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MIC Wins at 2023 Walgreens National Concerto Competition

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The Walgreens National Concerto Competition is designed to give young musicians a positive learning experience in a competitive and supportive environment. Professional judges provide constructive feedback about what the student is performing well and what areas need improvement. The competition is open to all instruments, which are judged in the following categories: String, Piano, Voice, Winds & Percussion and "Early Music."

This year's competition took place on December 29-30, 2023 at the Midwest Young Artists Center in Highwood, IL. Congratulations to the following Music Institute of Chicago Academy and Community Music School students.

2023 Winners


Amelia Zitoun, MIC Academy cellist
Amelia Zitoun

Amelia Zitoun*, cello, 17, Shorewood, WI, Academy student of Hans Jensen
The Overall Open Division Grand Winner is decided between the Open Junior and Open Senior Division winners.

Open Junior Division

Piano Honorable Mention
Eric Wang, 13, Wilmette, student of Matt Hagle


OVERALL SENIOR WINNER: Amelia Zitoun*, cello

Strings Winner
Amelia Zitoun*
, cello

Strings Honorable Mentions
Clark Snavely*, violin, 18, New Berlin WI, Academy student of Almita Vamos
Lucy Wu*, cello-15, Whitefish Bay WI, Academy student of Stefan Kartman
Aiden Yu, violin-15, Chicago, student of Davis King

Early Music Winner
Clark Snavely*

*denotes MIC Academy student