Society of American Musicians Young Artist Competition

February 5, 2017


The Society of American Musicians was founded in 1914 with the intent of promoting the best interests of music in America, and maintaining the highest standards of musicianship. Through the competition, its awards, and performance opportunities, the Society offers assistance and encouragement to young musicians and promising artists. The Society of American Musicians hosts an annual competition for a wide range of instruments: cello, guitar, flute, piano, viola, and violin each spring in Chicago. Instrumentalists under the age of 24, who currently reside in the United States, are eligible to participate in the competition.


Former Academy violinist Tabitha Rhee and current violinist Julian Rhee, were chosen as the FIRST place winners of the Society of American Musicians Young Artist Competition.  Julian won in the violin division and Tabitha in the viola competition. The brother and sister team from Brookfield, WI, have won many local competitions, but this was Tabitha’s first win in a viola competition.  Julian studies with Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee.



First Place:  Julian Rhee, 16, student of Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee



First Place: Tabitha Rhee, 19, MIC Academy alumna


Second Place:  Isabel Chen, 13, student of Jasmine Lin



First Place:  Elliot Kim, 10, student of Sung Hoon Mo
Honorable Mention:  Alexandra Zhu, 9, student of Kate Nir


A winner's concert takes place at Lake Forest College  |  Sunday, April 9 at 3 pm


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