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Clear Lake Symphony

2017 Youth Concerto Competition Winners

The Clear Lake Symphony held a competition on Saturday, January 28, 2017  for young artists from Houston Metro area high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools. 
The Youth Concerto Competition winners will be provided with a scholarship and perform as a featured soloist with the Clear Lake Symphony at the Friday, March 24, 2017 concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 18220 Upper Bay Road, in Nassau Bay.  A total of forty nine (49)  participants participated in this year's competition.

Junior Wind Division

Andrew Wang (flute) Winner, Junior Wind Division, Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, 1st mvt, by Mozart.  Age 14, in the 9th grade at Westbury Christian School. Son of Zhenxiang and Cindy Wang. Studied flute for 3.5 years. Teachers: Ms. Pie Chao and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Andrew is an eager reader, and loves to listen to music and play table tennis and soccer with his friends. He envisions a career in biotechnology.


Musical  Achievements:
Area H 5A Area Band
Region 23 Freshman Region Band
Region 23 Middle School Region Band

No Honorable Mention

Senior Wind Division

William Phi (flute) Winner, Senior Wind Division, Flute Concerto in E minor, 1st mvt., by Mercadante.  Age 17, in the 12th grade at Alief Elsik High School. Son of Thuy Phi. Studied Flute for 8 years.  Teacher:  Ema Armanious. William enjoys making music, whether through flute or singing. He enjoys school band where he serves as drum major and principal flute, and school Choir where he serves as president and voice teacher. He sings at St. Paul’s UMC as a Choral Scholar.


Musical Achievements:
TMEA Region 23 Band Member- 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
· Music Doing Good Scholarship Recipient 2016 - 2017
· Houston Flute Club Denise Jennings Solo Competition - 1st prize 2016
UIL State Solo Contest, 1st Division Rating 2014, 2015, 2016


Honorable Mention: Gilberto Torres Jr. (trumpet), "Concert for Trumpet" by Artunian.  Music teacher: Randy Brennan.
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Junior Piano Division

Sonia Zhang
(piano) Winner, Junior Piano Division, Piano Concerto No. 11 in D Major, 3rd mvt., by Haydn. Age 11 in 6th grade at St. John's School. Daughter of Xiaochun Wang and Xiaodong Zhang. Studied piano 8 years. Teacher: Kana Mimaki. Sonia enjoys Sports. She is 1st pitcher in the WUSA softball team. She hopes to make her music bring happiness to others.

Musical Achievements:
1st place 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 HMTA Music Festival
· Houston Young Artists concert in 2017-2018
· American Protégé International Piano Competition Winner, 2015
· Chopin Youth International Competition, 9th place

No Honorable Mention

Senior Piano Division

Nathaniel Zhang (piano) Winner, Senior Piano Division, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, 1st, mvt., by Prokofiev. Age 16 in the 11th grade at Clements High School. Son of Mrs. Huijun F. Zhang.  Studied piano 10 years. Teacher: John Weems. Nathaniel enjoys classical music, astronomy, ping-pong, LEGOs and reading novels.


Musical Achievements:
SNYACC Grand Prize Winner
International Keyboard Odyssiad Piano Competition Grand Prize Winner
"Salzburg” Grand Prize Virtuoso 2016 1st Prize Winner
Music Doing Good Scholarship top winners recipient, 4 years


Honorable Mention: Thomas Jonsson (piano) , "Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16" by Grieg. Music teacher: John Weems,
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Junior String Division

Susanna Bobbs (violin) Winner, Junior String Division, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, 1st mvt., by Bruch. Age 14 in the 9th grade at the High School of Performing and Visual Arts. Daughter of Catherine Bobbs.  Teachers: Katrina Bobbs Savitsky and Frank Huang. Susanna enjoys piano, chamber music, orchestra and tennis, and math and science. She plans to make music a major part of her future schooling as well as her life.


Musical Achievements:
· Brazosport Symphony Concerto Competition Winner 2016
Symphony North of Houston Concerto Competition winner 2016
TMTA Orchestra Performance Competition winner 2016
BAMTA Young Artists Competition winner 2016


No Honorable Mention

Senior String Division

Kevin Chan (violin) Winner, Senior String Division, Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21, 5th mvt., by Lalo.  Age 15 in the 10th grade at Clearlake High School. Son of James and Annette Chan. Studied violin 12 years. Teacher: John Law. Kevin has attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and leads the club “Strings from the Heart” in his school that performs in outreach concerts around Houston.


Musical Achievements:
TMTA string division, 1st place winner
Two year All-State musician
Concertmaster of Clearlake High School Orchestra
· Concertmaster of Houston Youth Symphony Orchestra
· Music Doing Good Scholarship winner

No Honorable Mention
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Thank You Becky Merritt and Karen Akkerman !

Many thanks go to Competition Co-Coordinators, Becky Merritt and Karen Akkerman for their tireless work to put this competition and concert together.  A big thank you also goes to their committee who helped during the competition and the judges on January 28, 2017.

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

Assoc. Conductor - Clear Lake Symphony 
Principal Clarinet - Clear Lake Symphony 
Dr. Angie Schindler
  Co-Principal Oboe Player - Clear Lake Symphony
  Ms. Melodie Shelton
  Principal Flute - Clear Lake Symphony 
  Flute Instructor

  Piano Professor - Houston Community College
  Dr. Janice Fehlauer
  Professor of Piano - Kingwood Music School
  Ms. Katarina Ryndina Loudermilk
Co-Founder & Director - International Music Academy

STRING DIVISION Dr. Charles Johnson
Conductor & Music Director - Clear Lake Symphony
Viola Player - Houston Ballet Orchestra (retired)
Dr. Julie Carlson
Concertmaster - Clear Lake Symphony
Private Music Teacher
Mr. George Tate
Principal Viola - Clear Lake Symphony
  Viola Player - Halcyon String Quartet
Past President - Texas Orchestra Director Association

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Last Updated: 11/14/2017