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2006 Youth Concerto Competition Winners

The Clear Lake Symphony held a competition on March 4 & 5, 2006  for young artists from Houston area high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools. 
The Youth Concerto Competition winners will be provided with a scholarship and perform with the Clear Lake Symphony at the April 1, 2006 concert.

Junior Wind Division

Hailey Gowan (Flute) Winner, "Fantasie on Hungarian Motives", by Doppler.  Age 14 in the 9th grade at Clear Brook High School.  Daughter of Brian & Kelly Gowan.  Studied flute 3 years.  Teachers: Norma Williams, Stan Mauldin and Michael Ary.  Formerly studied under Bob Anderson and Ema Armanious.  She enjoys baking, dancing, music and spending time with family and friends. She is an actress in the 2006 Clear Brook Winter Percussion Ensemble, directed by Christopher Retschulte.  Hailey plans to major in music performance in college.

District Band, 7th Grade
Regional Band & Orchestra, 8th Grade
1st Chair, Clear Brook Wind Ensemble (2005/2006)
1st Place Ensemble, 2005 Houston Flute Festival
Ema Armanious Flute Choir

Carole Pouzar (Flute) Winner, "Fantasie on Hungarian Motives", by Doppler.  Age 14  in the 9th grade at Clear Lake High School.  Daughter of Drs. Joe & Linda Pouzar.  Studied flute 6 years.  Teacher: Norma Williams.  Carole enjoys drama, musical theater, writing and music competition. She takes voice and piano lessons, plays in the school band and sings in the school choir.  Carole plans to major in musical and vocal performance.

Junior Wind Division Winner, Clear Lake Symphony Youth (2004)
8th Grade Division Winner, Houston Flute Competition (2005)
1st Chair, Region Symphonic Winds (2005/2006)

Senior Wind Division

Maristel A. Cedillo (Flute) Winner, "Ballade", by Martin.  Age 18 in the 12th grade at Westfield High School.  Daughter of Aniceto & Imelda Cedillo.  Studied flute 8 years.  Teacher: Dr. Sidney Carlson.  Maristel enjoys music, playing her electric bass guitar, dinging, dance, poetry, horseback riding and spending time with the family.  She plans to major in music performance and music education.

TEMA All-State Member, 3 Years, (1st Overall Junior year)
Winner, Westfield Area Concerto Competition, 2 Years
Winner, Houston Flute Club's Denise Jennings Concerto Competition
Top 5 Finalist, A/G National Fine arts Competition, Instrumental & Female Vocal Solo Category
1st Chair (4 of 6 years), Regional Band (6 consecutive years)
2nd Place, Virtuosi Concerto Competition with a $1500 Scholarship

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Junior Piano Division

Benjamin Kwak (Piano) Winner, "Piano Concerto No, 1 in D-flat, by Prokofiev.  Age 15 in the 10th grade at Kinkaid Lake High School.  Son of Larry and Ruth Kwak.  Benjamin studied piano 10 years.  Teacher: John Weems.  He enjoys playing tennis and reading novels by Vince Flynn.  He is also a member of the Kinkaid HS Debate Team.  Benjamin plans to pursue a career in medical research.

First Place (2001 & 2002), Bay Area Young Artist Competition
Houston Young Artist Concert (2003)
TMTA District Winner & Houston Winner (2003)
All-Region Orchestra (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Region Orchestra Assistance Concert Master   (2004, 2005)
All- State Orchestra (2005)

Senior Piano Division

Stephanie Chan (Piano) Winner, "Piano Concerto No. 2 in A,"  by Liszt.  Age 17 in the 12th grade at High School for Performing & Visual Arts.  Daughter of Man-Ying & Clara Chan.  Stephanie studied piano 11years.  Teacher: John Weems.  She enjoys reading and watching sports.

National Finalist, MTNA Senior Piano Performance Competition
Winner, Houston School for Performing & Visual Arts Concerto Competition
Member, Houston School for Performing & Visual Arts Orchestra
Competing in National Finals in March 2006
1st Place, TMTA in 9 - 10 Piano Concerto Division (2005)

Junior String Division

Brandon M. Simon (Violin) Winner, "Violin Concerto in A minor", by Accolay.  Age 12 in the 6th grade at Memorial Middle School.  Son of Leonard and Mary Jane Simon.  Studied violin 7 years.  Teacher: Kathy Karpicke.  Brandon's hobbies include playing in a band he formed and playing baseball.  His ambition is to become a solo violinist and a studio guitar player.

2nd Place, GHYO Concerto Competition (2004)
1st Place, GHYO Concerto Competition (2005)
Made judges at SHISD Solo & Ensemble Competition clap (per Brandon, they never clap)

Senior String Division

Mark Yee (Cello) Winner, "Cello Concerto in B minor," by Dvorak.  Age 18 in the 12th grade in the High School for Performing & Visual Arts.  Son of Jun and Ann Yee.  Studied cello 7 years.  Mark started his cello lessons at age 11.
He currently studies with Richard Aaron from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Chris French from Rice University, Associate Principal of the Houston Symphony.  Mark has spent his summers at the Aria International Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.  He has also served principal cellist of Region XIX for four consecutive years and has been assistant principal of the Texas Music Educators Association, Houston Youth Symphony, and in the Virtuosi of Houston.
Mark has performed in master classes of Lynn Harrell, Desmond Hoebig, David Finckel, and Laszlo Varga.  He currently plays on an 1834 Brenardel cello.

1st Place, Fort Bend Concerto Competition
1st Place, Houston Civic Symphony
1st Place, Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition
Honorable Mention, Lennox Young Artist Competition
Honorable Mention, Blount Young Artist Competition
Honorable Mention, Texas Associates Symphony Orchestras Concerto Competition
Finalist, Lennox Young Arts Competition (2006)

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Thank You Roje Yap

Many thanks go to Competition Coordinator, Roje Yap for his tireless work to put this competition and concert together.  A big thank you also goes to his committee  who helped during the competition and the judges on March 4 & 5, 2006.

The committee members are:
Carla Sugar
Betty Wall
Jens Houken
C.Y. Cheng

A fine job was done by the competition Judges.  This year's judges were the following:

Associate Conductor - Clear Lake Symphony
Orchestra Director - University Baptist Church
Mr. Guinn Pitts
Band Director - Sam Rayburn High School
Mr. Charles Salyer
Band Director (retired)

Associate Conductor - Clear Lake Symphony
Orchestra Director - University Baptist Church
Dr. Vicki Seldon
Professor of Piano - Prairie View A&M
Dr. Sooah Chae
Professor of Piano - College of the Mainland

Professor of Strings - Lamar University
Ms. Anabel Johnson
Violinist - Houston Grand Opera
Ms. Erika Lawson
Violinist - Houston Grand Opera

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wishes to express our special appreciation to 
Fred and Nancy Forshey of
Forshey Piano Company
for providing the beautiful
Steinway Piano
for the Youth Concerto Competition
and the concert performance on April 1, 2006

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