Finalists

2018
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Emily Arbour

Appalachian State University - Emily Arbour is a soprano from Apex, North Carolina. Ms. Arbour is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. She has performed the roles of Isabelle/Madeline in Mollicone’s The Face On the Barroom Floor and the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Appalachian Opera Theatre, and has also appeared in scenes from A Little Night Music, Carmen, and Cosi fan tutte. While at ASU, she had the opportunity to perform Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with the Hayes School of Music Woodwind Chamber Ensemble, and to collaborate with the school’s early music group, Collegium Musicum. Ms. Arbour is very excited to return to ASU in the Fall of 2018 as she pursues a master’s... [read more]
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Allison Bishop

Appalachian State University - Pianist Allison Bishop received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied with Dr. Joseph DiPiazza, Dr. Andrew Willis, and Dr. Inara Zandmane. Born in Raleigh, NC, Ms. Bishop began her piano studies at age 7 and from ages 13-18 studied at the Raleigh Music Conservatory with Ms. Anne Scoggin and Marilyn Brown, where prizes were won in the MTNA competition. After graduating, Ms. Bishop moved to Asheville to teach piano full-time as well as pursue other musical performance opportunities. A graduate student in piano performance at Appalachian State University and studying with both Dr. Bair Shagdaron and Dr. Rodney Reynerson, Allison made it to the final round in the school'... [read more]
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Morgan Short

University of North Carolina School of the Arts - Morgan Short is a rising star in the harp community. As a top prize winner, she has been awarded eight concerto appearances since 2015; performing the Debussy Dances with the U.S. Navy, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Handel’s Concerto in B flat Major with the Roanoke Youth Symphony, Liberty University Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony, and the Delta Symphony Orchestra.  Recent performances of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto for the 25th Anniversary of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival (2017) came as a direct invitation along with the opportunity to perform a solo recital at Watson Hall for UNCSA’s Summer Harp Festival. In 2015, Morgan... [read more]
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Delphine Skene

University of North Carolina School of the Arts - Born in Canada, Delphine Skene first encountered the violin at the age of 10, beginning her formal studies at 14. She has participated in masterclasses at the Music Mundi Chamber Music Festival in Belgium, Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, and the Academie du Domaine Forget in Canada, among others. Recently, Delphine was awarded first prize at the 2016 Euterpe Scholarship Competition in Greensboro, NC, the 2017 NC-ASTA competition and the 2018 MANC Strings competition. Delphine is completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the tutelage of Ida Bieler and Janet Orenstein. Her violin and bow are generously on loan from Canimex Inc., of Drummondville, Canada. [read more]
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Susannah Stewart

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Susannah Stewart, soprano, is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has recently participated in Carolina Performing Arts masterclasses with opera singers Lawrence Brownlee and Sherrill Milnes, as well as in music department masterclasses with pianist Peter Takács and harpist Alice Giles. Susannah studied abroad in the fall of 2017 in Florence, Italy, and was able to travel to London to coach with Simon Lepper who teaches at the Royal College of Music. Last summer, she participated in Le Chiavi di Bel Canto at The University of Houston with leading opera artists Ruth Ann Swenson, Nova Thomas (Westminster Choir College), Ted Taylor (Yale), Richard Bado (Rice University, Houston Grand Opera), and Melanie Sonnenberg... [read more]
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Brianna Tam

University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Cellist Brianna Tam is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a part of Dr. Alexander Ezerman’s studio and is pursuing her Bachelor of Music in cello performance. She was formerly a student at Oberlin College and Conservatory. While there, she served as part of Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, Oberlin’s Opera Orchestra, and Oberlin Orchestra. At Oberlin, she has had the privilege of working with accomplished musicians such as Timothy Weiss, Peter Takacs, and Michael Strauss. As a soloist, she has performed works such as Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto with orchestra. Brianna is also an avid chamber musician, having been a part of Asya’s Chamber Music Institute during high... [read more]
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David Walker

University of North Carolina at Wilmington - David Walker is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington pursuing a Bachelor of Music in music education. In his time at UNCW, David has performed in five Honors Recitals, performed with the UNCW Wind Symphony, UNCW Big Band, Wilmington Symphonic Winds, and Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2017, he was the winner of the 41st annual Richard R. Deas Collegiate Concerto Competition. David lives in Leland, NC and has held instructor positions over past summers at North Brunswick, South Brunswick, and West Brunswick high school. He will be student teaching in the fall of 2018.  [read more]
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Jacob Warren

University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Jacob Warren is from Emerald Isle, North Carolina. He is a junior, double majoring in saxophone performance and arts administration, and a Minerva scholar at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has been named the first-place winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs State and National competitions, as well as the Euterpe Music Club Scholarship competition. Recently, Jacob has won first place in the North Carolina Music Teachers National Association solo competition in the woodwinds division, as well as the UNCG concerto competition. Additionally, Jacob works for the Eastern Music Festival as Media Content Developer. His primary teacher is Dr. Steven Stusek. [read more]
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Hyunsu Yoon

University of North Carolina School of the Arts - Hyunsu Yoon is a flutist currently pursuing a Post Graduate Professional Artistic Certificate at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he plays with the university orchestra and the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute Ensemble. Hyunsu was a finalist in number of competitions including Rafa Artist Competition, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra competition and SEMFA Young Artist Competition. Hyunsu is currently working with Dr. Tadeu Coelho at UNCSA. His previous teachers are Amy Porter, Dr. Erika Boysen and Hiroshi Matsushima. Hyunsu has attended many masterclasses from world-renowned flautists such as William Bennett, Lady Galway, Kate Hill, Renate Greiss-Armin, Yossi Arnheim, Conor Nelson, Julien Beaudiment, Lee Jiyoung, and... [read more]