2015 YAAA Winners Announced

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Young Artist Achievement Awards
May 2, 2015
Blair School of Music

The 2015 Young Artist Achievement Awards competition was held at the Blair School of Music.  Thirty-one pianists and six string players competed for cash prizes. Fifteen teachers sent students to YAAA.

JUDGES:
STRINGS
David Mansouri

PIANO
Linda Harmon, piano grades K-6
Dr. Kristian Klefstad – grades 7-12

A Superior rating at the March 14, 2015 local Tennessee Teacher’s National Association audition and a passing grade on the Theory exam were eligibility requirements for entrants. 

The following winners were chosen, each receiving a $50 prize:

Strings, grades 3-4:   Brian Xu, student of Shu-Zheng Yang

Strings, grades 5-6:   Sheelline Yu, student of Shu-Zheng Yang

Jacob Lee, student of Katherine Mansouri

Strings, grades 7-8:   Ian Haynes, student of Katherine Mansouri

Piano, grades K-2:    Brayden Zhang, student of LiLi

Piano, grades 3-4:     Caleb Park, student of LiLi

Piano, grades 5-6:     Ethan Li, student of LiLi

Piano, grades 7-8:     Taiyu Chen, student of Amy Dorfman

Piano, grades 9-10:   Christopher Guan, student of LiLi

 

Grand prize winners were chosen at the Winner’s concert:
Adjudicated by David Mansouri, Linda Harmon, and Dr. Kristian Klefstad

Grades K-6: Sheelline Yu, student of Shu-Zheng Yang – received an additional prize of $150

Grades 7-12: Christopher Guan, student of LiLi – received an additional prize of $300

 

Those who made this event possible:
Amanda Welch – chairman

Valerie Middleton – President of NAMTA 2013-2015 and faculty liaison with Blair School of Music

Pamela Andrews, Emma Veers, and Tina Simpson – helped throughout the day as monitors

Jama Reagan and Melissa Rose for allowing us to use their studios

Blair technicians who provided a DVD of the Winners’ Concert

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