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Winners of the 2013 Musical Club of Hartford Scholarship Competition

The concert with the first, second and third place winners took place on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford

Click on the following to find names and brief biographies of the winners

piano - strings - winds - voice

Piano Competition Winners

First Place, Piano
The first place winner in piano is Alicia Wang, a high school sophomore at Taft High School in Watertown, CT, and piano student of Edith G. Sullivan. She has won numerous other piano competitions, among them several annual Special Awards Competitions sponsored by the Schubert Club of Fairfield County, several prizes in the Audrey Thayer Piano Competition in Hartford, and concerto competitions sponsored by the Danbury Symphony Orchestra. In addition to playing the piano, she plays the saxophone in her school band, jazz band, and jazz ensemble. At the Concert on Jan. 20 Alicia will perform Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31, by Chopin.

2nd Place Piano
Second place was awarded to Richard Huffman, a junior and honors student at Newtown High School and student of Margarita Nuller. Richard has also won many competitions, including the Danbury Symphony Orchestra Student Concerto Competition, and the Renee Fisher Piano Competition, the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association, and Western Connecticut Chapter’s piano competition. In 2009 Richard was selected to play at Carnegie Hall as part of the American Fine Arts Festival, and in 2010 he was awarded for his playing at the University of Rhode Island Piano Extravaganza. In addition to playing piano, Richard is a competitive swimmer and has won many medals at the Connecticut state championship level. He is also a talented artist whose works were chosen for the permanent collection at Newtown Middle School. He plans to study science and music in college. At the concert Richard will perform Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 885 (WTC, Book 2, No. 16) by Johann Sebastian Bach.

3rd Place Piano
Third place in piano was won by Ann Wang (not related to Alicia Wang), a homeschooled junior from Windsor, CT, who studies piano with Leana Reisman at the Hartt Community Division. She performs in Mrs. Reisman’s biannual studio recital and has also performed in the 2011-2012 Piano Department Honors Recital at the Hartt Community Division. At the Winners Concert she will perform Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique). I. Grave; Allegro molto e con brio.

Honorable Mention Piano
Two Honorable Mentions were awarded in piano, to Kevin Xiao of South Windsor High School, a student of Margreet Francis at Hartt, and Jane Yu, a senior at Hall High School in West Hartford, and student of Sima Brodsky, Hartt Community Division.


Strings Competition Winners

First Place was won by Katie Zhou, violin, an eleventh grader from Westport, CT, who studies with Asya Meshberg. Katie will be playing BaalShem, No 2: Nigun by Ernest Bloch at the concert on January 20. Katie has played in the Norwalk Youth Symphony, and is concertmaster of the Principal Orchestra. She is a winner of the American Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the American Chamber Orchestra last June.

Second Place went to Daniel Giebisch, cello, a tenth grader from Woodbridge, CT, who studies with Clara Kim at the Juilliard School of Music, Precollege Division. Daniel will be playing the Cello Suite #4 in E flat Major, Prelude. Daniel was recently a finalist in the 2012 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux Switzerland. He has been principle cellist of the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony Orchestra for three semesters and has won numerous competitions, including the 2012 American Protege International Music Competition, and the 2011 JC Music-Yale School of Music Competition.

Third Place was awarded to Raphael Boden, cello, an eleventh grader from West Hartford, CT, who studies with Eric Dahlin. Raffi will be playing the Suite for Solo Cello, Third movement: Intermezzo e Danza, Finale by Cassado. Raffi is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and is the principal cellist of the Connecticut Youth Symphony and the Connecticut All-State Orchestra for 2012. He has been a finalist in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and has been chosen to play in the Hartt School Community Division Senior Honors Recital.

Honorable Mention:

Honorable Mention was awarded to Tiana Piscatelli, violin, a high school senior, who studies with Teri Einfeldt.


Voice Competition Winners

First Place in the Vocal Competition was awarded to Dylan Fabas, baritone, a senior at East Catholic High School in Manchester. Dylan has had leading roles in seven shows during high school, most recently in East Catholic’s production of Spoon River Anthology. Also member of Regional and All-State Choruses, and of six choirs at East Catholic, including being featured soloist in the Liturgical Choir, Student Leader in Men’s Choir, and a member of the East Catholic Choral Ensemble. He is a recipient of the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship through the Bushnell. Dylan studies voice with Jason Stammen. At the Winners Concert he will sing Aus den ostlichen Rosen, Op. 25, by Robert Schumann, and Weep You No More by Roger Quitter.

Second Place was awarded to tenor Darian Sanders, a senior at Kent School and student of Margaret O’Brien. Dylan has been a soloist in his church choir since childhood. At school, he is president of three choirs as well as president of school chapter of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. He has performed at various churches throughout his life, with the Connecticut Northern Regional choir, and for a Japan benefit concert after the tsunami disaster. He also performs in jazz concerts at school. At the Winners Concert Dylan will sing Già il Sole dal Gange by Scarlatti, and The Sky Above the Roof by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Third Place was awarded to soprano Yena Kang, a senior at Farmington High School and student of Leslie Imse. Yena is Vice President of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society at her school and has been selected for All-State Choir, All-Eastern Choir and Northern Region Choir. Also an accomplished cellist, Yena has been a finalist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and has been selected for the CMEA All-State Orchestra and Northern Region Orchestra. She currently plays in the Connecticut Youth Symphony and has participated in summer music programs at Luzerne Music Center and Music Adventure in Italy. At the Winners Concert Yena will sing sing Apres un reve by Gabriel Faure and Per la Gloria d’adorarvi by Giovanni Bononcini.

Honorable Mention was awarded to Sarah Welch, a homeschooled junior from Bristol, who studies voice with Dr. Brenda Keen.


Winds Competition Winners

First prize was awarded to Lara Balikci, flute, is a sophomore at Greenwich High School, where she plays in the Honors Wind Ensemble, as well as the Flute Ensemble, and is principal flute of the Norwalk Youth Symphony Chamber Ensemble. She studies flute with Linda Chesis of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College program. Lara is a four-time blue ribbon, and one-time red ribbon winner in the New York Flute Club Young Artists Competition, and won 1st place in the Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Spring Festival. At the concert she will perform Concerto for Flute & Piano by Otar Gordeli.

Kaitlin Pet, oboe, a senior at Glastonbury High School, won Second Prize in the Winds Competition. Kaitlin plays principal oboe with the Symphonic Band, and has performed with the pit orchestra. She currently studies with Richard Dallessio of the Juilliard Pre-College program in NYC, and performs with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. She has also studied with Marilyn Krentzman and Yousun Chung. She has played with the Connecticut Youth Symphony as principal oboe and English horn, as well as with the Greater Hartford Youth Symphony, and Boston Uniiversity's Tanglewood Institute. Kaitlin is the winner of the U.S. Coast Guard Band's 2012 Young Artist Solo Competition. She plans tp pursue a dual degree is music performance and biology in college. At the concert she will perform Oboe Concerto in A minor, movement 1, Rondo Pastorale, by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The third place winner was Sarah Mosure, trombone, a senior at Cromwell High School, where she performs with her school Concert Band and Jazz Band, as well as the pit orchestra. She is the principal trombone of the Connecticut Youth Symphony, and also participated in the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble. Sarah has participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Northern Region Orchestra for High School and Middle School, as well as the Connecticut All State and All New England Orchestras. At the concert she will perform Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, moderato assai ma molto maestoso, by Launy Grondahl.

Honorable Mention: Caroline Valenti, clarinetist from New Fairfield, Grade 11, received Honorable Mention.