Violinist Sarah Kim has maintained a rigorous performing schedule while garnering first prizes in prestigious string competitions. She has performed as a soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Piotr Gajewski for three consecutive years at the Strathmore Music Center Hall in Bethesda, after winning the annual Concerto Competition in 2013, 2014, 2015. Sarah also won first place in the International Concerto Competition at the American Fine Arts Festival in New York City, American Protege International Concerto Competition, Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Potter’s Violin String Competition, Maryland State Music Teachers Association Violin Competition, State Alternate winner of the Music Teacher National Association Competition, and Peabody Concerto Competition, among others.
Sarah made her orchestral debut as soloist at the age of twelve with the Columbia Orchestra (Maryland), and has made appearances at the Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium in Washington DC, Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte of Argentina, Colegio Ward of Buenos Aires, The Walter’s Art Museum in Baltimore, Northwestern University of Chicago, and Bryant Park of New York, and Duke University.
She has also participated in numerous masterclasses with world-renowned professors Victor Danchenko, Donald Weilerstein, Martin Beaver, Cyrus Forough, James Buswell, Richard Wernick, Airi Yoshioka, Borromeo Quartet, Ciompi Quartet, and Midori Goto.
Previous concertmaster with the Young Artist Orchestra and recipient of the Peabody Preparatory Dean’s Recognition Achievement Award in violin and piano, Sarah has been playing the violin since the age of five at the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University. Currently, she is a member of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program at the Peabody Preparatory, and is the Concertmaster of the Peabody Premiere Youth Orchestra. Her major teachers are Dr. Christian Tremblay and Ms. Rebecca Henry.”
Performing: Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61, First Movement
Abigail Michaels, oboe
Abigail Michaels has been playing the oboe for six years, and has been studying with Dr. Kerry Willingham for nearly four years. She is a sophomore at Archbishop Spalding High School where she is currently on their music scholarship and performs with their Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Bill Sturgis. In middle school, she was inducted into St. Paul’s Lutheran School’s first Tri-M chapter. Abigail has been principal oboist with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) for three years. CYSO has given her many opportunities, such as performing in Montreal in 2015 and in Ireland this past summer. While in Ireland, Abigail also received the chance to play for the masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin. She has performed with Towson University, Montclair University, and Morgan State University under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou and has performed with the Anne Arundel Community College under the direction of Dr. Anna Binneweg. For the past four years, Abigail has participated in both county and state solo and ensemble competitions, receiving a superior (I) ratings at each event. Last year, Abigail was principal oboe in the Maryland Jr. All-State Band.
Performing: W.A. Mozart, Concerto for Oboe in C Major, 1st Movement
Teddi Yoo, 15, is a sophomore at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac MD. She studies violin with Lya Stern.
Teddi is co-concertmaster of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras Philharmonic, the top student orchestra in MD, concert master of the Young American Artists Orchestra, the Churchill High School Advanced Orchestra, and has been assistant concertmaster of the MD All State Orchestra.
Teddi has won first prize several times and in different age groups of the ASTA/MTNA Solo Festival for Strings and the Rockville Competition at both the Intermediate and Senior Levels. She was awarded 2nd place and a scholarship in the prestigious Washington Performing Arts Feder Competition, performed on Classical Open Stage for Montgomery County TV, was a solo performer on the National Chamber Ensemble subscription series and as a winner of the American Protégé Competition, she performed at Carnegie Hall. She participated in masterclasses with Chee-Yun Kim, Roy Sonne and Holly Hamilton. Besides the violin, Teddi is also an award winning pianist.
Teddi is passionate about music and sharing her love for music. As a member of the New Life Foundation Orchestra, she traveled to Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Mexico to bring music to new audiences and underprivileged children.
Performing: Zigeunerweisen, Gypsy Airs, Op. 20
Eileen Moudou, violin
Saint-Saëns, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Eileen Moudou, 16, began her studies on the violin at age eight with Mrs. Lya Stern, and is currently co-concertmaster of the Philharmonic in the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestras (MCYO). As second violinist in the MCYO string quartet, the Liedergelt Quartet, Eileen has had several musical opportunities such as performing on NBC’s Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Showcase and at the National Gallery of Art. In the summer of 2015 she went on a tour of China with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, playing with conductor Charles Dutoit and pianist Yundi, and premiering music by Tan Dun. Recent awards include semifinalist of the Sphinx Competition (2015, Junior Division) and first place laureate of the Joseph and Goldie Feder Competition (2012, Junior Division). As a soloist Eileen has performed for Martin O’Malley, Stefan Jackiw, and on Voice of America TV.
Recently Eileen gave a TEDx Talk about the benefits of classical music, and co-founded Tutti, a club dedicated to tutoring kids on instruments of their choice for free. Eileen is an IB Diploma Candidate and a National Merit Semifinalist.
