Yamaha Young Performing Artists


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The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners of this competition will be invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend at the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, receive a once in a lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands, national press coverage, receive a recording and photos of the live performance, and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career. Winners also will enjoy many of the privileges of a Yamaha Artist, including services and communication with Yamaha's Artist Relations department.

2017 Winners

Name Instrument School Hometown
Victor Hernandez Ramirez Flute Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
He Zhang Clarinet The Boston Conservatory Harbin, China
Hannah Hickman Classical Saxophone University of Minnesota, School of Music Sheldon, IA
Howard Dietz Jazz Saxophone University of North Texas, College of Music Morgan Hill, CA
Michelle Hembree Horn University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music Boise, ID
Altin Sencalar Jazz Trombone University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music Temple, TX
Cameron Leach Concert Percussion University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music Hilliard, OH
Stephen Morris Jazz Drum Set University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music Aliso Viejo, CA.
Derek Louie Cello Juilliard Pre-College / Professional Children’s School New York, NY
Nathan Ben-Yehuda Classical Piano The Juilliard School Los Angeles, CA

Honorable Mention

Name Instrument School Hometown
Randy Fultz Bassoon University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music Rochester, NY
Kei Matsumaru Saxophone Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
Dylan Rye Trumpet James Madison University, School of Music Fairfax, VA
Tanner Jackson Trombone University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music Rochester, NY
Man Ling Bai Piano California State University, Fullerton, School of Music Fullerton, CA