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March 3, 2018 - 50th Annual Young Artists Competition (YAC)
Voice and Strings

Aubree Oliverson, Violinist, 50th Annual YAC Strings Winner

The chairman of the Young Artist Competition is Russ Litchfield, Director of Music and Organist at First Friends Church in Whittier, and retired secretary for the Music Department at Whittier College.

The 2 categories for the 2018 contest are Voice and Strings.

The two top winners will perform as soloists during the 2018-2019 season, one at each separate performance. Each will also receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Musicians placing second in each category will receive $500 cash prizes.

For more information, please call the Symphony Office at (562) 698-8626. You may also email Russ Litchfield at

Winners of the 50th Annual YAC

Youna Choi, Cellist, 50th Annual YAC Strings Category 2nd place

Aubree Oliverson, 19 yr old violinist, was 1st place winner in the strings category. Aubree presented Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Prokofiev and her own arrangement of Chopin's Waltz in B minor.

The 2nd place strings award was given to Youna Choi, 25 yr old cellist, who played Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 by Tchaikovsky, and Elfentanz, Op. 39 by D. Popper.

Honorable Mention in the strings category was given to 13 yr old Matthew Chang, violin, who played Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.

Kendall Harb, Soprano, 50th Annual YAC Vocal Category Winner

Kendall Harb, 25 yr old soprano, was the winner of the vocal division of the competition. She performed Dich Teure Halle by Richard Wagner, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss and Climb Every Mountain by Richard Rodgers.

The 2nd place vocal award went to Jessica Choi, 29 yr old soprano, who sang O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini, Le Balcon by Claude Debussy, and It's My Wedding by Jonathan Dove.

Jessica Choi, Soprano, 50th Annual YAC Vocal Category 2nd place

Judges for the day-long event, eminent performers/teachers selected to represent expertise within the various categories, were: Alan Mautner, Conductor and Cellist, Dr Robert Sage, Conductor, Pianist, retired Professor Azusa Pacific, and Russell Litchfield, Music Director and Organist.