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2022 Summer Festival Competition Winners Announced

16 Music Academy fellows win career-advancing opportunities + over $45,000 in prizes at the 75th Anniversary Summer School & Festival

Winners announced for 2022 Music Academy / London Symphony Orchestra Keston MAX program, Solo Piano, Duo, and Song Competitions, and the Fast Pitch Awards

The Academy sends 10 2022 winners to London this November alongside previous awardees to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in Keston MAX (Music Academy Exchange)

Performance Competition winners return for a recital series at the Music Academy's 2023 Summer Festival

Scott ReedMusic Academy President & CEO
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The Music Academy is committed to offering career-advancing pathways to our fellows. In this milestone 75th anniversary season, we celebrate the success of our awardees and are honored to help propel a new generation of performers and innovators forward.

About the 2022 Competitions

The Music Academy’s Solo Piano, Duo, Marilyn Horne Song, and Fast Pitch Awards offered fellows opportunities to showcase their performance and entrepreneurial talents.

Each of the six winners received a cash award of $5,000. The winners of the Solo Piano, Duo, and Marilyn Horne Song Competitions will also have a work from a composer commissioned on their behalf. For 2022, those commissioned artists are Stewart Goodyear, Christopher Cerrone, and Tom Cipullo, respectively. The winners will premiere the commissions in recital in the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall at the opening of the 2023 Summer Festival as a series.

For each recital, the winners may utilize a $1,000 stipend to produce and present their performances in new ways. Additionally, they are encouraged to use Hahn Hall’s recently enhanced audio, lighting, and projection capabilities to craft innovative performances.

The Duo Competition is generously endowed by Leslie and Philip Bernstein.

Patrick SpenceMusic Academy Board Member, Fast Pitch Awards adjudicator
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Each fellows' commitment to addressing challenges, both in the music industry and beyond, was impressive. These entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas – ranging from musical projects addressing climate change and social justice to new technologies and approaches to presenting performances – all have the potential for significant impact in our industry.

Ten finalists shared ideas for new ventures in the Fast Pitch Awards, and one fellow – Angie Zhang – was named the winner to encourage her innovation and creativity. Angie’s pitch was MusicBesties: an app to “turn strangers into besties” by providing a direct line of communication between musicians and audience members. With the scan of a QR code on a musician’s program or website, one is linked to their favorite artist’s profile on the app with options to listen, watch, attend upcoming performances, book them for concerts or lessons, or even host them when they’re in town.

Learn about all the finalists and their innovative concepts here.

2022 Competition Winners

Joyce KwonFast Pitch Awards adjudicator
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While each pitch focused on unique ways to propel classical music forward, I was struck by the common thread of innovation to foster connection to the music. I am excited to see what these fellows will do with their talent and creativity, especially as they develop their dynamic projects and bring them to market.

Solo Piano Competition: Adria Ye solo piano

Duo Competition (pictured): Joshua Williams tuba, Yu-Ting Peng collaborative piano

Marilyn Horne Song Competition: Joanne Evans mezzo-soprano, Tzu-Kuang Tan vocal piano

Fast Pitch Awards: Angie Zhang MusicBesties, solo piano

2022 Competition Adjudicators

Ana María MartínezMarilyn Horne Song Competition adjudicator
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While each pitch focused on unique ways to propel classical music forward, I was struck by the common thread of innovation to foster connection to the music. I am excited to see what these fellows will do with their talent and creativity, especially as they develop their dynamic projects and bring them to market.

Solo Piano Competition: Michelle CannStewart GoodyearNatasha Kislenko

Duo Competition: Mariam AdamSarah GibsonJennifer Koh

Marilyn Horne Song Competition: Sasha CookeMartin KatzAna María Martínez

Fast Pitch Awards: Joyce KwonFrancisco J. NúñezPatrick Spence

About Keston MAX

Instrumental fellows were welcome to audition for the 2022 Keston MAX (Music Academy Exchange) with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Five LSO guest musicians Sarah Quinn, Rebecca Gilliver, Daniel Jemison, Angela Barnes, and Neil Percy worked with the fellows in person this summer and adjudicated the audition, selecting ten winners.

