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Winners and Honorable Mentions for the 2017 Musical Club of Hartford High School Winds Competition

1st Place winner:
Hazel Wang
Concert performance piece: Pierre Sancan, 1946, Sonata for flute and piano, (9:03)

Accompanist: Gaylien Chun

The First Place winner in the Musical Club of Hartford’s High School Winds Competition was Hazel Wang, a sophomore at the Ethel Walker School, in Simsbury, Ct.
In China, Hazel studied with Daming Zhang, Bile Zhang, Jeffrey Khaner. In CT she studied with Gonzalo Cortes, and currently studies with Minta White.  In her native China, she has won the CCTV National Talent Competition twice, won 2nd prize in the China Flute Association Competitions twice, and won first prize in the International Orchestra Competition in Singapore. She also participated in master classes with the principal flutists of the Singapore Symphony, as well as the China National Symphony. Here in Connecticut, Hazel has been accepted by audition into the Northern Region Orchestra for the past 3 years, as well as being principal flute in CT All State Band last year.

2nd Place winner:
Seohyun Hong
Concert performance piece: Eldin Burton, 1948.  Sonatina for flute and Piano, mvt II, Andantino Sognando, (2:30) and mvt. III,  Allegro giacoso. (3:00)
Accompanist: Adrienne Greenbaum

 

The Second Place winner in the Winds Competition was Seohyun Hong, a junior at Staples High School in Westport, CT.  

 

She studies with Adrienne Greenbaum.  In the past 2 years, she has been accepted into the CT Western Region Band and Orchestra and CT All State Band.  Seohyun won the American Chamber Orchestra’s Concerto competition in 2016, and performed with them as soloist.  She has been performing with the Norwalk Youth Symphony Orchestra for 8 years, being Principal flute in 2013, Assistant 2nd Flute and Piccolo , 2014/15, and 2nd Principal Flute in 2016. 
 
3rd Place winner:
Yoseph Kim
Concert performance piece: A. Messager, 1899. Solo de Concours
Accompanist: Gaylien Chun 

 

The Third Place winner in the Winds Competition was Joseph Kim, a senior at the Hopkins School in New Haven.  

 

He studies with Julie Levine at the Neighborhood School. Joseph has participated in the Hopkins School Orchestra for the past 5 years, and has been Principal clarinet for 3 years. He has also participated in the Neighborhood Music Youth School Orchestra, as well as the NMS Wind Quarter for the past 4 years. Joseph was selected by audition for the Southern Region Orchestra for 4 years, and participated in Ct All State in 2011, and in 2010 as Principal Clarinet of the Band. He plans to continue studying clarinet in college, and possibly be an engineering major.
 
Honorable Mention was awarded to: Saomai Nguyen, a junior at Hall High School in West Hartford, CT.  Teachers: Dawn Matthews and Curt Blood
(She was also the 2nd Prize Winner in the Piano Competition this year!)
 
Judges: Mr. Steve Zimmerman, and Ms Rhonda Larson