2017 Concerto Competition Winners
Concerto Competition Details
Our Youth Programs
2017 Goldwasser Concerto Competition Winners
The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra held the Final Round of Auditions on March 5, 2017, and we are proud to announce the 2017 Concerto Competition Winners!
Pictured in the back row: Music Director Roy Gussman with judges Roger Stubblefield, Dorothy Sobieski, and Evan Cooper, along with Competition Manager Richard Sachs. Front row left to right are First Place Winner Alyssa Kim, Third Place Winner Chelsie Lim, and Second Place Winner Dallas Noble.
For more information on these talented young musicians, please see their musical biographies below!
Alyssa Kim – First Place
At the time of our competition, River Edge, NJ resident, Alyssa Kim, age 16, was in the eleventh grade at River Dell High School in Oradell, NJ. She has studied violin for twelve years, presently with Naoko Tanaka. Alyssa has served as concertmaster of the Manhattan School of Music’s Concert Orchestra and of the Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble, and as principal for the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony and for the World Youth Alliance Orchestra Ensemble. Alyssa was Grand Prize winner of the Ensemble 212 Young Artist Concerto Competition and has won first prize in numerous competitions, including the NYIAA Young Artist Competition, the International Virtuoso Competition, and the NJ Intergenerational Orchestra Young Artist Competition. For our Concerto Competition Finals, Alyssa performed the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor. As First Place Winner, Alyssa will perform the entire Sibelius Violin Concerto in MSO’s third concert this season on April 21st, 2018.
Dallas Noble – Second Place
Violinist Dallas Noble now a 17-year-old from Hopewell, NJ, was in the 11th grade at Stanford Online High School. She has played the violin for thirteen years, and currently studies with Lee Snyder and Guillaume Combet. She serves as concertmaster of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, is a member of the Sonata Duo at Westminster Conservatory and of the Myer Schwartz Piano Trio at the Settlement Music School. She has participated in masterclass performances taught by Karen Gomyo, Ida Levin, the Borromeo String Quartet, Ensemble ACJW, the Nash Ensemble, and others, and has won several awards, most recently first place in the 2016-17 Sinfonietta Nova Young Concert Arts Competition. For our Concerto Competition, Dallas performed the first movement of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D minor.
Chelsie Lim – Third Place
Cellist Chelsie Lim, now age 13, from Cresskill, NJ, was in the seventh grade at Cresskill Middle School. She has studied cello for five years, currently with Ms. Clara Kim. Chelsie is a member of the Juilliard Pre-College string ensemble and piano trio, and also a member of the Alpha Cello Quartet. She has won first prizes in the NY Young Artist International Competition and in the NY Music Competition for Young Artists, and second prize in the Camerata Artists International Competition. For our Concerto Competition, she performed the first movement of the Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor.
The Selection Process
For the past 9 seasons, the MSO has chosen a winning Young Artist who performs their concerto with the MSO the following season. Last year’s winner, violinist Alyssa Kim, will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor with the MSO this season on April 21, 2018.
This season, the MSO will not hold a Young Artist Concerto Competition. We will resume our competition in the 2018-19 season with a new, streamlined process that will result in the winner performing their concerto that very same season. Further details will be announced in 2018.
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 with a school ID are admitted to our concerts free of charge.
Click here for information on our Young People's Concerts.
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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