47th Annual Young Artists Competition (YAC)
Piano and Winds, Brass and Percussion
Winners of the 47th Annual YAC!
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.