLACE
Hannah White, violin, Ria Honda, violin, Kayla Cabrera, viola, Annamarie Wellems, cello
Vieira String Quartet - 2ND PLACE

Karisa Chiu, violin, Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin, Steven Song, viola, Nathan Mo, cello
Invictus Piano Quartet- 3RD PLACE
Joshua Brown, violin/viola, Zachary Brandon, violin/viola, Lydia Rhea, cello, Andrew Guo, piano

 

2016 Inaugural Year

Vibrant String Quartet - 2nd Place

Hannah White and Zachary Brandon, violin, Freya Irani, viola, Leevy Williams, cello

Calliope Piano Trio - 3rd Place

Karisa Chiu, violin, Nathan Mo, cello, Andrew Guo, Piano

 

IX Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (December)

Joshua Brown, violin - Audience Award, Honorable Mention, the Academy of Arts Golden Medal, and the Siberian Academy of Arts Talent Award

Avery Fisher Career Grant - These Grants of $25,000 give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee believe have great potential for solo careers.

2016 - Alumnus Gabriel Cabezas, cellist

2015 - Matthew Lipman, violist

2012 - Benjamin Beilman, violinist and Conrad Tao, pianist

 

Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (May)

Gold Medal (5)

2013 Quartet Lumiere - Gallia Kastner and Rebecca Benjamin, violin, Mira Williams, viola, Josiah Yoo, cello

2012 Quartet Stracciatella - Erika Gray and Hyun-Jae Lim, violin, Stephanie Block, viola, Johannes Gray, cello

2010 Quartet Danae - Zachary Spontak and Sophia Cho, violin, Leah Ferguson, viola, Benjamin Fried, cello

2009 Aurelia String Quartet - Laura Park and Susie Koh, violin, Arianna Smith, viola, Allan Steele, cello

2008 Quartet Polaris - Vincent Meklis and Andrea Jarrett, violin, Matthew Lipman, viola, Gabriel Cabezas, cello

 

Silver Medal (4)

2017 Astera Quartet - Ria Honda and Hannah White, violin, Kayla Cabrera, viola, Annamarie Wellems, cello

2014 Vox Quartet - Hansuh Rhee and Serena Harnack, violin, Mira Williams, viola, Nathan Mo, cello

2010 Emerald Quartet - Kenneth Jones-Madrid, Ethan Hoppe, Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, violin/viola, Alexander Hersh, cello

2008 Ridere Quartet - Emma Steele, Ryan Meehan, Samantha Bennett, violin/viola, Mindy Park, cello

 

Bronze Medal (4)

2016 Vibrante String Quartet - Hannah White and Zachary Brandon, violin, Freya Irani, viola, Leevy Williams, cello

2012 Quartet Ardella - Laura Park and Jennifer Cha, violin, Devon Naftzger, viola, Ben Solomonow, cello

2009 Quartet Danae - Natsuki Kumagai and Sophia Cho, violin, Leah Ferguson, viola, Ben Fried, cello

2008 Aurelia String Quartet - Laura Park and Susie Koh, violin, Arianna Smith, viola, Allan Steele, cello

 

Honorable Mention (2)

2015 Atara String Quartet - Hannah White and Karisa Chiu, violin, Tess Krope, viola, Krystian Chiu, cello

2012 Pallas Trio - Kelly Talim, violin, Mariel Werner, cello, Kate Liu, piano

 

St. Paul String Quartet Competition (April)

Gold Medals (5), Silver Medals (6), Bronze (1), Audience Prize, and Haydn Best (2)

 

2017 – Gold Astera Quartet - Ria Honda and Hannah White, violins Kayla Cabrera, viola, Annamarie Wellems, cello

Silver Vieira Quartet - Karisa Chiu and Maya Anjali Buchanan, violins, Steven Song, viola, Nathan Mo, cello

Haydn Award - Vieira Quartet

 

2016 - Bronze, Quartet Degas - Maya Anjali Buchanan and Joshua Brown, violin, Tess Krope, viola, Josiah Yoo, cello

 

2015 - Gold, Atara String Quartet - Hannah White and Karisa Chiu, violin, Tess Krope, viola, Krystian Chiu, cello

 

2014 - Silver, Atara String Quartet - Hannah White and Karisa Chiu, violin, Tess Krope, viola, Krystian Chiu, cello

