2016 Concerto Competition Winners

Concerto Competition Details

Our Youth Programs

The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra held the Final Round of Auditions on February 28, and we are proud to announce the 2016 Concerto Competition Winners!


Pictured from left to right are Richard Sachs (Competition Manager), Second Place Winner Caleb Woo, Third Place Winner Joshua Park, and First Place Winner Lawrence Chiang.


For more information on these talented young musicians, please see their musical biographies below!

Lawrence Chiang - First Place

Lawrence Chiang, 16, from Fort Lee, is an 11th grader at Dwight-Englewood High School in Englewood, NJ. He has studied the violin for 10 years, currently with Ms. Naoko Tanaka. He is a member of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and participates in the chamber music program there. He has won first place in the National League of Performing Arts Music Competition, third place in the American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented International Competition, and a special prize in the Alexander & Buono International String Competition. For our concerto competition finals, Lawrence performed the first movement and cadenza of the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 5. As First Place winner, he will have the opportunity to perform  as soloist with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra in our 2016-2017 Concert Season.

Caleb Woo - Second Place

Caleb Woo, 16, from Basking Ridge, is a 10th grader at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, and has studied the saxophone for 6 years. His teachers include Geoff Landman, Kenneth Radnofsky, Jason Wexler and Joseph D'Auguste. He has performed with the NJ All State Band, NAfME Concert Band Honor Ensemble, Region Jazz Band, Boston University Tanglewood Institute Saxophone Workshop and Young Artists Wind Ensemble, and has participated in Master Class performances taught by Roger Ingram, Paul Cohen, Pavel Vinnitsky, Julian Bliss, and Kenneth Radnofsky. He was a First Prize Winner at the NY International Music Concours and the East Coast International Competition, and a Silver Prize Winner at the International Virtuoso Competition. For our concerto competition finals, Caleb performed the Concertino da Camera of Jacques Ibert.

Joshua Park - Third Place

Joshua Park is a freshman at Millburn High School. A resident of Short Hills, he has studied marimba for 4 of his 14 years with Greg Giannascoli. He is a member of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble, as well as the Millburn High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He has won numerous competitions, including the NJMEA Piano competition and the Piano Teachers Society of America competition. Last summer, Joshua participated in percussion masterclasses at Tanglewood. For our concerto competition finals, Joshua performed the Concertino for Marimba by Paul Creston.

Lawrence Chiang


MSO Young  Artist

First Place Winner


Carolyn Wong Violinist

MSO Young  Artist

First Place Winner


The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra
Goldwasser Young Artist Concerto Competition

 - Now Statewide!


2017 FINAL COMPETITION will be held on

MARCH 5, 2017, 3 PM at the

United Methodist Church of Red Bank

247 Broad St - Red Bank, NJ 07701


$!5 suggested donation supports our Young Artist Program


Program will include selections from the following:
Samuel Barber Violin Concerto, Op. 14
Edouard Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor
W.A. Mozart
Flute Concerto in D Major, K. 314
Jean Sibelius
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
P. I. Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

The Selection Process
Interested students must submit an application and recording of one or more movements of their concerto (with piano accompaniment), received by the MSO by December 21st, 2016. The movement(s) should illustrate both the range of musicality and technical skills of the student.  Note that we much prefer an audio recording for the audition CD.  While Video DVDs are acceptable, screeners will only listen to the audio portion to make their decisions.  Sound quality on an audio CD recording is generally superior and offers a better presentation of skill.


Please download the Application for the Goldwasser Concerto Competition:
Download Application


A panel of orchestra personnel will select the finalists, who will perform their competition piece for an independent jury in a public audition. Finalists are required to provide their own piano accompanists.


Monetary prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.


The first place winner of our next competition will play his/her full concerto in one performance with the MSO during the 2017-2018 concert season. Concert dates will be announced.


If you would like more information about the Young Artist Concerto Competition, please contact us.


Our Youth Programs

For over sixty years, the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra has been committed to enriching the culture and encouraging the musical advancement of youth. School-age children and students of all ages receive deep discounts on our subscriptions and individual concert tickets.







Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians

The MSO also encourages musically talented youth through two special programs. Our Goldwasser Young Artist Concerto Competition. held annually for the past 22 years, encourages outstanding young artists in New Jersey to compete for the privilege of performing a concerto with the orchestra. And local music teachers can recommend their gifted students who are invited to play alongside our professional musicians to gain orchestral experience.



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