Annual competitions with winners performing as soloists with our orchestras

SDYS offers two separate yearly Concerto Competitions to further its individual members’ opportunities at the highest level. One competition is for Showcase Program musicians  and the other is for Ovation Program musicians. Winners perform their solos accompanied by a large ensemble. Candidates can select a single movement concerto, a single movement from a multi-movement concerto, or approved pieces that have original orchestral or symphonic band accompaniment. These selections must be approved. The competitions take place in two rounds. The preliminary round is for all candidates, however, a limited number of candidates will advance to a public performance final round.


Showcase Competition
Preliminary Round:  Sunday, October 23, 2016.  Please note, preliminary rounds are NOT open to the public.
Final Round:  Friday, November 4, 2016.  Public welcome!
Ovation Competition
Preliminary Round: Sunday, October 16, 2016.  Please note, preliminary rounds are NOT open to the public.
Final Round: Friday, October 28, 2016.  Public welcome!

Showcase Concerto Competition

Showcase Program students in Wind Symphony and Sinfonia in good standing with SDYS are eligible to apply for the Showcase Concerto Competition.  Showcase students may enter competition on their SDYS primary instrument.

Please see the eligible repertoire lists for the Showcase Concerto Competition here:

Artist/Ovation Concerto Competition

Ovation Program students in good standing with SDYS are eligible to apply for the Artist/Ovation Concerto Competition.  Ovation or The Music Institute students may enter competition on either their primary instrument or piano, but not both.

One movement of a concerto is to be selected. Non-concerto works are not permitted for use in the Ovation Concerto Competition. Students must play the same movement from a concerto for the preliminary and for the final round.  If selected, the winner performs the entire concerto for the orchestra performance.

Repertoire is open for the Artist/Ovation Concerto Competition but must be approved by SDYS upon receipt of application due to copyright and rental availability of music from the publishers.


2015-16 Concerto Competition Results


Larry Norquist Memorial Award – Ovation/Artist Concerto Competition 

  • First Place: Sofia Hashemi-Asasi, Violin, Norquist Soloist Award Winner – Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
  • First Place: Paul Maxwell, Cello,Norquist Soloist Award Winner – Saint-Saens’s Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33, First Movement
  • Second Place: Yeawon Erica Hwang, Violin – Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, First Movement
  • Third Place: Jay Shankar, Clarinet – Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet, K. 622, First Movement
  • Finalists:
  • Christine Kim, Flute – Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Third Movement
  • Song (Amy) Lee, Violin – Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6, First Movement
  • Andrew Rim, Cello – Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major, No. 2, First Movement


Showcase Concerto Competition

  • First Place: Michelle Liu, Flute
  • Second Place: Amanda Martin, Violin
  • Third Place: Susan Lee, Violin


Past Winners

2014-15 Concerto Competition Results


We are delighted to announce the winners of the soloist award for the 2014-15 Ovation Program Concerto Competition are:

Sofia Hashemi-Asasi, Violin – Watch her performance here

Allan Huang, Violin – Watch his performance here Sofia perfermed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 first movement and Allan performed Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major third movement.

They will play their winning pieces with orchestras on the Artist Series Concert in January and Ovation Concert in February 2015.

Second Place: Paul Maxwell, Cello

Third Place: Ashley Wang, Piccolo


First Place: Luke Kim, Cello Luke performed Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major, first movement The first place winner Luke Kim will perform his winning concerto at the Showcase Concert onFebruary 1, 2015.

Second Place: Susan Lee, Violin

Third Place: Chae Yoon (Gemma) Baek, Clarinet

2013-2014 Concerto Competitions Results

Symphony Orchestra / Philharmonia Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Andrea Fortier – Viola
  • Second Place: Omar Gaidarov – Flute
  • Third Place: Richard Xu – Violin


  • Allan Huang – Violin
  • Sara Kornfeld-Simpson – Oboe
  • Clara Lee – Violin
  • Flora Li – Violin
  • Ashley Wang – Flute

Wind Orchestra Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Ashley Wang, Flute
  • Second Place: Austin Su, Alto Saxophone
  • Second Place: Jay Shankar, Clarinet

Sinfonia Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Christine Kim, Flute
  • Second Place: Song Lee, Violin
  • Third Place: Emily Naseul Jeong, Clarinet

Wind Symphony Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Chae Yoon Baek, Clarinet
  • Second Place:, Elvin Schlanger, Flute
2012-2013 Concerto Competitions Results

Symphony Orchestra / Philharmonia Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Jasmine Wang – Violin
  • Second Place: Jarvis Chang – Violin
  • Third Place: Omar Gaidarov – Flute
  • Third Place: David Mrdjenovich – Cello


  • Joshua Lee – Marimba
  • Flora Li – Violin

Sinfonia Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Ryan Park – Violin
  • Second Place: Leonard Yoon – Clarinet
  • Third place: Michelle Ju – Violin


  • Marcos Espinosa – Marimba
  • Song Lee – Violin
  • Albert Lee – Cello

Honorable Mentions: Russell Chiang – Cello Vivian Shing – Violin David Zeng – Cello   Wind Symphony/Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Sara Kornfeld Simpson – Flute
  • Second Place: Yenny Zhang – Alto Saxophone
  • Third Place: Kenneth Xu – Flute


  • Emily Jeong – Clarinet
  • Jay Shankar – Clarinet
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