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International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2021

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 recording of recent performance for the audition.

In 2021, American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition attracted a large number of very competitive applicants from 8 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, South Korea, Slovenia and Thailand.


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 can choose to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on the dates to be announced, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

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

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2021 Results

American Protégé Scholarship Award Winner:

Heralded as “highly virtuosic” (The Saxophonist) and “a saxophonist in command of his instrument, with no shortage of hues in his playing” (Dr. Bob Fuson II), soprano saxophonist Nick May is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer that “brings his personality to every performance – full of genuine joie de vivre!”  (Javier Oviedo, Executive Director, The Classical Saxophone Project) and quickly garnering attention for his compelling programs comprising transcriptions of works written for violin that have been described as “Incredible, bringing to life some of the best music that has ever been written.” (Maestro Hughes, Arapahoe Philharmonic). Since his solo debut at the age of eighteen with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, May’s career has taken him throughout the United States, Singapore, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark, appearing recurrently as a guest artist and recitalist.

Name Age Country/State
First Place Winners:
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Yige Zhou, flute 11 Irvine, CA
Student of Hye Sung Choe
Davin Lee, clarinet 13 Lincolnshire, IL
Student of Keunjin Jung
Matthew Wang, clarinet 13 Trumbull, CT
Student of Robin Seletsky
William Kang, clarinet 13 Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Jay Hassler
Yixuan Chen, flute 13 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Rebecca Powell Garfield and Joyce Lao
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Anna Lin, flute 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Judy Ho
Grace Kim, flute 14 Mason, OH
Student of Randolph Bowman
Jae Eun Park, flute 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Ching-Yi(Judy) Ho and Sabrina Bounds
Stephen Zhang, trumpet 14 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Jacob Brodski
Anej Gorenjak, trumpet 15 Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia
Student of Prof. Matjaž Dobrovnik and Prof. Špela Horvat Gonc
Hyomin Lee, flute 15 Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Student of Misun Lee
Allison Kuan, flute 16 Mountain View, CA
Student of Dr. Chin-Fei Chan
Avery Chen, flute 16 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Isabelle Chapuis
Erin Li, flute 16 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Ray Furuta
Jason Xu, saxophone 16 Toronto, Canada
Student of Wonki Lee
Joshua Jung, oboe 16 Frisco, TX
Student of Ha Eun An
Miranda Jiang, bassoon 16 Short Hills, NJ
Student of Marc Goldberg
Jeewoo Kang, flute 17 Hoffman Estates, IL
Student of Ann Haymee
Youngho Cho, flute 17 Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Jisun Park
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Ian Ting Wai Pang, clarinet 27 Elmhurst, NY
Student of Charles Neidich
Ji young Yoon, flute 25 New York, NY
Student of Judith Mendenhall and Soo-kyung Park
Nick May, soprano saxophone 27 Parkville, MO
Amateur Category:
Richard Hillson, cornet 40 Jersey City, NJ
Second Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 9:
Avery Misbach, flute 8 Atlanta, GA
Student of Nicole Frankel
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Pakawat Poldetch, clarinet 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Prapanpong Maneewong
Emma Bensoussan, French horn 11 Sydney, Australia
Student of Christopher Howes
Ivarine Kanthamanond, flute 11 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Tipok Phinitsakul
Subin Kim, clarinet 11 San Jose, CA
Student of Katie Ryu
Ardisha Thawrani, flute 12 Cincinnati, OH
Student of Amanda Martin
Roy Wang, clarinet 12 Champaign, IL
Student of John Hutch
Chenyuan Lou, saxophone 13 Shanghai, China
Student of Dr. Andrew Harrison
Junseo Lee, clarinet 13 San Jose, CA
Student of Kyungeun Ryu
Sophia Lin, flute 13 Irvine, CA
Student of Judy Ho
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Claire Lee, flute 14 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Tina Kim
Jianna Kim, flute 14 Lansdale, PA
Student of Olivia Staton
Alexis Kwon, flute 15 San Ramon, CA
Student of Yuna Kim
Jason Park, Bb clarinet 15 Cupertino, CA
Student of Hyemin Yun
John Park, saxophone 15 Closter, NJ
Student of Wonki Lee
Joseph Baik, clarinet 15 Portland, OR
Student of Hyeyoung Jeong
Kenneth Rhee, Bb clarinet 15 Irvine, CA
Student of David Chang
Levana Lai, flute 15 Saratoga, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou
Rachel J. Kim, flute 15 Old Tappan, NJ
Student of Jisun Park
Scarlett Sheng Lin Huang, clarinet 15 Singapore
Student of Li Xin
Seowon Han, flute 15 Fullerton, CA
Student of Tina Kim and Whitney Ting
Andrew Lim, trumpet 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Matthew Kim
Clara Hinsdale, flute 16 Tampa, FL
Student of Taylor Irelan
Hannah Jo, flute 17 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Jungyeon Choi
Xiangliang Yang, trumpet 17 Shenzhen, China
Jaehyun Lim, Bb clarinet 15 Saratoga, CA
Kyuwon Kim, clarinet 17 San Jose, CA
Paul Woo, piano 16 San Jose, CA
Students of Sonyoung Kang
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Stephanie Pizza, flute 23 Ridgewood , NJ
Student of Judith Mendenhall
Amateur Category:
Judy Lee, flute 21 Fullerton, CA
Student of Yong mi Choi

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, 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 Protégé 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. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.

7. 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.

8. During the COVID-19 pandemic, participants, who are unable to or unwilling to take a risk to travel to NYC for the Recital, may request a Competition Winner’s Package with a non-refundable $300 fee. The Package includes online recognition, Winner’s Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four Booklets with biographies and photos, and participation Plaque Trophy. International participants may arrange a Package pickup or request a shipment to the friends or relative residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

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.

To pay a $300 Winners Package fee online please click on the button below. A transaction fee of $20 will be added to the fee amount. By clicking on the button you will be re-directed to PayPal.