 

2012 - Audience Prize and Haydn Prize for best interpretation of the master's work - Quartet Ventoso - Erika Gray and Jennifer Cha, violin, Caitlin Adamson, viola, Johannes Gray, cello

 

2010 - Gold, Emerald String Quartet - Kenneth Jones-Madrid, Ethan Hoppe, Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, violin/viola, Alexander Hersh, cello

Silver, Quartet Danae - Zachary Spontak and Sophia Cho, violin, Leah Ferguson, viola, Ben Fried, cello

 

2009 - Gold, Aurelia String Quartet - Laura Park and Susie Koh, violin, Arianna Smith, viola, Allan Steele, cello

Silver, Quartet Danae - Natsuki Kumagai and Sophia Cho, violin, Leah Ferguson, viola, Benjamin Fried, cello

 

2008 - Silver, Quartet Polaris - Andrea Jarrett and Vincent Meklis, violins, Matthew Lipman, viola, Gabriel Cabezas

 

2007- Gold, Ridere Quartet - Emma Steele, violin, Ryan Meehan, violin, Samantha Bennett, violin, Mindy Park, cello

Silver, Zeloso Quartet - Scot Moore and Janis Sakai, violins, Moira Bette, viola, Eliott Lee, cello

 

Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition (January)

2018 - 1st Maya Buchanan, violin (alumna)

2016 - 1st Karisa Chiu, violin; Finalist - Nathan Mo, cellist

2013 - 1st Gallia Kastner, violin; 2nd Ade Williams, violin

2012 – 3rd Claire Bourg, violin

2011 – 1st Kelly Talim, violin; 3rd Alexandra Switala, violin
2010 – 1st Matthew Lipman, viola; Finalist - Vincent Meklis

 

Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (April)

2015 - 1st Natalie Nedvetsky

2014 - 1st Natalie Nedvetsky

 

Linda and Isaac Stern Charitable Foundation Award - The scholarship is named after Isaac Stern, violinist, educator, and humanitarian.

2015 - Hannah White, recipient

 

Sphinx Competition Finalists (February)

2018 Junior Division -  Irina Casasnovas, violin; Claire Arias-Kim, violin

Senior Division -  Hannah White, violin -  Achievement Award


2017 Junior Division -  Irina Casasnovas, violin - 4th Place

Senior Division -  Alexandra Switala, violin Mira Williams, viola

 

2016 Junior Division -  Kayla Cabrera, viola

 

2015 Junior Division -  Hannah White, violin – 1st Place; Mira Williams, viola – 2nd Place

 

2014 Junior Division -  Julimar Gonzalez, violin; Mira Williams, viola – 2nd Place; Hannah White, violin – 3rd Place

Senior Division -  Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, violin – 2nd Place

 

2013 Junior Division -  Caitlin Adamson, viola, Hannah White, violin

Senior Division - Santiago E. Osorio, viola

 

2012 Junior Division -  Caitlin Adamson, viola;  Ade Williams, violin – 1st Place;  Mira Williams, viola

Senior Division - Gabriel Cabezas, cello – 1st Place

 

2011 Junior Divison -  Caitlin Adamson, viola; Ade Williams, violin; Alexandra Alvarado Switala, violin - 1st Place

 

2010 Junior Division -  Kenneth Jones-Madrid, violin

 

2009 Junior Division -  Alexandra Alvarado Switala, violin – 2nd Place

 

2008 Junior Division - soin Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, violin – 1st Place; Alexandra Alvarado Switala, violin – 2nd Place; Chaunte Ross, violin

 

2007 Junior Division - Alexandra Alvarado Switala, violin

 

2006 Junior Division - Gabriel Cabezas, cello – 1st Place; Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, violin – 5th Place

 

Stulberg International String Competition (May)

2017 - Bronze and Bach Prize - Karisa Chiu, violin; Zach Brandon, Finalist

2016 - Bach Prize and Finalist - Zachary Brandon, violin

2013 - Bronze: Laura Park, violin

2012 - Gold: Matthew Lipman, viola, Bronze: Vincent Meklis, violin

2010 - Bronze: Allan Steele, cello

 

The Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition (July)

