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Junior Division Semi-Finalists
Katherine BlackKatherine Black- 3rd Place Laureate
Instrument: Cello
Age: 15    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Hans Jensen
Home: Skokie, IL
Credits: 1st Place Winner of Society of American Musicians - Primary Division Competition, member of Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra.
Isabel EscalanteIsabel Escalante
Instrument: Violin
Age: 16    Ethnicity: Venezuelan
Teacher: Stephen Redfield
Home: Hattiesburg, MS
Credits: 3rd Place Jovenes Virtuosos Contest, 1st Place Llano Ancho Contest, 3rd Place Juan Bautista Plaza Contest and Maurice Hasson Contest.
Victoria JosephVictoria Joseph
Instrument: Violin
Age: 16    Ethnicity: Black/Haitian
Teacher: Romel Joseph & Shawna Trost
Home: North Miami Beach, FL
Credits: Winner of the Ars Flores Symphony Concerto Competition, 2nd Place winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, Concertmaster for New World School of the Arts Orchestra and String Ensemble.
Owen KelleyOwen Kelley
Instrument: Violin
Age: 16    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Nancy Fennessy
Home: Manlius, NY
Credits: Winner of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, member of the Conference All-State String Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Marie-Elise McNeeleyMarie-Elise McNeeley
Instrument: Violin
Age: 16    Ethnicity: Black/Haitian
Teacher: Shirley Givens
Home: Princeton, NJ
Credits: NYSO Seminar Finalist, 1st Place winner of the Anna B. Stokes Music Competition, Finalist NYASTA/NSOA Open Concerto Competition, soloist with Princeton High School Orchestra.
Trevor OchiengTrevor Ochieng' - 1st Place Laureate
Instrument: Violin
Age: 14    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Louise Behrend
Home: Wyandanch, NY
Credits: Winner of the School for Strings Concerto Competition and Long Island Philharmonic 2003 Young Artists Competition, recipient of the Van Lier Fund Scholarship and grant recipient from the Children's Foundation for the Arts.
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt
Instrument: Violin
Age: 15    Ethnicity: Colombian
Teacher: Melissa Barrett & Sergiu Schwartz
Home: Jacksonville, FL
Credits: Winner of the Jacksonville Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Finalist of the Eastern Music Festival and School Concerto Competition, soloist with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Maria Jose RomeroMaria Jose Romero
Instrument: Violin
Age: 16    Ethnicity: Venezuelan
Teacher: Steven Redfield
Home: Hattiesburg, MS
Credits: 3rd Prize Maurice Hasson II National Violin Contest, soloist with Caraboro Symphony, Mobile, Jackson and Meridian Symphonies.
Tony RymerTony Rymer - 2nd Place Laureate
Instrument: Cello
Age: 14    Ethnicity: Latino
Teacher: Eugene Kim
Home: Dorchester MA
Credits: Winner of the Longy School of Music Jr Division Concerto Competition, performed with Longer Young Performers Chamber Orchestra, scholarship student at Project STEP.
S. Ariel StoddardS. Ariel Stoddard
Instrument: Violin
Age: 15    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Louise Behrend
Home: Somerset, NJ
Credits: Chamber music performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, principal second violinist Juilliard Pre-College Symphony Orchestra, member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Rutgers Preparatory School.

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Senior Division Semi-Finalists
Joseph ConyersJoseph Conyers- 2nd Place Laureate
Instrument: Double Bass
Age: 22    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Harold Robinson
Home: Philadelphia, PA
Credits: Solo appearances with Alabama, Flagstaff, Savannah Symphonies and Savannah Civic Orchestra. Recipient of Aspen fellowship, current student at Curtis Institute of Music.
Mariana GreenMariana Green - 3rd Place Laureate
Instrument: Violin
Age: 25    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Ann Setzer & Ida Kavafian
Home: Bronx, NY
Credits: Solo appearances with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Symphony Pro Musica, Civic Symphony and the Cape Ann Symphony. Graduate of the Juilliard School, current student at Mannes School of Music.
Christopher JenkinsChristopher Jenkins
Instrument: Viola
Age: 24    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Michael Tree & Karen Dreyfus
Home: New York, NY
Credits: Semi-Finalist of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, solo appearance with Harvard Summer Orchestra. Current student at Manhattan School of Music.
Shelby LatinShelby Latin
Instrument: Violin
Age: 22    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Paul Biss
Home: Bloomington, IN
Credits: Gold & bronze double medalist of the ACT-SO Competition, Winner of the Rockford Mayor's Art Award, solo appearances with Beloit-Janesville Symphony, recipient of Rockford, IL Mayor's Award.
Stephanie MatthewsStephanie Matthews
Instrument: Violin
Age: 22    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Paul Biss
Home: Bloomington, IN
Credits: Winner of the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists Competition, Sigmond Effron Competition, Cogen Competition. Solo appearances with Takoma Park Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Symphony Orchestra.
Kaila PottsKaila Potts- 1st Place Laureate
Instrument: Viola
Age: 23    Ethnicity: Black
Teachers: Masao Kawasaki / C. Carroll
Home: Cincinnati, OH
Credits: 1st Place Winner of the Geraldine B. Gee International Viola Competition, 3rd prize Clara Baur Scholarship Competition and first prize Ennio Bolonini Scholarship Competition, co-principal viola Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
Mary Ann RamosMary Ann Ramos
Instrument: Cello
Age: 21    Ethnicity: Mexican
Teachers: Larry Lesser
Home: Boston, MA
Credits: Soloist with Gateway Festival Orchestra, Alton Symphony, and Kirkwood Symphony. State Winner of the Missouri Music Teacher's Competition and MTNA Competition.
Dorthy WhiteDorthy White
Instrument: Viola
Age: 23    Ethnicity: Black
Teacher: Masao Kawasaki & Catherine Carroll
Home: Cincinnati, OH
Credits: 2nd Place winner of the Gee Viola Competition, principal positions in Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and Cincinnati Junior Strings, member of the Ohio Regional Orchestra.

 

 



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