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February 3, 2004 > Fremont Symphony Orchestra Announces Winners of Music Competition

Fremont Symphony Orchestra Announces Winners of Music Competition

The Fremont, the premiere cultural organization of southern Alameda County, announces the winners of its 38th annual Young Artist Competition. Three winners under the age of 22 were selected out of a total of eight applicants in the category of brass, woodwinds, and percussion. The competition took place on January 10th at Ohlone College's music department. This year's competition received eight applicants from contestants ranging from 15 to 23 years of age.

The Pond Prize of $500 (First Place) was awarded to Mr. Vinay Parameswaran of Moraga in the caregory of percussion. He played Darius Milhaud's Concerto for Marimba, Vibraphone, and Orchesta. He is 16 and a junior at the Head-Royce School. He plays percussion in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and attended Julliard's percussion seminar for high school students last year. Vinay also plays the piano and cello. He has studied with Jack Van Geem for the past five years, and with Robert Hammacker for five years previously. His hobbies are playing tennis and listening to jazz music. He has competed in the Junior Bach Festival, the Music Teachers Association of California Piano Competition, and the Performing Arts Society competition. Vinay was selected to perform for the Junior Bach Festival and has won the MTAC and PAS competitions.

Vinay will be special guest soloist at the Fremont Symphony Orchestra's Opening Night Concert in September 2004 at the Smith Center at Ohlone College. He will perform Milhaud's Concerto for Marimba & Vibraphone, a very striking and unusual piece, with the full professional orchestra.

Second Prize of $250 was awarded to Miss Young Choe of Cupertino, who played Mozart's Flute Concerto in G major. Young is 22 years old and is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has studied with Timothy Day for the past four years and with Patty Cloud for three before that. Young also plays the piano and the organ. Her hobbies include ballet and jazz dance.

Third Prize $100 was awarded to Mr. Dustin Hsu of Fremont, who played Weber's Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor. Dustin is 16 and a sophomore at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont. He studying with Joel Jaffe and performs in the El Camino Youth Symphony. His hobbies include cross-country and track and field.

The Nafisa Taghioff Prize for contestants under the age of 16 was not awarded this year. As an interesting note, last year's Taghioff Prize winner, Chloe Pang, will appear on the "David Letterman Show" on Friday, February 6th.

Judges were the Fremont Symphony's music director David Sloss, Zachariah Spellman, a tubist, and Sue Waller, a flautist. The competitions are sponsored by the Harriett & Dwight Thornburg, Jane Kanzler Lancefield, and Wallace & Rosaline Pond Memorial Funds, and the Nafisa Taghioff Endowed Prize for musicians under 16. The competition rotates each year between strings and piano, with every fifth year reserved for brass, winds and percussion.

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