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April 10, 2018 > Percussionist wins young artist competition

Percussionist wins young artist competition

Submitted By Stephanie Talarico

Fremont resident Chin-Li Sophia Lo has been selected as a winner of the 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) competition.

The annual program honors emerging 18- to 22-year-old artists for their extraordinary talents in jazz, classical and contemporary genres, and is conducted by the Band and Orchestral division of Yamaha Corporation of America, the worldÕs largest musical instrument manufacturer. Lo is one of only 11 musicians selected nationwide to earn this distinction in 2018.

ÒFor 30 years, the YYPA program has been a significant opportunity for young musicians who are embarking on a career as a professional musician, and one of the most visible ways that Yamaha offers unrivaled support for music education,Ó said John Wittmann, director of education and artist relations, Yamaha. ÒWe are pleased to honor Sophia at this early phase of her development as an artist and watch as she builds upon the YYPA legacy to lead a promising future.Ó

Lo is pursuing a bachelorÕs degree in Music Performance at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University studying under Kevin Bobo. She previously studied with Galen Lemon. Her passion for music was first discovered at the age of six with the Ju Percussion Group. She was a member of the California Percussion Ensemble and performed many concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taiwan and China, and toured with the El Camino Youth Symphony in central Europe.

She has placed in many competitions including the Percussive Arts Society California Chapter Marimba Competition and the Great Plains International Marimba Competition. In 2016 and 2017, she won first place in two divisions at the Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy Marimba Competition. Most recently, she participated in Double Exposure, a contemporary media festival collaborated by students of IU's film and music departments.

Lo and the other 2018 YYPA winners each receive an all-expense-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend, which will take place during the Music for All Summer Symposium, to be held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, from June 25-30. There, the winners will attend workshops and clinics designed to help them launch a professional career, garner media exposure via the Internet and perform in front of thousands of people with international trumpet soloist and long-time Yamaha Performing Artist, Allen Vizzutti.

For more information about the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program, email or visit

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