2015 Violin - 1st (shared 1st prize) Gallia Kastner, 2nd Joshua Brown, 4th Karisa Chiu, 6th Maya Anjali Buchanan

2014 Violin - 4th Gallia Kastner

2011 Violin - 2nd Alexander Switala, 3rd Laura Park, 6th Kelly Talim

2010 Piano - 3rd Kate Liu

 

American Protégé International Concerto Competition (April and May Winners' Concerts)

2017 - 2nd Irina Casasnovas, violin

2015 - 1st Richard Li, cello

2014 - 1st Nathan Mo, cello

 

National Youth Orchestra of the United States (Fall-Feb. notification)

2017 - Kayla Cabrera, viola, Peter Morin, viola

2013 - Giancarlo Latta, violin; Erika Gray, viola

 

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award (rolling admission)

2017 - Zachary Brandon, violin

2017 - Andrew Guo, piano and composition

2016 - Josiah Yoo, cello

2016 - Hannah White, violin

2015 - Mira Williams

2014 - Gallia Kastner, violin

2013 - Ade Williams, violin

2007 - Matthew Lipman, viola

 

Triennial Johansen International Competition (March)

2015 - 3rd Maya Anjali Buchanan

2012 – 1st Gallia Kastner, violin

2009 – 1st Matthew Lipman, viola; 2nd Gabriel Cabezas, cello

 

American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition (ASTA) (Spring)

2016 - HM Hannah White, violin

2009 – 1st Matthew Lipman, viola

 

MTNA National Competition Winners (Fall)

2016 - 1st Andrew Guo, Senior Composition

2014 - 2nd Maya Anjali Buchanan, Junior Violin

2013 - 1st Hannah White, Junior Violin

2013 - 2nd Andrew Guo, Junior Violin

2012 - 1st Jonas Tarm, Senior Composition; 2nd Ryan Jannak-Huang, Junior Piano

2010 - 1st Leah Ferguson, Senior Viola

 

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (January)

2017 - Gold Award, Presidential Scholar, Andrew Guo, piano
2009 – Silver Award, Presidential Scholar, Andrea Jarret, and violin

 

youngArts (January)

2018

Julian Rhee, Classical Music/Violin (Finalist) - US PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR NOMINEE 

Ria Honda, Classial Music/Violin (Honorable Mention Winner)

Claire Arias-Kim and Irina Casasnovas, Classical Music/Violin (Merit Winners)

Alumni

David Hou | Classical Music/Piano (Finalist)
Brendan Tarm | Classical Music/Violoncello (Honorable Mention)
Maya Anjali Buchanan | Classical Music/Violin (Merit) 

 

2017

Karisa Chiu | Classical Music/Violin (Finalist) - US PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR NOMINEE
Andrew Guo| Classical Music/Composition (Finalist) and GOLD AWARD WINNER & US PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR NOMINEE Schindler, John | Classical Music/Piano (Finalist) Honda, Ria | Classical Music/Violin (Honorable Mention)
Nathan Mo | Classical Music/Violoncello (Honorable Mention)

Zachary Brandon | Classical Music/Violin (Merit)
Joshua Brown | Classical Music/Violin (Merit)
 Maya Anjali Buchanan | Classical Music/Violin (Merit)

Alumni

Alex Kim, David Hou, Freya Irani, and Serena Harnack all received Honorable Mention.

 

2016 - Alexandra Kim, Cello Merit Award, Cello; Natalie Nedvetsky, Piano Honorable Mention; Joshua Brown, Violin Honorable Mention

2015 - Nicholas Brown, Violin Merit Award and Nathan Walhout, Cello Honorable Mention

2014 - Gallia Kastner, Violin Finalist, Hansuh Rhee, Violin Honorable Mention, and Zachary Brandon, Violin Merit

2010 - Lydia Umlauf, Violin Merit

 

Biennial PianoArts North American Competition (May)

2016 - John Schindler, Third prize, best performance of a violin or cello duo, and the Wisconsin Competitor Award

 

Luminarts Cultural Foundation Classical Music Audition (March)

2015 - 1st Joshua Brown, violin

HM Nicholas Brown, violin Steven Song, violin

 

2014 - 1st Andrew Guo, piano

 

Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition (May)

2017 - HM, Yuelin Zhong

2012 - 2nd (tie), Ryan Jannak-Huang and Kyle Jannak-Huang

2011 - First Place, Andrew Tung Senior

 

