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The Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra would like to congratulate the following winners:

High School Instrumental 


Winner:  Serge Kalinovsky - Herbert Cello Concerto #2


Runner Up: Kaia Selden - Stravinsky Violin Concert, mvt. 1

Honorable Mention: Ella Suputra - Walton Violin Concerto 


High School Piano 


Winner:  Richelle Shi - Liszt Piano Concert No. 1 in Eb major

Runner Up: Jeslyn Cai - Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1, mvt. 1 


Collegiate Strings 


Winner:  Julimar Gonzalez - Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3, mvt. 1 


Runner Up: Olivia Marckx - Shostakovich Cello Concerto #1, mvt. 4

Honorable Mention: Thomas Lim - Schumann Cello Concerto

Collegiate Piano 


Winner:  Wei-Yun Chang - Prokofiev Piano Concerto #3, mvt. 1 


Runner Up: Joy Zickau Each - Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, mvt. 2

Honorable Mention: Melissa Terral - Liszt, Totentanz  


College Winds/Brass/Percussion 


Winner:  Jason Donnelly (bass trombone) - Ernst Sachse, Concertino in F 


Runner Up: Steven Wu (flute) - Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto, mvt. 1 

Honorable Mention: Besnik Bergeman (Clarinet) - Mozart Clarinet Concerto 


College Vocal 


Winner:  Hannah Muirhead - Mozart, Ah, fuggi il traditor from Don Giovanni & Verdi, Caro nome from Rigoletto  

Young Professional Vocal


Winner:  Shuqi Yang - Regnava nel Silezio from Lucia di Lammermoor 



All winners were invited to perform on the March 19, 2022

Young Artists’ Competition Winners Concert at North Idaho College’s Schuler Performing Arts Center, with David Demand, guest conductor and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra.

2022 National Young Artists' Competition Winners

High School Piano Division

Richelle Shi, is a high-school sophomore, studying piano at Northwestern University. Richelle is a National Young Arts winner in the classical music category and MTNA winner of both piano (solo and duet) and woodwind category at the east-central-division/national level for four consecutive years (2018-2021). Among her national and international accolades and accomplishments, she received top awards from XII Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, Chicago International Music Competition,  Lancaster International Piano Competition, and Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.. She has been featured performer with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Collegiate Strings Division

Julimar Gonzalez, from Venezuela, began violin studies at the age of 7 at the world-renowned music program known as ‘El Sistema’. From a young age she began to solo with different orchestras around her home country, including the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, a performance under the conduction of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and winning various violin competitions. She is currently a student at Roosevelt University.

Collegiate Piano Division

Wei-Yun Chang, a Taiwanese pianist currently based in Bloomington, Indiana, began her piano studies at age five and has won prizes in San Jose International Piano Competition, the concerto competition at Walnut Hill Music Festival, and Youth Euregio Piano Award in Germany. WeiYun participated in the Orford Musique Academy in Canada, MusicAlps Music Festival in France, and Walnut Hill Music Festival in Boston. Wei-Yun is pursuing her master’s degree in piano at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and is Associate Instructor in piano.  .

College Wind/Brass Division

Jason Donnelly, is a native of Oviedo, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Euphonium Performance from the University of Miami, and is currently studying toward an MM in Bass Trombone and Euphonium Performance at Indiana University. His 1st prize victories include Leonard Falcone Euphonium Artist Competition, the New Zealand International Brass Competition, and the IET Festival Artist Solo Contest. Jason has given solo artist recitals at multiple professional conferences across the nation, and made solo appearances with such groups as the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Blue Lake Festival Band, Brass Band of Central Florida. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, and the Eastern Festival Orchestra, among others.”

College Vocal Division


Hannah Muirhead is Canadian, currently studying at Brigham Young University-Idaho. As a prolific performer, Hannah’s 2021-22 season includes two recital performances featuring American art song and opera and a tour with the prestigious BYUI Collegiate Singers. She is looking forward to performing her first operatic role as Miss Silverpeal in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor this month with the Brigham Young University-Idaho Opera Theater. Most recently, Miss Muirhead performed in a masterclass with tenor Dr. Alfonse Anderson, with whom she plans to continue her studies with as a graduate student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Young Professional Vocal Division

Shuqi Yang is studying toward Master of Music in Vocal Performance at New England Conservatory of Music.  She already holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2016, Shuqi sang the role of Donna Anna from Don Giovanni at the Summer Festival in Arezzo, Italy.  At Salzburg Music Festival, in 2017, she sang the aria “Je marche sur tous les Chemins” from Manon by Jules Massenet. She has performed in the UK and at Hochschule für Musik und Theater, in Hamburg, Germany.  She has performed with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and in Shanghai Concert Hall’s program “Music Afternoon Tea.”  This past November she sang the role of Zora in Svadba,  an unusual a cappella opera, written for six female voices, drawing from traditional Serbian poetry and folklore, produced at New England Conservatory..





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