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National YoungArts Foundation Winners

(l to r) Andrew Guo, Karisa Chiu and John Schindler


January 5, 2017

 

YoungArts is proud to announce its 2017 Winners - 691 of the nation's most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts.

Congratulations to the following Academy Students (representing 3 of the 20 national finalists in the classical music category):


Karisa Chiu | Classical Music/Violin (Finalist) | violin student of Almita Vamos
Karisa has also been named a Presidential Scholar Nominee* and is the recipient of a $1,500 award

 

Andrew Guo | Classical Music/Composition (Finalist) piano student of Alan Chow

Andrew has also been named a Presidential Scholar Nominee*  and is the recipient of the $10,000 Gold Award for Composition.
 

John Schindler | Classical Music/Piano (Finalist) | piano student of Alan Chow


Ria Honda | Classical Music/Violin (Honorable Mention)

student of Almita Vamos
 

Nathan Mo | Classical Music/Violoncello (Honorable Mention) 

student of Hans Jorgen Jensen


Zachary Brandon | Classical Music/Violin (Merit) 

student of Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee

 

Joshua Brown | Classical Music/Violin (Merit) 

student of Almita and Roland Vamos
 

Maya Anjali Buchanan | Classical Music/Violin (Merit) 

student of Almita Vamos

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


YoungArts is proud to announce its 2017 Winners - 693 of the nation’s most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. Selected from the largest pool of applicants to date, and representing artists from 42 states, YoungArts Winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000, mentorship and training from acclaimed artists, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals. 

 

Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the 2017 Winners represent the top 8.67% of applications and include 167 Finalists, the organization’s highest honor. This year’s Finalists had the opportunity to participate in the 36th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami from January 8 to 15, 2017.

 

All Winners become part of a professional network of over 20,000 alumni artists and are eligible to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs, including YoungArts Miami (February 21 – 26, 2017), YoungArts Los Angeles (March 28 – April 2, 2017) and YoungArts New York (April 25 – 30, 2017).

 


Presidential Scholar Nominee*

 

Congratulations to Andrew Guo, and Karisa Chiu for their Presidential Scholar nominations.

 

YoungArts nominates 60 candidates for an invitation to apply to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Finally, the Commission on Presidential Scholars selects 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts each year based on artistic achievement, personal characteristics and leadership and service activities.


U.S. Presidential Scholars are invited to Washington, D.C. for several days of recognition activities. The scholars meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other leaders. Scholars also visit museums and monuments in our nation’s capital and attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor.

In addition to these activities, the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts have the opportunity to display their artwork in an exhibition and perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


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