The Topeka Symphony will hold the 67th annual Young Artist Competition on Sunday, January 12, 2020. This competition gives high school students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to perform a solo with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. Areas of competition are keyboard, strings, winds and percussion instruments, and voice. Scholarships for the winners are awarded by the Capitol Federal® Foundation and will be presented at the April 4, 2020 Topeka Symphony concert.
Winners of the 2018-2019 Young Artist Competition were Pianist, Sol Park, Lawrence, Overall Winner and Winner of the Keyboard Division; Cellist Jacob Choi, Manhattan, winner of the Strings Division; and Saxophonist Elizabeth Kim, Winner of the Winds Division.
Ms. Park performed the First Movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, by Sergei Rachmaninoff with the Topeka Symphony on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
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Overall Winner and Keyboard Division Winner
SOL PARK, Lawrence, is the Overall Winner and Keyboard Division Winner of the 2018-2019 Young Artist Competition. Ms. Park will perform the first movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, by Sergei Rachmaninoff with the Topeka Symphony on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Sol has studied piano for 13 years and is currently a student of Dr. Jack Winerock. She is a senior at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence and the daughter of Kui-rin Park and Kum-bok Jeon. She is the accompanist at the Korean Antioch Church of the Nazarene and in 2018 she was a member of the International Institute for Young Musicians. Sol has participated in a number of master classes with, among others, Robert McDonald, Alexander Braginsky and Fei Xu. She is the current winner of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association (KCMTA) Heritage Philharmonic Concerto Competition.
Strings Division Winner
JACOB CHOI, Manhattan, Cellist, is the Strings Division Winner of the 2018-2019 Young Artist Competition. He is a sophomore at Manhattan High School and the son of Mee-kyung Oh and Seong-o Choi. Jacob performed Élegié, Op. 24, by Gabriel Fauré and is a student of David Littrell. He has been playing the cello for five years. He became a member of the Gold Orchestra in Manhattan when he moved there in 2015. Jacob plays in the youth choir at his church. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hunting and swimming.
Winds/Percussion Division Winner
Elizabeth Kim, Manhattan, is the Winds/Percussion Division Winner of the 2018-2019 Young Artist Competition. She is a student of Dr. Anna Marie Wytko. Elizabeth performed Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice. Elizabeth is a junior at Manhattan High School and the daughter of Jisook Jung and Sungo Kim and the sister of Neo and Kylie Kim. She is first chair for her high school wind ensemble, placed first chair for NCKMEA and All-State KMEA, and won Winner of the Junior Division of the South Kansas Symphony 2019 Concerto Competition. She is also a finalist for the New England Saxophone Competition and plans to compete in Massachusetts later in March. Elizabeth is the founding president of her school’s Humanitarian Club and Manhattan High Musicians Club and a member of the editorial board for Blue Light Journal, her school’s literary magazine. She is also a member of the Student Council as the Junior Class President. She recently won the President’s Volunteer Service Award due to her work in hospitals, retirement homes, and community work in general. As a hobby, she enjoys being a part of her school’s debate team.