Medallion Concerto Competition

2017 Winner - Hannah White, violin

 

Regional and Local Competitions

 

Skokie Valley Symphony Young Artist Winners since 2007

2016-17 1st Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin, 2nd Place Tabby Rhee (alumna), viola

2015-16 1st place Joshua Brown, violin; 2nd place Karisa Chiu, violin

2011-12, 1st place Gallia Kastner, violin; 2nd place, Claire Bourg

2010-11, 1st place Alexandra Switala, violin

2009-10, 1st place, Zachary Spontak, violin; 2nd place, Kate Liu, piano

2008-09, 2nd place, Benjamin Lash cello

2007-08, 1st place Natsuki Kumagai, violin

 

Musicians Club of Women Scholarship Competition (March)

2017 Tabby Rhee* - Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship

2017 Alexandra Switala* - Farwell Trust Award

2017 Maya Anjali Buchanan - Farwell Trust Award

2016 Karisa Chiu - The Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship

2016 Hannah White - The Farwell Trust Award

2015 Serena Harnack - The Farwell Trust Award

2014 Hansuh Rhee - The Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship

2013 Gallia Kastner - The Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship

2013 Ade Williams - The Farwell Trust Award

2012 Kelly Talim - The Edith Newfield Award

2012 Claire Bourg - The Farwell Trust Award

*Alumna

 

Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions (April)

2018 -  Finalist Yerin Yang, piano

 

2017 - 1st Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin

Finalists: Joshua Brown, violin Thompson Wang, violin

HM-Isabella Brown, violin

 

2015 - Finalist, David Hou, piano

2014 - 1st Gallia Kastner, violin

2012 - 1st Kyle Jannak-Huang, piano

2011 - 1st Johannes Gray, cello

2009 – 1st Adam Kim, piano
2008 – 1st Gabriel Cabezas, cello

 

Rembrandt Chamber Players Music Competition (January)

2018 -- 1st Kairos String Quartet - Julian Rhee, violin, Thompson Wang, violin, Joshua Brown, Lydia Rhea, cello

2017 -- 1st Vieira String Quartet - Karisa Chiu, violin, Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin,

Song, viola, Nathan Mo, cello

2016 -- HM Quartet Degas - Joshua Brown, violin, Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin, Tess Krope, viola, Josiah Yoo, cello

2015 -- 1st Etoile String Quartet - Serena Harnack, violin, Gallia Kastner, violin, Freya Irani, viola, Ayoun Alexandra Kim, cello

2014 -- 1st Vox String Quartet - Serena Harnack, violin, Hansuh Rhee, violin, Mira Williams, viola, Nathan Mo, cello

HM - Trio Anima - Trio Anima Steven Song, violin, Leevy Williams, cello, David Hou, piano

2009 – 1st Aurelia String Quartet - Laura Park, violin, Susie Koh, violin, Arianna Smith, viola, Allan Steele, cello

 

A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition (April)

2017 - Grand Award Winner and Strings and Piano Division 1st Place Winner, Vieira String Quartet, -- Maya Anjali Buchanan, Karisa Chiu, Steven Song, Nathan Mo (coached by Rodolfo Vieira)

2nd Place - Invictus Piano Quartet -- Joshua Brown, Zachary Brandon, Lydia Rhea, Andrew Guo (coached by Elaine Felder and Mathias Tacke)

 

2016 - Grand Award Winner and Strings & Piano Division1st Place Winner, Iris Piano Trio -- Ria Honda, Alexandra Kim and Natalie Nedvetsky (coached by Paul Vanderwerf and Milana Pavchinskaya)

2nd Place - Vibrante Quartet -- Hannah White, Zachary Brandon, Freya Irani, and Leevy Williams (coached by Mathias Tacke)

3rd Place - Quartet Degas -- Maya Buchanan, Joshua Brown, Tess Krope and Josiah Yoo (coached by Sang Mee Lee and Roland Vamos)

 

2015 - Grand Award Winner and Strings & Piano Division1st Place Winner - Fortis Piano Quartet - Joshua Brown and Kitsho Hosotani, violin/viola, Nathan Mo, cello, Daniel Szefer, piano