The Music Academy will send the 2022 winners to London this November to train and perform alongside previous winners from 2019, 2020, and 2021 under LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

2022 Keston MAX Fellows

Kenneth Chauby trumpet
Nicholas Gallitano viola
Jordan Farber bassoon
Gene Hotta viola
Orion Miller double bass
Katelyn Poetker clarinet
Gracie Potter trombone
Matthew A. West percussion
Melody Yuan violin
Hanna Zhdan violin

These winners each receive a $1,500 award, plus travel, housing, and meals, and will spend 10 days participating in the following incredible opportunities:

  • Nov 17: Fellows will perform Symphonic Jazz with Jess Gillam at Barbican Hall, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda

     

  • Nov 20: Fellows will join the LSO for a performance of Beethoven and Berlioz at LSO St Luke’s led by Gianandrea Noseda

     

  • Nov 24: Fellows will perform Shostakovich: The Year 1905 in Barbican Hall, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda

     

  • Other activities include lessons, coachings, rehearsals, and additional performance opportunities with LSO musicians

 The lead sponsors of the London Symphony Orchestra partnership are Linda and Michael Keston and Mary Lynn and Warren Staley. Additional support has been provided in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland.

About the 2022 Music Academy Awardees

About the 2022 LSO Keston MAX Winners

2022 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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Kenneth Chauby

trumpet

ABOUT
Age
26
Birthplace
Rochester, New York
Fellow
2022
Position
New World Symphony
Compeer
Karen Broumand and Tom Parker
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow

  • Kenneth is currently a trumpet fellow in the New World Symphony, and studies with Kevin Cobb, Allan Dean, and Ethan Bensdorf;
  • He was named Semi-Finalist, American Brass Quintet Award, in the 2020 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition;
  • He serves as a substitute musician with The Florida Orchestra, and was guest principal trumpet with the Sarasota Orchestra for their 2021-2022 season.

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Jordan Farber

bassoon

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Age
21
Birthplace
Las Vegas, Nevada
School
Colburn Conservatory
Compeers
Debbie Geremia & Edith Clark
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow

  • Jordan is earning a bachelor’s degree at Colburn Conservatory studying with Richard Beene;
  • Jordan won both the 2017 Las Vegas Philharmonic Concerto Competition and 2019 Texas Lyricism Competition;
  • He has appeared with the Ojai Music Festival as principal bassoon under John Adams and as a substitute musician with Fort Worth Symphony under Robert Spano;
  • Jordan also teaches bassoon at Through The Staff and Colburn Community School.

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Nicholas Gallitano

viola

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Age
25
Birthplace
Boston, Massachusetts
School
The Juilliard School
Compeer
David Hamilton
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow

  • Nicholas earned his master’s degree at The Juilliard School studying with Roger Tapping;
  • Nicholas has served as Principal Viola in both the Juilliard and Oberlin orchestras, and in the viola section of the Akron Symphony Orchestra;
  • Awards include First Prize in the 2019 Ohio Viola Society (College Division) and Finalist in the 2021 Juilliard Walton Viola Concerto Competition.

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Gene Hotta

viola

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Age
22
Birthplace
Torrance, California
School
McGill University Schulich School of Music
Compeers
Ellen Barger and Tony Helf & Clive Chang and Chad Tendler
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow

  • Gene is earning his master’s degree at McGill University Schulich School of Music studying under Andre Roy;
  • He has served as Principal Viola in both the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the University Symphony Orchestra at University of Michigan;
  • Gene was a Finalist in the University of Michigan Concerto Competition.

 

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Orion Miller

double bass

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Age
19
Birthplace
New York, New York
School
Rice University Shepherd School of Music
Compeer
Barbara and Jon Greenleaf
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow

  • Orion is earning a bachelor’s degree at Rice University Shepherd School of Music studying with Timothy Pitts;
  • Orion appeared as a soloist with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony under conductor David Bernard and has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding;
  • Awards include the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition (Second Place 2021) and the International Society of Bassists (Third Place 15-18 division, 2021).

