History

 

Snapshot of Noteworthy Past YYPA Winner Achievements
 
 
Scott D. Kretzer (Percussion) - 1991 YYPA Winner
Yamaha Performing Artist and faculty at Adrian College and Heidelberg University
 
Dennis Jeter III (Trumpet) - 1991 YYPA Winner
Founder and CEO of A Sound Strategy, Inc., a web-based software solutions company
 
Claire L. (Murry) Kuebler (Flute) - 1991 YYPA Winner
Yamaha Performing Artist, soloist, and educator
 
Jason Freese (Saxophone) - 1994 YYPA Winner
Keyboardist and saxophonist for the rock band Green Day, among others
 
Otis Murphy (Saxophone) - 1994 YYPA Winner
Yamaha Performing Artist and Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University
 
Kenneth Tse (Saxophone) - 1994 YYPA Winner
Yamaha Performing Artist and Professor of Saxophone at the University of Iowa
 
Kristi Crago (Horn) - 1994 YYPA Winner
Member of the IRIS Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and Greenbay Symphony
 
Todd Groves (Saxophone) - 1994 YYPA Winner
Faculty at the University of Delaware
 
Melissa Robinson (Horn) - 1994 YYPA Winner
Member of the Newport Symphony Orchestra and faculty at Portland State University
 
Stephen Bottom (Trumpet) - 1994 YYPA Winner
Trumpet soloist, educator, and studio musician
 
Christopher Rettie (Saxophone) - 1995 YYPA Winner
Sergeant First Class and Saxophonist for the West Point Sax Quartet
 
Josh Dekaney (Marimba) - 1995 YYPA Winner
Affiliate Artist of Percussion at Syracuse University
 
Nathan Childers (Saxophone) - 1996 YYPA Winner
Yamaha Performing Artist; Broadway, movie, and concert soloist; educator and composer
 
Nathaniel Mayfield (Trumpet) - 1997 YYPA Winner
Yamaha Performing Artist and International Baroque Trumpet Soloist
 
Michelle Perry (Horn) - 1997 YYPA Winner
Yamaha Performing Artist and Principal Horn for the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
 
Josh McGuire (Horn) - 1998 YYPA Winner
Assistant Professor of Horn at Colorado State University
 
Ryan Keberle (Trombone) - 1998 YYPA Winner
Freelance trombone artist in NYC and faculty at the City University of New York
 
Paul Bhasin (Trumpet) - 1998 YYPA Winner
Faculty at The College of William & Mary
 
Matthew Coley (Marimba) - 1999 YYPA Winner
Faculty at Iowa State University
 
Rachel Epley (Trumpet) - 1999 YYPA Winner
Music therapist at Horizon Hospice in Chicago
 
Aaron Parks (Piano) - 2000 YYPA Winner
Freelance jazz pianist
 
Matthew Witten (Marimba) - 2000 YYPA Winner
Percussion Director at the University of Rochester
 
Aaron Hill (Oboe) - 2002 YYPA Winner
Faculty at the University of Virginia
 
Christopher Hopkins (Cello) - 2004 YYPA Winner
Founder of Hopkins Entertainment, an Entertainment Management Company
 
Jack Cozen Harel (Oboe) - 2004 YYPA Winner
Yamaha Performing Artist, Oboist of the Solaris Quintet, and faculty at the University of Akron
 
Matt Prendergast (Percussion) - 2004 YYPA Winner
Principal percussionist for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
 
Jasmine Choi (Flute) - 2004 YYPA Winner
Flutist for the Vienna Symphony
 
Alex Han (Saxophone) - 2005 YYPA Winner
Yamaha Performing Artist and international saxophone soloist
 
Nathan Bogert (Saxophone) - 2007 YYPA Winner
Active teacher and soloist, performing with various ensembles worldwide
 
Ryu Cipris (Flute) - 2007 YYPA Winner
Flutist for the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables
 
Conrad Jones (Trumpet) - 2008 YYPA Winner
Member of the Tucson Symphony
 
Adam Larson (Saxophone) - 2010 YYPA Winner
NYC jazz soloist, recently released first solo album Simple Beauty
 
Jose Valentino Ruiz (Flute) - 2010 YYPA Winner
Teaching Assistant at the University of South Florida, traveling clinician and producer
 
Jake Harpster (Marimba) - 2010 YYPA Winner
Recently finished an international tour with Blast!
 
McKenzie Allen (Oboe) - 2010 YYPA Winner
US Marine Corp Musician, Class E2
 
Austin Larson (Horn) - 2011 YYPA Winner
Performs with Symphony in C, Winner of 2011 IHS Premier Soloist Competition and the IHCA
 
Chase Morrin (Piano) - 2012 YYPA Winner
Recipient of The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers and the Jimmy Van Heusen Awards



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