7/11/2008 [Marching Instruments]Music Students from Across the Country and Canada Win Top Honors; Bassoonist Julie Ann Link Named Overall Winner
Winners of the 2008 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program
This year's YYPA national awards concert was held on Monday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m. at Braden Auditorium on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. The concert kicked off the 2008 Music for All (MFA); the packed audience (over 2,000 strong) included music students and teachers from all over the country. The winners were guests of Yamaha for a weekend of rehearsals, master classes, a special awards concert and other social events.
Bassoonist Julie Ann Link was named Overall Winner, based on her live performance as reviewed by a panel of three judges. Link was awarded a $5,000 retail credit, good towards any professional level Yamaha instrument.
"Yamaha has a long history of encouraging and supporting young musicians at every level," said John Wittmann, Director of Education and Artist Services, Yamaha Corporation of America. "The past twenty years of YYPA have given the many young talented musicians a major boost."
Former YYPA winners have gone on to highly successful careers, with highlights that include playing with world renowned musicians, winning international competitions and releasing recordings. YYPA winner Ricardo Morales (1990) began his professional career as Principal Clarinet of the Florida Symphony Orchestra, and is currently Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Saxophonist Otis Murphy (1994) joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in 2001 at the age of 28, becoming one of the youngest faculty members in the history of the esteemed school. Hornist Michelle Perry (1997) served as Principal Horn of the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Flute winner Jasmine Choi (2004) currently serves as the Associate Principal Flute of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Aaron Parks (2001) recently signed a solo recording deal with the legendary Blue Note Records.
For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail email@example.com; or visit www.yamahapercussion.com.
The 2008 winners are:
|Hana Beloglavec||Kalamazoo, MI||Trombone|
|Eli Bennett||Vancouver, BC||Saxophone|
|Conrad Jones||Sayville, NY||Trumpet|
|Julie Link||Dallas, TX||Bassoon|
|Beatriz Macias||Houston, TX||Flute|
|Daniel Pingrey||Madison, WI
||Marimba & Vibe|
|Meta Weiss||San Francisco, CA||Cello|
|Nick Wolny||Galesburg, IL||Horn|