Winners 2006

  The Young Musicians Competition expresses its sincere appreciation to The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Sam Ash Music Corp. and an Anonymous donor. Their support has helped make this year's Competition possible. The Host Organization for this grant is St. Pauls/St. Lukes Lutheran ChurchThe Preliminaries were held March 12, 2006First Place Winners 2006High School Level      Benjamin Cohen, violinIntroduction and Rondo capriccioso,Saint-Saens SeEun Choi, clarinet Solo de concours, Henri RabaudJustine Tiu, pianoScherzo, Op. 31, no. 2,Frideric ChopinPre High-School Level   Andrew Ryba, violin Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Saint-Saens   Shelly Zeiser, oboeOboe Concerto, Allegro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart    Stone Ng, pianoNocturne, f minor, Op. 55, no.1, Frideric Chopin      Brittany Stetson, voice Nannetta's Aria, Falstaff,Giuseppi Verdi  Complete List of Winners for 2006High School LevelFirst Place Winners: Benjamin Cohen, violin, grade 11, Great Neck South High School, N.Y., private study with Natasha LipkinaSe Eun Choi, clarinet, grade 11, John P. Stevens High School, Edison, N.J., private study with Hanna Kim Justine Tiu, piano, grade 11, Hunter College High School, N.Y., private study with Cynthia MaciasSecond Place Winners: Yvonne Liu, violin, grade 11, Great Neck South High School, N.Y., private study Ann SetzerDiana Miller, flute, grade 11, Tottenville High School, S. I., N.Y., private study with Keri Ann K.DiBari-OberliJoan Ma, piano, grade 11, Staten Island Technical High School, N, Y., private study with Yelena Khaymovich Michele Mazzocco, voice, grade 12, St. Francis Prep, S.I., private study with Julia Sergi Third Place Winners:Ben Bregman, violin, grade 10, Milburn High School, Short Hills, N.J., private study with Patina KopecCynthia Chon, piccolo, grade 11, Tottenville High School, S.I., N.Y., private study with Keri Ann K. DiBari-OberliHoward Yew, piano, grade 9, Susan Wagner High School, S.I., N.Y., private study with Wen-Yi LoFrank Zulferino, piano, grade 11, Msgr. Farrell High School, S.I., N.Y., private study with Janet PranschkeHonorable Mention: Nicole Kilroy, violin, grade 10, Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie, NY, private study with Anna OstrofskyMagee Capsouto, violin, grade 10, Bard High School Early College, private study with Steven Rochen Daniel Kim, clarinet, grade 9, Staten Island Technical High School, private study with Keri Ann K.DiBari-OberliGeoffrey Tsui, piano, grade 11, Stayvesant High School, N.Y., private study with Wen-Yi LoTeghvir Singh Sethi, piano, grade 10, Wheatly High School, Westbury, N.Y., private study with Patricia KingPre-High School LevelFirst Place Winners:Andrew Ryba, violin, grade 8, Home schooled, Fresh Meadows, N.Y., private study with Margaret Pardee Shelly Zeiser, oboe, grade 8, Herricks Middle School, Roslyn, N.Y., private study with Ko Kaiden Stone Ng, piano, grade 7, The Hudson School, Jersey City, N.J., private study with Esther Lee KaplanBrittany Stetson, voice, grade 6, Elias Bernstein Intermediate School, S.I., private study with Janet Pranschke Second Place Winners: Kira Elise Mathias-Prabhu, violin, grade 4, Thomas P Hughes School, Berkeley Heights, NJ, private study with Izabella Liss Stone Ng, violin, grade 7, The Hudson School, N.J., private study with Steven RochenSusan Lee, flute, grade 7, Palisades Park High School, N.J., private study with Keri Ann K.Bari-OberliDavid Zaks, piano, grade 8, Elysian Charter School, Hoboken, N.J., private study with Alon NechushtanStephanie Blanco, voice, grade 7, Oceanside Middle School, Rockville Centre, N.Y., private study with Julia Sergi Third Place Winners: Tara Frances Mathias-Prabhu, violin, grade 2, Thomas P. Hughes School, Berkeley Heights, NJ, private study with  Izabella LissRahbeka Anderson, flute, grade 7, William A. Morris Intermediate School, SI, NY, private study with Tamara KesheckiYuri Kim, clarinet, grade 5, P.S. 3, S.I., N.Y., private study with Keri Ann K. DiBari-OberliKira Elise Mathias-Prabhu, piano, grade 4, Thomas