Young Artist Auditions

Hosted by the Rochester Philharmonic League since 1955, the Young Artist Auditions is the region’s most prestigious competition for high school-age musicians, recognizing talent and dedication in Male Vocal, Female Vocal, Strings, Piano, and Instrumental categories.  The YAA is judged by professionals in each field, with awards of $500 given for each classification. The winners and runners-up compete for a $1,000 Instrumental Scholarship, a $1000 Vocal Scholarship, and the opportunity to perform in concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

 Congratulations to this year’s Winners! 

Winners List

(name, instrument, grade, school, private teacher) 

Grand Prize: An opportunity to perform with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Winners:  Christine Ott, French Horn, grade 11, Homeschool, Maura McCune Corvington

   Jahshanti Henry, flute, grade 12, School of the Arts, Rochester, Jan Angus

 

Aldridge-Tinker Scholarship for Instrumentalists ($1000 college scholarship)

Winner:  Christine Ott, French Horn, grade 11, Homeschool, Maura McCune Corvington

 

Jan DeGaetani Scholarship for Vocalists  ($1000 college scholarship)

Winner:  Charles Tomaszewski, Baritone, grade 12, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, Hannah Harrow

 

Helen and George Greer Instrumental Award ($500)

Winner:  Christine Ott, French Horn, grade 11, Homeschool, Maura McCune Corvington

Runner-up:  Jashanti Henry, flute, grade 12, School of the Arts, Rochester, Jan Angus

 

Mildred and Julius Ness Award for Piano  ($500)

Winner:  Noah Lee, piano, grade 11, The Harley School, Jacob Ertl

Runner-up:  Henry Qin, piano, grade 11, Pittsford Sutherland High School, Alla Kuznetsov

 

Nobel Hirsh Award for Male Vocalists  ($500)

Winner:  Charles Tomaszewski, Baritone, grade 12, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, Hannah Harrow

 

Ruth and Sidney Salzman Award for Strings ($500)

Winner:  Andrew Guo, violin, grade 10, Brighton High School, Renee Jolles

Runner-up: Jessica Tang, violin, grade 11, Pittsford Mendon High School, Jeremy Zhu

 

Tessa Martin Award for Female Vocalists  ($500)

Winner:  Olivia Crawford, soprano, grade 11, Wayne Central High School, Susanna M. Adams

Honorable Mention: Clare DeMarco, soprano, grade 11, Mother of Divine Grace (Homeschool), Dr. Mario Martinez