Walgreens National Concerto Competition - December 27, 2021

December 27-29, 2021


The Walgreens National Concerto Competition was held on December 27-29, 2021 in Ravinia's Bennett Gordon Hall and at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) Center.  The Walgreens Corporation’s annual sponsorship enables MYAC to provide an outstanding panel of judges, written performance evaluations, and a performance goal for students to work towards over the winter holiday breaks. Over 200 students compete in the annual competition at the end of December.

There are two divisions in the competition:  Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) Orchestra Division and the Open Division in which MIC students participate.


Academy student Katya Moeller, Open Division Overall winner, and MYAC Orchestra Division Overall Senior Level winner will perform with the MYAC Symphony Orchestra on a concert sometime before the end of the season. Winners also receive cash prizes.


Katya Moeller *, 17 yrs, violin, Coralville, IA , student of Almita Vamos

Overall Junior Winner -
Lauren Kim*, 14 yrs., violin, Hoffman Estates, IL, student of Injoo Choi and Almita Vamos

Strings Winner:
Strings Honorable Mention -
Emily Chen*, 12 yrs., violin, Arington Heights, IL, student of Injoo Choi
Neal Eisfeldt*, 12 yrs., violin, Lake Zurich, IL, student of Almita Vamos and Injoo Choi
Aiden Yu, 13 yrs., violin, Chicago, IL, student of Almita Vamos and Davis King

Piano Winner:
Eric Wang, 11 yrs., piano, Wilmette, IL, student of Soo Lee


Other Instrument:
Honorable Mention -
Chloe Nam, 13 yrs., flute, Chicago, IL, student of Meret Bitticks

Early Music:
Honorable Mention -
Alina Liu, 11 yrs., piano, Winnetka, IL, student of Dr. Yumy Kim
Xiruo Wang, 9 yrs., violin, Chicago, IL, student of Davis King

Overall Senior Winner & Strings Winner -
Katya Moeller, 17 yrs., violin, Coralville, IA, student of Almita Vamos


Strings Honorable Mention -
Sameer Agrawal*, 16 yrs., violin, Chicago, IL, student of Sang Mee Lee
Sidney Lee*, 17 yrs., viola, Arlington Heights, IL, student of Roland Vamos and Davis King
Abigail Park*, 18 yrs., violin, Northbrook, IL, student of Almita Vamos and Injoo Choi
Carrie Wang*, 17 yrs., violin, Des Plaines, IL, student of Sang Mee Lee


Piano Honorable Mention -
Noah Kim *, 15 yrs., piano, Vernon Hills, IL, student of Marta Aznavoorian 


Early Music Mention -
Jan Vargas Nedvetsky*, 15 yrs., cello, Wilmette, IL, student of Hans Jensen
Carrie Wang*, 17yrs., violin, Des Plaines, IL, student of Sang Mee Lee 


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