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International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2018

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 were chosen in each of the following age groups:

Category:  Age:
Young musicians 5 – 9
 Junior 10 – 13
 Intermediate14 – 17 
 Amateur (without Professional Degree)18 and older 
 College students and professionals18 and older 


Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in December 15 and 23 of 2018, March 31, 2019 and April 21, 2019 (Easter). 

$300 Scholarship, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy was granted based on the judges recommendations.

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2018 Results

Jury’s Favorite ($300 Scholarship and Plaque Trophy) Award Winner:

Yamaha Performing Artist Dr. Jeffery Kyle Hutchins is active as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser, educator, and performance artist. Praised for his “formidable technique” and “enviable  uniformity of tone” (The Saxophone Symposium) and described as a “skilled improviser, no doubt about it” (I Care If You Listen), Hutchins has performed in Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Scotland, South Korea, and major cities across the US. He has appeared on more than ten albums, participated in the creation of more than 130 new works, and regularly performs with groups 113 (One Thirteen), AVIDduo, Binary Canary, the Broken Consort, The Poem is Done, and Strains New Music Ensemble. Hutchins received the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota where he was a student of Eugene Rousseau. Hutchins is Artist/Teacher of Saxophone at Virginia Tech.winner 
First Place Winners:
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Stella Su, flute11Palo Alto, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco
Louis Auxenfans, clarinet13Chicago, IL
Student of Ozzie Gonzales and Steven Gooden
Max Kaminsky, clarinet13Tarzana, CA
Student of Boris Allakhverdyan
Naina Ray, Bb clarinet13Scarsdale, NY
Student of Claire Grellier
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Gavin Cui, flute14Pennington, NJ
Student of Binbin Hu
Andrew So, oboe15Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yuli Kwon
Joshua Lee, oboe15Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Yeseul Park
Annie Ping, flute16San Jose, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou
Kleo Ku, flute16San Jose, CA
Student of Maria Tamburrino
Tamar Maglakelidze, flute17Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Meri Zhvania
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, saxophone30Christiansburg, VA
Student of Eugene Rousseau and Eric Nestler
Ricardo Gil, flute22Terre Haute, IN
Student of Joyce Wilson
Saemee Kim, bassoon30Seoul, South Korea
Student of William Ludwig
Sarah Shin, flute28New Brunswick, NJ
Miroirs Duo:
Mark Allen Jr., clarinet23Saint Albans, NY
Student of Pavel Vinnitsky
Allison Wang, piano23New York, NY
Student of Inesa Sinkevych
Winspear Duo:
Justin Sales, saxophone23Denton, TX
Student of Dr. Eric Nestler
Sam Day, clarinet24Denton, TX
Student of Kimberly Cole Luevano and Allison Storochuk
Second Place Winners:
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Anna Lin, flute11Irvine, CA
Student of Judy Ho
Jianna Jia Kim, flute11Blue Bell, PA
Student of Michael Maizels
Ananya Sriram, flute12San Jose, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco
Anika Gandhi, flute12Millbrae, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco
Joshua Jung, oboe13Frisco, TX
Student of Ha Eun An
Sebastian Gonzales, oboe13Philadelphia, PA
Student of Jocelyn Moore
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Raina Bandekar, flute14Ambler, PA
Student of Michael Maizels
Siheon Park, clarinet14Cupertino, CA
Student of Hye Min Yun
Alexis Kwon, flute15Palo Alto, CA
Student of Tina Kim
Laura Gong, flute15Campbell, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou
Allison Huang, oboe16Irvine, CA
Student of Price Kent
Angelreana Choi, flute16Springfield, MO
Student of Meghan Jacoby
Dominik Klemetsrud, oboe16Jacksonville, FL
Student of Xiaodi Liu and Ann Adams
Iris Fu, flute16Corvallis, OR
Student of Sandy Duffy Norman
Kevin Gong, oboe16Sandy Hook, CT
Student of Olav Van Hezewijk
Phoebe Lin, flute16San Jose, CA
Student of Isabelle Chapuis
Tobenna Orizu, Bb trumpet17Rolla, MO
Student of John Shumacher
Isaac Yi, alto saxophone16Palisades Park, NJ
Student of Graeme Norris and Jim Saltzman
Joshua Kwon, B flat clarinet15Northvale, NJ
Student of Eunsoo Chang
Isaac Kwon, B flat clarinet17Northvale, NJ
Student of Eunsoo Chang
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Andrew Im, clarinet24Englewood, NJ
Student of Alexander Fiterstein
Janghyun Kim, clarinet28Baton Rouge, LA
Student of Deborah Chodacki and Victor Drescher

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.To change a performance repertoire (including the shortened version of the piece for string performers), a $55 fee must be submitted on the Contact Us page no later than two months prior to the Recital.

3. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.
4. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one (contact the office).
5. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).
6. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400 and 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 and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on stage.

7. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $230 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group.
8. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.

9. Organizational Committee collects short biographies to introduce the performers at the Winners Recitals. American Protégé reserves the rights to edit, reduce and re-format any submitted biographies as it seems appropriate and fit into the Recital Brochure.
10. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.
11. Photography and video/audio recording is not permitted for audience at Carnegie Hall.
12. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.