Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Association   |    P.O. Box 15962, Seattle, WA 98115-0962
The SYAMFA provides an exceptional opportunity for young musicians to perform.
  • Online registration:
    Dec 11, 2017 to Jan 18, 2018
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  • Ajudications: Mar 19 - 23, 2018
  • Concerto Playoffs: Mar 24, 2018
    UW School Of Music
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  • Young Artists Concerto Concert:
    Saturday, May 12, 2018

Concerto Concert


The Young Artists Concerto Concert

About the SYAMFA Concerto Concert

To help aspiring young musicians prepare for the rigors and rewards of performance careers, the Festival includes a competitive concerto division. Students who choose to enter this division have the opportunity to be selected for concerto finals where the most accomplished are invited to perform with a professional orchestra. Each year, up to six outstanding young musicians are chosen by Festival adjudicators to perform in the Young Artists Concerto Concert.

The concert is a musical event of the highest caliber and should not be missed by any classical music lover. Concerto Division winners have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, Eastman School of Music and other prestigious schools. The concert is open to the public.


Winners performed with Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra:

Concert Soloists

  • Sean Gao, violin
  • Terri Ji, piano
  • Kristy Park, cello
  • Kaia Selden, violin
  • Takumi Taguchi, violin
  • Bryan Zhao, piano

Festival Medalists

  • Takumi Taguchi, violin
  • Bryan Zhao, piano
  • Terri Ji, piano

Concert Alternates

  • Eashan Vagish, piano
  • Ryan Zhu, piano

2017 PLAYOFF FINALISTS and ALTERNATES

SENIOR CONCERTO - PIANO

  • Deanna Han
  • Terri Ji
  • Bryan Zhao
  • Christopher Erling    Alternate

JUNIOR CONCERTO - PIANO

  • Eashan Vagish
  • Ryan Zhu
  • Ray Zhang    Alternate
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SENIOR CONCERTO - VIOLIN/VIOLA

  • Kayla Yagi-Bacon
  • Sean Gao
  • Charlotte Marckx
  • Takumi Taguchi
  • David Forman    Alternate

JUNIOR CONCERTO - VIOLIN/VIOLA

  • Kaia Selden
  • Ruby Ro
  • Jessica Na    Alternate

SENIOR CONCERTO - CELLO/BASS

  • Anna Conway
  • Alex Miller
  • Kina Pak
  • Kristy Park
  • Zofia Sabee
  • Jay Yang

JUNIOR CONCERTO - CELLO/BASS

  • Carson Ling-Efird
  • William Johnson
  • Felix Kim    Alternate
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SENIOR CONCERTO - FLUTE

  • Hannah Ko
  • Phoebe Rawn    Alternate

JUNIOR CONCERTO - FLUTE

  • Brooke Lambert
  • Jasmine Lin    Alternate
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JUNIOR CONCERTO - REED

  • Iris Brenowitz
  • Bram Schenck    Alternate

Board of Directors

  • President
  • Carol Toy
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  • Vice-President
  • Gail Erickson
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  • Treasurer
  • Norma Patterson
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  • Secretary
  • Carole Crawford
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  • Gladys Hoshijo
  • Sandra Labadie
  • Laurel Lisez
  • Jane Miyamoto-Dell'Isola
  • Nancy Moore
  • Christopher Moorhead
  • Veronica Ness
  • Judy Simpson
  • Eileen Uebelacker
  • Wendy Wilhelmi

Music Advisory Panel

  • MAP Chair
    Liaison to the Board
  • Joan Schoepflin
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  • PIANO
  • Pamela Chang-Rice
  • Connie Hungate
  • Lois Jacobson
  • Nino Merabishvili
  • Michiko Miyamoto
  • Allan Park
  • Joan Schoepflin
  • Willard Schultz
  • Mary Toy
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  • VIOLIN/VIOLA
  • Jan Coleman
  • Sanja Futterman
  • Evangeline Liu
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  • CELLO/STRING BASS
  • Leslie Marckx
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  • WOODWIND
  • Laura Werner
  • Wendy Wilhelmi
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