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International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2017

American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition is designed for solo performers and ensembles of all ages, nationalities and countries, who would like to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment. The Competition is open for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Piccolo, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Flugel, Tuba and other woodwinds and brass instruments. Participants are required to submit video or audio recording materials for the audition.


We invite school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the following age groups:

Category:   Age:
Young musicians  5 – 9
 Junior  10 – 13
 Intermediate 14 – 17 
 Amateur (without Professional Degree) 18 and older 
 College students and professionals 18 and older 


Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on the following dates:

 – Sunday, April 1, 2018 (Easter)
 – Saturday, April 14, 2018
 – Saturday, April 21, 2018

$300 Scholarship, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards were granted based on the judges recommendations.

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2017 Results

Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophy) Winners:

Sooah Hannah Jeon, born in 2007, showed great talent in musical practices and theory since the early age of 7. In 2014, she got 1st at the Korean National Music Journal Contest, 2nd at the International Estonian National Academy of Music Audition, and 1st both at the Korean Music Education News competition and at the National Sunjung Concur in 2015. She also performed at Lincoln Center, where she was recognized as 1st place and the best musician at the New York International Music Competition. She has also won 1st place in the International Grande Music competition to perform at Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center in 2016.  In 2017, she was officially the world’s youngest flute player to pass the ARSM performance diploma exam with distinction. Selected as the winner of the American Protege Music Talent competition, she is planned to have a recital this coming December at Carnegie Hall for the first time.
Born and raised in Thailand, Nitchan Pitayathorn was awarded by many national and international competitions such as the winner of the “18th SET Youth Musician Competition” finalist of the ” 17th Osaka International Music Competition “Semi-finalist of the “2016 Asian Saxophone Competition”, the winner of the “2017 YAMP Concerto Competition”, and was selected and given the “Yamaha Music Foundation Scholarship 2017”, the finalist of the “18th Osaka International Music Competition”, the scholarship winner for the “Best Performance in section II” of the “18th Osaka International Music Competition”, and the qualifier of the “2nd Chaingmai Ginestera International Music Competition”. As a soloist, Nitchan had his solo debut with the Mahidol Symphonic Band at the age of 16, the Mahidol Symphonic Band, YAMP Symphonic Band, the Mahidol Saxophone Ensemble, and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra following respectively. Woodwinds and Brass Competition carnegie hall 017
A native of Southern California, Paul Cotton is an accomplished player as both performer and instructor. He has performed in many competitions, including top prizes at the regional and state rounds of the Music Teacher National Association Young Artist solo competition and 1st in state rounds of the Music Teacher National Association chamber music competition. He has been awarded Woodwind of the year award from his school and has also won the Martin Figotin Performing arts scholarship. He won the BCCM concerto competition held at California State University, Long Beach. Paul performed across the nation for numerous events, including the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) in Arizona and the International Saxophone Symposium hosted by the Navy Band with his quartet in Virginia. Paul received his BM at California State University, Long Beach and is currently working towards his MM in Performance at Indiana University.
Name Age Country/State
First Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10
Sooah Jeon, flute 10 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Joohee Lee    
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Annika Moon, flute 12 Edgewater, NJ
Student of KahYun Song     
Kevin  Liao , clarinet  14 Rockville, MD
Student of Arianna McFeaters     
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Nonthapat Chaiviratnukul, classical saxophone 15 Nonthaburi, Thailand
Student of Shyen lee    
Sarah Choi, oboe 15 Langley, BC
Student of Marea Chernoff    
Jessica Jang, flute 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco    
Shuangyu (Michael) Han, flute 16 Princeton, NJ
Student of Carol Wincenc and Guoliang Han    
Sakdina Sirisarnsophon, saxophone 17 Sampran, Thailand
Student of Shyen Lee    
Yotvaris Sukeebot, saxophone 17 Sampran, Thailand
Student of Shyen Lee    
Kevin Mo, clarinet  17 Herndon, VA
Student of Albert Hunt    
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Jillian Coscio, flute 18 Greenlawn, NY
Student of Alberto Almarza    
Nitchan Pitayathorn, saxophone 18 Bangphli, Thailand
Student of Shyen Lee    
Paul Cotton, saxophone 22 Bloomington, IN
Student of Dr. Otis Murphy    
Samantha Levreault, flute 22 Worthington, MA
Student of Cobus du Toit and Alison Hale    
Kai-Chien Yang, oboe 29 Allston, MA
Ju Hee Kang, flute 31 Boston, MA
Student of Linda Toote
Daewook Kim, trumpet 39 Arlington, TX
Student of John Holt and Seung-un Park    
Second Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10:
Emily (Yunqiao) Leng, flute 9 Skillman, NJ
Student of Binbin Hu and Guoliang Han    
Chihiro Shitomi, clarinet  10 San Jose, CA
Student of Tina Tsai    
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Albert Zhou, flute 12 Princeton Jct., NJ
Student of Natasha Loomis    
Chengyi Situ, trumpet 13 Quincy, MA
Student of Wendi Melnik and Xueping Wang    
Lily Walters, flute 13 Fairfax, VA
Student of Jennifer Lapple    
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Allison Huang, oboe 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Dianne B. Manaster
Annie Ping, flute 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou    
Daniel Pai, tuba 16 Lakeville, CT
Student of Mrs. Cavagnaro and Mr. Witkowski
Seung Guhn  Lee, alto saxophone 16 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Jason Noble    
Michelle Jeon, flute 17 Irvine, CA
Student of Meghan Jacoby and Anna Sojung Choi    
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Hanqi Wang, saxophone 24 Changzhou, China
Student of Allen Won and Xin Yu    
Anne Kim, flute 28 Astoria, NY
Student of Michael Parloff and Sooyun Kim    
Amateur Category:
Monica Huang, flute 18 Irvine, CA
Student of Hyesung Choe    
Kyiv Edwards, saxophone 17 The Valley, Anguilla
Kasem Thompson, trombone 20 The Valley, Anguilla
Students of Lennox Vanterpool    

Third Place and Honorable Mention Winners will be notified of their standing via email.


Winners Recital Information

1. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.
2. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.
3. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one (contact the office).
4. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).
5. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400:

   – $300 Recital Fee, includes admission for participant and piano accompanist (if needed), Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets.

   – $100 Photo Fee, includes set of digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage. Average set is 20-30 digital photos.

6. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $230 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group.
7. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.
8. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.
9. Photography and video/audio recording is not permitted for audience at Carnegie Hall.
10. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.