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John and Marny Sherman Young Artist Competition

Young Artist Competition


Saturday, March 8, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64108

Seven young performers have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Kansas City Symphony Young Artist Competition. On Saturday, March 8, these seven performers will compete on stage in Helzberg Hall for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform with the Kansas City Symphony. The final round is free and open to the public, however reservations are required. To reserve seats, please contact our box office at (816) 471-0400 or rsvp HERE.

YAC LemonZoe Lemon, cello | Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky

Zoë Lemon, 13, began studying the cello at the age of 6. She began cello and double bass lessons with Kristi Knecht and Steve Pelkey and currently studies with Carter Enyeart, cello professor at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. When she was 10, Zoë performed Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No.1 with the Liberty Symphony. In May of 2010, Zoë and her brother Ansar won the Clay County Has Talent junior division competition with their performance of Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Through the years, Zoë has been a part of various chamber music ensembles and performing groups including the Liberty Symphony, Aria della Celliste, Cellifish and the Deep Sea Bass, Trio Zeloso and the Heartland Chamber Music program. She also enjoys math, physics, animals, reading and watercolor painting.


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Emma Rolf, violin | Symphonie espagnole (Mvt. 1) by Lalo

Emma Rolf, 16, began studying the violin at the age of 4 with Alice Joy Lewis, director of Ottawa Suzuki Strings. She is currently studying with Chia-Fei Lin, a second violinist in the Kansas City Symphony. Emma is currently assistant concertmaster of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. She was selected to participate in this year’s Kansas District and All-State orchestras. In the summer of 2013, Emma received a full scholarship as an Emerson Scholar to attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer orchestral program. During the six-week program, she performed with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jung-Ho Pak, and received Interlochenʼs Fine Arts Award.

In 2013, Emma was named an alternate in the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City Young Artist Competition. Emma enjoys playing a variety of styles of music and is a past Tennessee State Old-Time Fiddlerʼs Champion. Emmaʼs other interests include cheer, choir and track.


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Angela Holmes, cello | Concerto in B Minor (Mvt. 1) by Dvořák

Angela Holmes has studied cello with Manon Lawrence for ten years and has performed in master classes with Alisa Weilerstein, Andrés Díaz, John Sharp and Jonathan Swartz. She has also appeared in collaborative master classes for the 2010 MMTA/KMTA Conference, Harlem String Quartet and members of Orchester Jakobplatz München.

After her first concerto performance with the Mount Zion Chamber Orchestra in 2007, Angela won young artist competitions hosted by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Academy (2009) and Symphony (2011), Kansas City Music Teachers Association/Heritage Philharmonic (2011) and the Lee’s Summit Symphony (2012). Additionally, she won second prize in the Kansas City Symphony’s Young Artist Competition in 2013.

Angela was accepted into the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America led by Valery Gergiev, and performed at the Kennedy Center and in Moscow, St. Petersburg and London with Joshua Bell. 

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Chaeyoung Park, piano | Concerto No. 1 (Mvt. 1) by Tchaikovsky

Sixteen-year-old Chaeyoung Park, from South Korea and Lawrence, Kansas, studies with Dr. Jack Winerock of the University of Kansas and with Dr. Scott McBride Smith. She has performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York, and with the Rochester Philharmonic and Topeka Symphony Orchestra. In South Korea, she won the Seoul Chamber Orchestra Music Competition and the Coyang City Mayor's Award.

Chaeyoung was chosen as a National YoungArts Foundation Winner in 2014. She received first place and audience prize in the 2012 International Institute for Young Musicians International Piano Competition..

Chaeyoung has won first place in the American Protégé International Competition, Missouri Western Young Artist Piano Competition-Junior Division, Kansas City Music Teachers Association/Heritage Philharmonic Concerto Competition and the Fite Family Young Artists Competition, among others. Aside from playing piano, she likes hanging out with her friends, baking desserts and reading.


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Joseph Teeter, cello | Concerto in B Minor (Mvt. 1) by Dvořák

Joe Teeter began cello lessons at the age of 4. Now a senior honors student at Topeka High School, he studies with Kansas City Symphony cellist Lawrence Figg. In 2011, Joe was accepted into the Topeka Symphony as one of the youngest members ever. He is also principal cellist of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, and in 2013, was named principal cellist of the National Honors Orchestra. In 2011, Joe won the Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s Academy Orchestra concerto competition as well as the 2012 Topeka Youth Talent Auditions. He also won the Nebraska Spring Strings Festival Concerto Competition in 2012.

Joe’s summer studies include the Soundfest Strings Academy, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Blanche-Bryden Sunflower Music Festival Institute, Kansas City String Quartet Program and Heartland Chamber Music Academy, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. In addition to playing in several chamber ensembles, Joe dances at Topeka Ballet and teaches local cello students at Midwest Musical Arts. 


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Joe Donley, double bass | Concerto in A Major (Mvt. 1) by Dragonetti

Joe Donley is a senior at Olathe East High School where he is a member of the Chamber Orchestra, Night Hawks Big Band and Madrigals Choir. He is also a member of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s Symphony Orchestra. Joe studies bass with Jeffrey Kail, principal bassist of the Kansas City Symphony. He received his school orchestra’s Musical Leadership award for three consecutive years and the Director’s Award twice. Joe plays the guitar in addition to bass and enjoys playing many different styles of music including classical, jazz, rock, blues and funk.

Joe is especially proud of reaching the final round of the Kansas City Symphony’s Young Artist Competition and receiving top ratings at various regional and state solo and ensemble festivals. When he isn’t working hard in a practice room, Joe likes to spend time outdoors in the park playing disk golf with his friends.


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Barry Zhang, piano | Concerto NO. 3 in C Major (Mvt. 1) by Prokofiev

Chi (Barry) Zhang, 14, was born in China and came to the United States when he was 3 years old. Barry began his piano studies with Troy Slocum at the age of 5. In 2007, he moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where he studies with Dr. Sławomir P. Dobrzański and Nancy Blockcolsky. He is also a student of Dr. Jack Winerock at the University of Kansas. 

Barry won the Kansas Music Teachers Association State Honors Auditions in 2007 and received second place in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he was the alternate winner in the Kansas Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition. He was the winner of the Mid-America Music Association Piano Competition-AAA Division in 2011. Barry was the winner of the KMTA Mozart Concerto Competition in 2012 and performed with the Overland Park Orchestra at the 2012 KMTA State Conference. In 2013, Barry won second place in the Ovation Young Artist Piano Competition and most recently won second place in the 2014 Fite Family Young Artists Piano Competition.


To reserve seats, 

please contact our box office at (816) 471-0400 or rsvp HERE.