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47th Annual Young Artists Competition (YAC)
Piano and Winds, Brass and Percussion

Katsuya Yuasa, 47th Annual YAC Woodwind, Brass, Percussion Winner

Winners of the 47th Annual YAC!

Sam Kinsey, 47th Annual YAC Piano Category Winner

Two young musicians, a clarinetist and a pianist, won the Rio Hondo Symphony's 47th annual Young Artists Competition February 28, 2015, in the Chapel at Whittier College.

Sam Kinsey, a pianist from Northridge CA who studies at USC, placed first in the piano category. Katsuya Yuasa, a clarinetist from Northern California who studies at The Boston Conservatory, won in the woodwind, brass and percussion category.

In addition to receiving $1,000 cash prizes, the two winners will appear as soloists at 2 of the orchestra's concerts in the 2015-2016 season.

Placing 2nd among the pianists was Jonathan Mamora, while Honorable Mention in the piano category was awarded to Jeremiah Cossa.

Judges for the day-long event, eminent performers/teachers selected to represent expertise within the various categories, were: Dr Linda Brown, Dr. Anna Krendel, and Dr. Carol McDaniel. Chairing the competition were Bob Orpin, Past President, Rio Hondo Symphony Assn, and Enrique & Maria Elena Alvarez.