Kenneth Ryu Naito, violin
Prokofiev, Concerto No. 1, 1st Movement
Kenneth Ryu Naito (violin), is a 10th grade violinist from Ellicott City, Maryland. Kenneth is currently under the tutelage of Ms. Naoko Tanaka at the Juilliard School Precollege Division. His previous teachers include Ms. Shirley Givens and Elizabeth Faidley. Kenneth has performed in large venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Washington Temple visitor center for Festival of Lights. Kenneth has had the opportunity to perform the Bruch Violin Concerto with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Columbia Orchestra.
Seth Schultheis, piano
Rachmaninoff, Concerto No. 2, 1st Movement
Seth Schultheis (piano), a 15-years-old pianist from Baltimore, Maryland attends Baltimore School for the Arts. He is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he is the recipient of the Constance Keene Precollege Piano Scholarship. Seth is a student of Professor Phillip Kawin. He has given numerous recitals in the United States and recently in England and has attended the International Academy of Music in Italy and Summit Music Festival in New York. He is most currently the Senior Performance winner for the MTNA Maryland State Division (October, 2015).
Jason Hong, clarinet
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat, op. 74, (Alla Polacca), Weber
Jason Hong is 14 years old and has been playing the clarinet for 8 years. Studying with Dr. Hunt, he is in 9th grade at Richard Montgomery High School in the International Baccalaureate magnet program. Jason participated in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra symphony and young artist group for 4 years and is now the principal 2nd clarinet of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras Symphony group. In addition Jason was principal clarinet in the Maryland All State Junior Band as well as the Montgomery County Honors Band. He has also played a solo at the Kennedy Center as a result of winning the Asian American Music Society’s International competition. Furthermore Jason has gone to the National Finals of the Music Teacher’s National Association. He has also won the grand prize for the Korean Concert Society competition as well as the special prize for a scholarship of $1300 as well as many other competitions. Aside from music, Jason likes to participate in his school SGA and the math team.
Raymond Lin, cello
Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 105, (Allegro), Dvořák
Raymond Lin is a 16-year-old junior at Montgomery Blair High School’s Magnet Program. He started learning cello at the age of 6, and is currently studying with Mr. Laurien Laufman.
As a winner of the National Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO) Concerto Competition, Raymond made his debut with the NPO in 2013 at the Strathmore Music Center Concert Hall. He won first prizes in many competitions, including the 2013 Friday Morning Music Club High School String Competition, Maryland State Music Teacher Association (MSMTA) String Solo Competition (2010-2013), 2012 Music Teacher National Association Maryland State String Competition, Washington Music Teacher Association Potter(Hood) String Competition (both 2012 and 2013), 2012 Washington Performing Arts (WPA) Goldie Feder String Competition, 2012 Annapolis Chamber Players Young Artist Competition, and the City of Gaithersburg 2014 Young Artist Competition. He was chosen as the finalist in the 2014 U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition, as well as the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Solo Competition. He also received awards in the Asian American Music Society String Competition (2009-2013), 2013 MSMTA Weaver High School String Competition, and MTNA Eastern Division String Competition (both 2013 and 2014).
Raymond has performed in the masterclasses of Julie Albers, Matthew Zalkind, Evelyn Elsing, and Lluis Claret and had made numerous solo appearances at area music venues, including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the National Gallery of Art, the National Building Museum, the Rock Creek Chamber Music Series, the Harman Center for the Arts, the Young Soloists Recital at the Alden Theatre, and the Strathmore Mansion.
In addition to solo performances, Raymond enjoys ensemble playing. He has been a member of Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) since he was 10 and is currently the principal cellist in the Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the cellist in the prestigious MCYO String Quartet, first prize winner in several competitions, including the 2014 MSMTA String Plus Competition, 2014 MSMTA Chamber Music Festival High School Division Competition, and the 2014 WPA Misbin Family Memorial Chamber Music Competition. In the summer of 2014, Raymond was one of the 57 young musicians selected nationwide to attend the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute at Kennedy Center on a full scholarship.
An active member at Blair High School Math Team, Raymond likes to solve math problems in his free time. He was an award winner in the 2013 University of Maryland Math Competition. He also won second place in the Region 1 Physics Bowl Competition, and competes in the USA Computing Olympiad Silver Division.
Joseph Weng, piano
Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin
Joseph Weng, 15, a sophomore in the Gifted and Talented program at Atholton High School, has studied piano with Mr. David Kuperstein since age 9. Under Mr. Kuperstein’s guidance, he was awarded The Best Baroque Performance and placed 3rd in the 2014 Carmel Debut International Piano Competition. He placed 1st in the 2011 and 2013 Gertrude Brown Memorial Piano Concerto Competitions and performed at both winners’ concerts. Joseph was the winner of the 26th International Young Artist Piano Competition and performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. He placed 1st in the M. Gottlieb Memorial Solo Competition in 2010 and 2013. He also placed 1st multiple times in the Howard County and Maryland State Piano Solo and Ensemble Competitions.