2nd Place - Atara String Quartet - Karisa Chiu, violin, Hannah White, violin, Tess Krope, viola, Krystian Chiu, cello

3rd - Premier Quartet - Ria Honda, violin, Nicholas Brown, violin, Katherine Gallagher, viola, Richard Li, cello

 

2014 - Grand Award Winner and Strings & Piano Division1st Place Winner – Trio Solaris - Gallia Kastner, violin, Nathan Walhout, cello, Andrew Guo, piano
2nd Place – Vox Quartet - Hansuh Rhee, violin, Serena Harnack, violin, Mira Williams, viola, Nathan Mo, cello
3rd Place – Atara String Quartet - Karisa Chiu, violin, Hannah White, violin, Tess Krope, violin, Krystian Chiu, cello

 

2013 - Grand Award Winner and Strings & Piano Division1st Place Winner – Quartet Lumiére - Gallia Kastner, violin, Rebecca Benjamin, violin, Mira Williams, viola, Josiah Yoo, cello

3rd Place - Trio Giocoso - Serena Harnack, violin, Nathan Mo, cello, Andrew Guo, piano

 

Annual Steinway Young Artist Competition for Pianists (discontinued)

2011 – 1st Wonjin Hahn

2010 – 1st Andrew Tung, 2nd Paul Juhn
2009 Senior Solo Division sweep 1st–4th places:

Sean Yeh (1), Andrew Tung (2), Paul Juhn (3), Adam Kim (4)

 

MYA Discover National Chamber Music Competition (February)

2017 - conflict year for Academy

 

2016 - Open Division Overall Winner and Strings and Piano Category Winner - Calliope Trio (Karisa Chiu, violin; Nathan Mo, cello; Andrew Guo, piano)

Overall and String/Piano Division Winner Honorable Mention - Cantare Piano Quintet - Seoyun Baek, piano; Isabella Brown, Barbara Juminaga, Zechary Mo, violins/viola; Mia Wimbiscus, cello

 

2015 - Open Division Overall Winner and Strings and Piano Category Winner - Ètoile Quartet (Gallia Kastner, violin; Serena Harnack, violin; Freya Irani, viola; Alexandra Kim, cello)

Strings and Piano Honorable Mention - Atara String Quartet (Karisa Chiu, violin; Hannah White, violin; Tess Krope viola; Krystian Chiu, cello) and Fortis Piano Quartet (Kitsho Hosotani, violin; Joshua Brown, violin; Nathan Mo, cello; Daniel Szefer, piano)

 

2014 - Overall Winner and Strings Category Winner - Vox Quartet - (Hansuh Rhee, violin; Serena Harnack, violin; Nathan Mo, cello; Mira Williams, viola)

Honorable Mention Atara String Quartet - (Karisa Chiu, violin; Hannah White, violin; Tess Krope viola; Krystian Chiu, cello)

 

Previous Awards: In 2015, won the Open Division Overall Winner and Strings/Piano Category Winner (Gallia Kastner, Serena Harnack, Freya Irani and Alexandra Kim) and the Atara String Quartet (Hannah White, Karisa Chiu, Tess Krope, and Krystian Chiu) and Fortis Piano Quartet (Kitsho Hosotani, Joshua Brown, Nathan Mo, and Daniel Szefer) received Strings/ Piano Honorable Mention. In 2014, the Overall Division Winner and Strings Category Winner went to the VOX String Quartet (Hansuh Rhee, Gallia Kastner, Mira Williams, Nathan Mo).

 

DePaul Open Division Concerto Festival Competition (January)

2018 - 1st  James Baik, cello 

HM - Cameron Chiu and Mia Wimbiscus, cello

1st - Yerin Yang, piano 

1st - John Heo,violin 

Honorable Mention with Distinction - Thompson Wang, violin 

HM - Claire Arias-Kim and Irina Casasnovas, violin

 

2017 - 1st Maya Anjali Buchanan and Zechariah Mo, violin

HM - Claire Arias Kim and Steven Song, violin

 

2016 - 1st Isabella Brown and Ria Honda, violin

HM Claire Arias-Kim, violin

HM with DISTINCTION Lydia Rhea, cello

HM Brendan Tarm, cello Annamarie Wellems, cello

HM Peter Morin, viola,

 

