2017 YAAA Winners Announced

The 2017 Young Artist Achievement Awards competition was held at the Blair School of Music.  Twenty-five pianists and thirty-five string players competed for cash prizes. Eighteen teachers sent students to YAAA.

 

WINNERS

The following winners were chosen, each receiving a $50 prize:
Strings, grades K-2: Evelynn Zadell, student of Christia Chambers
Strings, grades K-2: Eljireh Field, student of Dana Meyer
Strings, grades 3-4: Megan Loh, student of Dana Meyer
Strings, grades 5-6: Amy Xu, student of Shu-Zheng Yang
Strings, grades 7-8: Sheeline Yu, student of Connie Heard
Strings, grades 7-8: Summer Bradshaw, student of Connie Heard
Strings, grades 9-10: Jayda Adams, student of Dana Meyer
Strings, grades 11-12: Chrysanne Bennett, student of Dana Meyer

Piano, grades K-2: Sophia Li, student of LiLi
Piano, grades 3-4: Judy Hsu, student of Barbara Hildebrand
Piano, grades 5-6: Debra Zhang, student of LiLi
Piano, grades 5-6: Roger Chen, student of Heather Conner
Piano, grades 7-8: Joanne Kang, student of Roland Schneller
Piano, grades 9-10: Taiyu Chen, student of Heather Conner
Piano, grades 9-10: Hayeon Ryou, student of Roland Schneller
Piano, grades 11-12: Christopher Guan, student of LiLi

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

Grand prize winners were chosen at the Winner’s concerts which were adjudicated by Anna Hopefinger, Idalynn Besser, Julia Kwak, and Dr. Robert Marler.

Grades K-6: Amy Xu, student of Shu-Zheng Yang – received an additional prize of $150
Grades 7-12: Joanne Kang, student of Roland Schneller – received an additional prize of $300

THANK YOUs

Thank you to our judges:
STRINGS
Anna Hopefinger, strings K-6
Idalynn Besser, strings 7-12

PIANO
Julia Kwak, piano grades K-6
Dr. Robert Marler, piano grades 7-12

Those who made this event possible:
Amanda Welch – chairman
Jama Reagan – President of NAMTA 2015-2017 and faculty liaison with Blair School of Music
Sarah Barham and Simone Parker for overseeing the registration desk and monitoring rooms
Carol Boeing, Christia Chambers, Dana Meyer, and Roland Schneller for helping throughout the
day as monitors
Jama Reagan, Melissa Rose, and Heather Conner for allowing us to use their studios
Blair technicians who provided a DVD of the Winners’ Concerts

Eligibility Requirements:
1. a Superior rating at the March 11, 2017 local Tennessee Teacher’s National Association audition
2. a passing grade on the Theory exam

 

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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