In addition to piano, Joseph plays the cello. He is a member of Atholton High GT Orchestra. Joseph has been a member of Howard County Gifted/Talented Orchestra since 2009. He is an active member of the High School GT Orchestra, and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in February and at Jim Rouse Theater in May 2014. He was the principal cellist of the MSGTS in 2011 and the MSGTO in 2013. Joseph also auditioned and was accepted into the Maryland State Jr. Orchestra in 2013 and 2014. At leisure time, Joseph enjoys biking, playing Frisbee, basketball, or video games with his dad and friends.
Glenna Cureton, violin
Concerto No. 2 in D minor, op. 22, (Allegro moderato), Wieniawski
Glenna Cureton, a home schooled Senior from Baltimore, began her studies on the violin at the age of 6. She is currently a student of Lauren Rausch at the Peabody Preparatory and has studied with Barbara Schneider and Magdalena Svirlova. Glenna was a member of the Young Artists orchestra at Tanglewood in 2011 and has attended the Curtis Summerfest High School Summer Music Program for the past two years where she has studied with Daniel Han, Solomiya Ivakhiv, and Kensho Watanabe.
Glenna has been a student at the Peabody Preparatory since 2008 and is in her fifth year in the Peabody Youth Orchestra, under the Direction of Dr. Harlan D. Parker, where she is currently Associate Concertmaster. She particularly enjoys Chamber Music at Peabody and has played in the Chamber music program directed by Dr. Daniel Levitov, since 2008, where she has studied with Ivan Stefonovic, Lauren Rausch and Barbara Schneider among others. This year, she is also enjoying studying Composition at the Preparatory, with Dr. Judah Adashi.
Locally, Glenna has played with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Anna Binneweg since 2009 and has also played with The Baltimore Philharmonia, under the direction of Raffaele Faraco. She has also enjoyed playing both solo works and in ensembles at her church.
Anna Dunlap, harp
Danses, (Danse profane), Debussy
Anna Dunlap, a senior at Severna Park High School, began her studies of harp at the age of six with Michaela Trnkova at the Peabody Preparatory. She has performed in numerous honors recitals there. Anna has participated in summer studies at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar, Eastman’s “The Practical Harpist” Seminar, and the Saratoga Harp Colony. At these summer programs she has studied with Elizabeth Hainen, Maria Louisa Rayan-Forero, Nancy Lendrim, Kathleen Bride, and Kim Rowe. She has performed in master classes with Alice Giles, Yolanda Kondonassis, Eileen Mason, Doug Rioth, and Ina Zdorovetchi.
At school, Anna is a member of the National Honors Society, Tri-M Music Honors Society, and Math Team as well as serves as vice president of the Technology Student Association. She is also the cello section leader in the Severna Park High School orchestra. Anna has been the principal harpist of the Maryland All State Senior Orchestra for five years and the harpist selected from Anne Arundel County to participate in the BSO Side-by-Side Concert for four consecutive years. In addition to her school activities, she is the Principal Harpist of the Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra, Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Youth Orchestra, and the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.
Evelyn Song, piano
Concerto in A minor, op. 16, (Allegro molto moderato), Grieg
Evelyn Song is a 15-year-old high school sophomore at Cedar Brook Academy in Clarksburg, Maryland. She began her piano studies at age 6 and is a student of Natasha Dukan at the Academy of Fine Arts. She is also an avid violin player and studies with Lya Stern.
She is a first-prize winner of many competitions, including Gertrude Brown Memorial Piano Concerto Competition, Jack Weaver Memorial Competition, MSMTA Spring Solo Festival for Strings, and Rockville Competition for Strings. Most recently, she earned the Level 8 Piano Performance Certificate from The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, and was awarded First Class Honor with Distinction, the highest mark given by the program. In 2012, she won first prize in the Advanced Violin/Viola Category of Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition, as well as the Audience Award, Friday Morning Music Club membership, and was the winner of the Summer Study Scholarship for two consecutive years.
Since then, Evelyn has made solo appearances at numerous WPAS concerts at venues such as the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, the National Building Museum and the Harman Center for the Arts. She has also performed as a featured artist at the Spanish Ambassador’s residence and at the Ann Taylor Grand Opening VIP event at Union Station. She was selected to play in a master class with National Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef in 2013, was chosen to perform a string trio with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jonathan Carney in 2011, and has been a concertmaster of Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) since 2010.
Eveylyn is currently a member of the MCYO String Quartet and a frequent chamber music performer. In her spare time, she volunteers as a music coach at Lone Oak Montessori School where she is known as a kid magnet. In addition to music, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family, and sampling gourmet food.