2015 - 1st Leevy Williams, cello

HM with Distinction - Krystian Chiu, cello

1st Katherine Gallagher, viola

1st Joshua Brown, Karisa Chiu, Steven Song, violin

HM - Kitsho Hosotani

 

2014 - 1st Alexandra Kim, cello

 

2013 - 1st Nathan Mo, cello
HM - Krystian Chiu, Leevy Williams, and Josiah Yoo

1st Mira Williams, viola

Honorable Mention with Distinction: Serena Harnack,

1st Hansuh Rhee, violin

Honorable Mention with distinction: Karisa Chiu

 

2012 - 1st Serena Harnack, violin

 

MYA Walgreen National Concerto Competition (December)

2017 Senior Open Division

Julian Ree, violin - winner

Joh Heo, violin - honorable mention

 

2016

Karisa Chiu, violin - winner, and Overall Senior Open Division Winner

Julian Rhee, violin - honorable mention

Nathan Mo, cello - honorable mention

Brendan Tarm, cello - honorable mention

 

2015

Senior Division Winners

Overall Winner - Zachary Brandon, violin

String Division Winner - Zachary Brandon, violin

String Division Honorable Mention

Leevy Williams, cello

Karisa Chiu, violin

Alexandra Kim, cello

Junior Division Winners

String Division Winner - Isabella Brown, violin

 

2014

Open Category Senior Division

String String Category Honorable Mention

Joshua Brown. violin

Nicholas Brown, violin

Karisa Chiu, violin

Serena Harnack, violin

Krystian Chiu, cello

Nathan Mo, cello

Junior String Division

John Heo, violin

 

2013

Open Senior Division Results

Overall Open Division Winner and String Category Winner (will perform in February at Symphony Center)

Hansuh Rhee, violin

Honorable Mentions (String Category)
Serena Harnack, violin
Alexandra Kim, cello
Nathan Mo, cello
Steven Song, violin

Open Junior Division Results

Overall Junior Division Winner and String Category Co-Winner

Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin

 

Honorable Mention (String Category)
Kitsho Hosotani, violin

 

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Robert Stanger Young Artist Audition (February)

2016 - 1st Karisa Chiu, violin

2015 - 1st Joshua Brown, violin 3rd - Steven Song, violin

2014 - 2nd Serena Harnack, violin 4th - Steven Song, violin

2013 - 4th Serena Harnack, violin

 

Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competition (March)

2017 Honorable Mention - Claire Arias-Kim, student of Almita Vamos,

 

2015

VIOLIN SENIOR
1st - John Heo, student of Almita Vamos
3rd - Karisa Chiu, student of Almita Vamos
VIOLIN JUNIOR II
1st - Isabella Brown, student of Almita and Roland Vamos/ Hannah Lin (tie)
CELLO SENIOR
2nd - Nathan Mo, student of Hans Jensen
CELLO JUNIOR I
2nd - Mia Wimbiscus, student of Gilda Barston

 

2014

VIOLIN – JUNIOR 2
1st - Joshua Brown
VIOLIN – SENIOR
2nd - Nicholas Brown
3rd - Tabby Rhee
CELLO – SENIOR

1st - Josiah Yoo
2nd (tie) - Annamarie Wellems
2nd (tie) - Nathan Mo

 

DuPage Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Audition (February)

2018 - 2nd John Heo, violin, HM-Zechary Mo

2017 - 1st Julian Rhee, violin, 2nd - Thompson Wang, violin, HM - Kayla Cabrera, viola

2016 - 1st Nathan Mo, cello

2015 - 2nd Joshua Brown, violin; HM - Nicholas Brown and Steven Song, violin

2014 - 1st Katherine Gallagher, violin

2013 - 1st Serena Harnack, violin

 

Sejong Music Competition (November)

 

2017

SENIOR STRING DIVISION

1st Place  - Ria Honda, violin,

2nd Place  - Thompson Wang, violin

3rd Place -  John Heo, violin

HM - Claire Arias Kim

Best interpretation of a Korean pice: John Heo

 

2016

SENIOR STRING DIVISION

1st Place - Zachary Brandon

2nd Place - Ria Honda

3rd Place - Claire Arias-Kim

HM-Thompson Wang

Best Interpretation of a Korean piece: Zachary Brandon

 