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Katelyn Poetker

clarinet

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Age
24
Birthplace
Monroe, Louisiana
School
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Compeers
Pat Yzurdiaga & Ann Edmonston
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow

  • Katelyn is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the direction of Richard Hawkins;
  •  In the 2021-2022 season, Katelyn also serves as a frequent substitute clarinet with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

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Gracie Potter

trombone

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Age
19
Birthplace
Phoenix, Arizona
School
Colburn Conservatory
Compeers
Judy Weirick & Valerie Harrison
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow

  • Gracie is a bachelor’s degree student at Colburn Conservatory, where she studies with David Rejano-Cantero;
  •  Gracie appeared with the New World Symphony this year, and was named winner of the 2021 Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition and the 2022 Phoenix Brass Collective Competition, College Division;
  •  She has performed under the batons of Molly Turner, Ross Collins, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Chad Goodman.

 

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Matthew A. West

percussion / timpani

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Age
24
Birthplace
Dallas, Texas
School/Position
The Juilliard School
Compeer
Emily and Jerry Zacarias
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow

  • Matthew recently earned his master’s degree at The Juilliard School studying with Gregory Zuber and Markus Rhoten;
  •  Matthew has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard, Columbus Philharmonic, and Terre Haute Symphony orchestras;
  • He was also the winner of the 2021 percussion audition for The Orchestra Now;
  • In 2018, he received Indiana University's Performer Certificate Recipient for "recognition of outstanding musical performance in percussion."

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Melody Yuan

violin

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Age
25
Birthplace
Shandong Province, China
School
Colburn Conservatory
Compeer
Teddy Muller
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow
Program
String Leadership Program

  • Melody is earning a master’s degree at Colburn Conservatory studying with Martin Beaver;
  • Melody has performed numerous times as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and was named one of “Canada’s 30 hot classical musicians under 30” in 2020;
  • Awards include the 2009 Yankelevitch International Violin Competition First Prize, the 22nd Annual Bjorn & Lori Hareid Competition First Prize, and the 2008 Canadian Music Competition Third Prize.

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Hanna Zhdan

violin

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Age
26
Birthplace
Minsk, Belarus
School
Colburn Conservatory
Compeer
Teddy Muller
Music Academy Award
2022 Keston MAX Fellow

  • Hanna is earning a Professional Studies Certificate at Colburn Conservatory studying with Martin Beaver;
  • This fall, Hanna joins the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra;
  • Hanna has performed with the Santa Barbara and San Diego symphonies, and was the 2019 winner of the Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy Concerto Competition. She also won the 2018 Hellam Young Artists’ Competition.

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About the 2022 Competition Winners

2022 Competition Winners
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Joanne Evans

mezzo-soprano

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Birthplace
Enfield, London
School
Bard College Conservatory
Music Academy Award
2022 Marilyn Horne Song Competition

Hailed as “a singer to watch” (Classical Voice America), London-born mezzo-soprano Joanne Evans has spent the 2022-2023 season performing as a Resident Artist with Opera Colorado, in the roles of Maddalena in Rigoletto and Lucienne in Die Tote Stadt. Joanne is immensely excited to be joining the Merola Opera Program this summer. As Olga in Eugene Onegin with Music Academy last summer, Joanne “was a magnificently earthy Olga, her rich mezzo tone and prescient temperament, perfect for the role” (Voice Magazine). Joanne was most recently named winner of the Music Academy’s 2022 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Joanne is also a 2022 District winner of the Met Opera Laffont Competition, winner of the Handel Aria Competition. and a proud beneficiary of a Career Bridges grant.

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Yu-Ting Peng

collaborative piano

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Birthplace
Taoyuan, Taiwan
School
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
Music Academy Award
2022 Duo Competition

Music Academy 2022 Duo Competition winner Yu-Ting Peng is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Keyboard Collaborative Arts with Kevin Fitz-Gerald at the USC Thornton School of Music. She completed her master’s degree in piano performance as a teaching assistant at the California State University, Northridge, where she received the Outstanding Student award, Jakob Gimpel scholarship, and first prize of the concerto competition at CSUN, allowing her to perform with the orchestra. Throughout her musical career, she has trained under well-known professors including John Perry, Dmitry Rachmanov, Alan Smith, and Bernadene Blaha. She has studied in masterclass with Yuan Sheng, Meng-Chieh Lui, Daniel Shapiro, and more. Peng attends summer festivals regularly including Music Academy, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Montecito International Music Festival, and the John Perry Academy of Music. She is currently working as a collaborative pianist at Thornton School of Music.

