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March 5, 2016 - 48th Annual Young Artists Competition (YAC)
Strings and Voice

March 5, 2016 at the Whittier College Chapel, Whittier, CA

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

The 2 categories for the 2016 contest are Strings and Voice. The entry fee is $50 and application may only be made through our website by clicking on the Young Artists Competition Application. The application deadline is February 19, 2016.

The contest is limited to the first 25 eligible applicants. Applicants must be residents of California not older than age 26 at the time of the competition, or 30 for vocalists.The application DEADLINE is Friday February 19, 2016.

Contestants are to prepare a full concerto or concert piece and a solo piece of contrasting style. Vocalists are to prepare three selections: an aria from opera or oratorio, one song from lieder, and one selection from operetta or musical theatre. Selections are to be performed from memory unless prior arrangements are made with the Young Artists Competition chairman.

Applicants will provide their own accompanist and original scores of their music will be made available for the judges.

The two top winners will perform as soloists either at the orchestra’s final concert April 24, 2016, or the first concert of the 2016-2017 season in the fall of 2016, 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 Robert Orpin at

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.