P. Hughes School, Berkeley Heights, NJ, private study with Min KimStephanie Sun, piano, grade 4 P.S. 48, S. I., N.Y., private study with Wen-Yi Lo Honorable Mention:Stephanie Sun, violin, grade 4, P.S. 48, S. I., N.Y., private study with Sanchie BobrowCush Solberg, cello, grade 5, Home schooled, Ellenville, N.Y., private study with Susan SeligmanStephen Joseph Giglia, clarinet, grade 5, P.S. 23, S.I., private study with Mary ParassimoJustin Joo, piano grade 8, Englewood Cliffs Upper School, N.J., private study with Michael ThomopoulosGeoffrey Wang, piano, grade 6, St. Joseph Hill Academy, S.I., private study with Michael Thomopoulos The Grand Prize Winners 2006 were selected at the Competition Finals Saturday, May 20, 2006 The Grand Prize Winners 2006 Each winner will receive $500 and will be presented in a solo recital at Wagner College, Campus Hall Performance Center   SeEun Choi, High School Level, clarinet SeEun Choi was born in AnYang, South Korea.  She moved to the United States when she was four years old, and started playing the clarinet when she was eight years old.   A year after moving to Edison, she began studying with Mr..Hana Kim, who has been a guiding force in both her playing and in her life.  She has been accepted into the Central Jersey Region Bands in the middle school and high school levels for the last five years.  She was also accepted in the New Jersey All State Bands for the last two years and the New Jersey All State Orchestra in 2006. SeEun Choi is now a junior at the John P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey.  At her high school, she is part of the concert and marching bands, which are under the direction of Mr. Andrew DeNicola and Mr.John Zazzalli.  She has been selected to be one of the three drums majors for the marching band season of 2006.  Stone Ng, Pre-High School Level, piano    Stone Ng is 13 years old. He studies piano with Esther Lee Kaplan at Third Street Music School Settlement. He has performed in Christ and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Peter Norton Symphony Space, The Pierre Hotel, Saint Marks Church, and Steinway Hall. Stone has won 1st place in the 2004 Nicholas Flagello Piano Competition, and Grand Prize in the 2006 Wagner Young Musicians Competition. Apart from solo piano, Stone also plays chamber music in the Third Street Music School Settlement, New York Youth Symphony, and The Hudson School.  He is also a member of the Third Street Music School Settlement’s Philharmonia Orchestra.  Stone has been in master classes taught by Carol Wincenc, Ida Kavafian, Phyllis Lehrer, Lang Lang, Ernest Salem and The Shanghai Quartet.  Stone also plays the violin at the Third Street Music School Settlement. Stone has attended Port Milford Music Camp and Kinhaven Music Camp, Meadowmount School of Music, and will be attending Interlochen Center for the Arts. Stone attends the eighth grade at The Hudson School in Hoboken, New Jersey.  Apart from music, Stone’s interests include tennis and skiing. Stone presented his recital at Wagner at 3:00 p.m., May 20, 2007.                                      Prelude and Fugue in D minor.....................Johann Sebastian Bach                                             (Well-tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 875)                                      Sonata no. 11 in A Major, K. 330............Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                                             Andante grazioso, Minuetto, Alla Turca                                      Nocturne in F minor, op. 55, no. 1...........................Frédéric Chopin                                      Sonata in D Major for Flute and Piano.....Johann Nepomuk Hummel                                             with Sophie Meislin, flute                                      Étude de Virtuosité, op. 72, no. 6, in F Major ................Moritz MoszkowskiOriginal Composition CompetitionFirst Place WinnerEric Xu Recording Engineers, Ernie Jackson, Mitch Sims, Jeff CavorleyPhotographs, Jeff Cavorley, Mitch SimsAssistants, Jim Mauro, Astrid Baran