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Tzu Kuang Tan

vocal piano

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Birthplace
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
School/Position
University of Michigan
Music Academy Award
2022 Marilyn Horne Song Competition

Winner of the Music Academy’s 2022 Marilyn Horne Song Competition Tzu-Kuang Tan is a Malaysian pianist. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, studying with Amy I-Lin Cheng and Martin Katz and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, studying under Albert Tiu. He was named the winner of the 2021 Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition and 2018 Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition. He was an assistant coach and rehearsal pianist for the mainstage productions of Don Pasquale, Highway 1, and Rise up for Freedom at the University of Michigan. He was also rehearsal pianist for Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at Music Academy and assistant music director for Music On Site production of Cosi Fan Tutte. He is a member of Trio Amabile. The Trio have enjoyed performing across the Greater Detroit Metropolitan Area, giving full recitals at the East Bloomfield Public Library’s Chamber Series and the Scarab Club.

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Joshua Williams

tuba

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Birthplace
New Orleans, Louisiana
School
The Juilliard School
Music Academy Award
2022 Duo Competition

From becoming a National YoungArts Finalist in 2017, to winning the inaugural Kennesaw State University Concerto Competition in 2018, to becoming the first tubist to win the Duo Competition at the Music Academy in 2022, Joshua has found a way to beat the odds with virtuosic playing of the low toned clunky instrument. Hailing from Atlanta, Joshua grew up fascinated in many different genres of music, with classical, jazz, gospel, and soul music being his predominant interest. His skill over the tuba earned Joshua a full-ride Kovner Fellowship to The Juilliard school where he studied with Alan Baer and Weston Sprott. While pursuing a performance and freelance career in New York City, Joshua also maintained a teaching fellowship through the demanding ear training department at Juilliard, while working with the Music Advancement Program and Gluck Fellowships. Currently Joshua is set to join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a two-year residency in the fall of 2023.

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Adria Ye

solo piano

ABOUT
Fellow
2022
Birthplace
Austin, Texas
School
The Juilliard School
Music Academy Award
2022 Solo Piano Competition

Chinese-American pianist and Music Academy 2022 Solo Piano Competition winner Adria Ye has been driven from a young age by a hopeless fascination with music, old and new. Described by cellist David Finckel as having a “naturally beautiful sound and lyric instinct,” she made her orchestral debut at nine with the Oregon Sinfonietta and has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Europe, China, and the United States. She has been featured in radio broadcasts of “Performance Today” with Fred Child, and National Public Radio’s “From the Top.” Most recently, she was the recipient of the Paul Streit Special Prize at the 2022 Concours de Genéve. Adria is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory with Wha-Kyung Byun. Previously, she studied with Julian Martin and Yoheved Kaplinsky at The Juilliard School.

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Angie Zhang

solo piano

ABOUT
Area of Study
Piano
Age
26
School
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Compeer
Jordan Killebrew
Music Academy Award
2022 Fast Pitch Awardee

  • Angie is earning her doctorate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, studying with Logan Skelton;
  • Angie has performed at Bravo! Vail Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and with orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic and Juilliard Orchestra;
  • Awards include the Peter Mennin Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music and Grand Prize Winner in the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition.

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Music Academy is a performance-based training center and incubator that empowers musicians to impact society positively. The Academy welcomes everyone from across all generations, cultures and backgrounds to experience the transformative power of music. Based in Santa Barbara, California, the Academy presents the preeminent full-scholarship Summer School and Festival for classically trained fellows ages 18 to 34. The fellows study and perform with more than 50 exceptional faculty and teaching artists, while forging close connections with the local community. The Academy’s commitment to long-term collaborations and exchanges with leading orchestras and opera companies results in unparalleled mentorship and career-advancing prospects. The Innovation Institute spearheads entrepreneurial training and ventures through seminars, residencies and the Alumni Enterprise Awards, substantial grants given annually for a wide range of creative projects. Launched in 2018, Sing! – a free, after-school choral program for local elementary students – inspires personal growth and expression.

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