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2015 Walgreens National Concerto Competition


December 28, 2015

The 19th annual Walgreen National Concerto Competition  was hosted by Midwest Young Artists (MYA) on December 28 & 29, 2015 at the MYA Center at Fort Sheridan and at Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia.  Prizes for this solo competition included an opportunity to perform with the MYA Symphony Orchestra and on the prestigious From the Top  radio program. Walgreens Corporation’s annual sponsorship enabled MYA to provide students with distinguished judges, a digital recording of their performance, written performance evaluations, and an inviting and nurturing environment in which to participate. 

 

The Music Institute of Chicago would like to congratulate all the winners and acknowledge in appreciation all the Music Institute students who participated in this competition.

Purple = Music Institute of Chicago Academy Student

Blue = Music Institute Community Music School Student

 


OPEN SENIOR DIVISION WINNERS

Overall Winner
Zachary Brandon, 17, violin, student of Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee

String Division Winner
Zachary Brandon, 17, violin, student of Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee

String Division Honorable Mention
Leevy Williams, 17, cello, student of Hans Jorgen Jensen and Gilda Barston
Karisa Chiu, 16, violin, student of Almita Vamos
Alexandra Kim, 17, cello, student of Hans Jorgen Jensen

Lauren Conroy, 17, violin, student of Hye-Sun Lee

 


MYA JUNIOR DIVISION WINNERS

 

Overall Strings Winner
Liam Diethrich, 13, violin, student of Sonia Hadar

 

String Division Winner

Liam Diethrich, 13, violin, student of Sonia Hadar

 

Early Music Winner

Liam Diethrich, 13, violin, student of Sonia Hadar

 

Liam will perform with the MYA Concert Orchestra on February 28 at Pick-Staiger and on March 6 at Ravinia’s Gordon Bennett Hall.


OPEN JUNIOR DIVISION WINNERS
                                      
String Division Winner
Isabella Brown, 13, violin, student of Almita and Roland Vamos

String Division Honorable Mentions
Isabel Chen, 12, violin, student of Hye-Sun Lee

Piano Division Honorable Mentions
Justin Chang, 13, piano, student of Brenda Huang

Early Music Winner
Zehavi Rodriguez, 10, cello, student of Gilda Barston

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