2015

SENIOR PIANO DIVISION

1st - John Schindler

Best Interpretation of a Korean piece - John Schindler

SENIOR VIOLIN DIVISION

1st Place - Karisa Chiu

2nd Place - Zachary Brandon

HM - Ria Honda, John Heo

Best Interpretation of a Korean Piece - Karisa Chiu

 

2014

SENIOR VIOLIN DIVISION
1st - Joshua Brown
2nd - Karisa Chiu
3rd - Serena Harnack

Honorable Mention - Nicholas Brown

JUNIOR VIOLIN DIVISION

2nd - John Heo
Best Interpretation of a Korean Piece - John Heo

 

Jules M. Laser Chamber Music Competition (discontinued in 2015)

Music Institute ensembles have taken first place in each of the past six years.

 

2014 --1st Atara String Quartet - Karisa Chiu, violin, Hannah White, violin, Tess Krope, viola, Krystian Chiu, cello

2nd Vox String Quartet - Hansuh Rhee, violin, Serena Harnack, violin, Mira Williams, viola, Nathan Mo, cello

 

2013 – 1st Quartet Lumiére - Gallia Kastner and Rebecca Benjamin, violin, Mira Williams, viola, Josiah Yoo, cello

 

2012 – 1st Quartet Ventoso - Erika Gray, violin, Jennifer Cha, violin, Caitlin Adamson, viola, Johannes Gray, cello

 

2011 – 1st Okemo String Quartet - Ade Williams, violin, Hansuh Rhee, violin, Mira Williams, violia, Josiah Yoo, cello

 

2010 – 1st Emerald String Quartet - Alexander Jones-Madrid, Ethan Hoppe, Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, volin/viola, Alexander Hersh, cello

2nd Quartet Danae - Zachary Spontak, violin, Sophia Cho, violin, Leah Ferguson, viola, Benjamin Fried, cello

 

2009 – 1st Aurelia String Quartet - Laura Park, violin, Susie Koh, violin, Arianna Smith, viola, Allan Steele, cello

 

Society of American Musicians (January - February)

2018 Violin Intermediate Division 2nd - Kaylin Liu

 

2017

Violin Senior Division 1st - Julian Rhee

Viola Senior Division 1st - Tabby Rhee, alumna

 

2015

Cello - Senior Division

1st - Annamarie Wellems

2nd - Leevy Williams

Violin - Senior Division

2nd Place - Joshua Brown

Honorable Mention - Steven Song

 

Naperville Woman's Club's Young Adult Music Competition (Spring)

2015 - 1st Premier String Quartet - Steven Song, violin; Nicholas Brown, violin; Katherine Gallagher, viola; Richard Li, cello

 

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition (January)

2018 - Runner-Up John Heo, violin

2017 - 1st Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin

2016- 1st Karisa Chiu, violin, Runner-up Alexandra Kim, cello

2015 - 1st Nathan Mo, cello

 

American Opera Society of Chicago (March)

Eleanora Pierce Scholarship

2017 Nathan Mo, cello

2016 Joshua Brown, violin

2010 Lydia Umlauf

 

Arthur J. and Glenna B. Collins Award

2017 Julian Rhee, violin

 

Musichorale Scholarship Competition (March)

2016 - Nathan Mo, Winner, cello, instrumental

Zechary Mo, HM, violin, instrumental

2015 - John Heo, Winner, violin, instrumental

Tabby Rhee, 2nd, violin, instrumental

Katherine Gallagher, HM, violin, instrumental

2012 - Hannah White, HM, violin, instrumental

2010 - Paul Juhn, Winner, piano, instrumental

Devon Naftzger, 2nd, viola, instrumental

Serena Harnack, Winner-Grades 1-8, violin, instrumental

2009 – Hayashi Kiyoshi, Winner, violin, instrumental

 

West Suburban Solo Competition (January/February)

2017 1st Julian Rhee, violin

2015 1st Karisa Chiu, violin

2014 1st Serena Harnack, violin

2013 HM Serena Harnack, violin

 

CSA Concerto Competition-Northern Illinois University (November)

2016 - 1st Thompson Wang, violin

2015 1st Katherine Gallagher, violin

2014 1st Karisa Chiu, violin

2013 1st Serena Harnack, violin

2012 1st Serena Harnack, violin