American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

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 musicians5 - 9
Junior10 - 13
Intermediate14 - 17
Amateur (without Professional Degree)18 and older
College students and professionals18 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.

American Protégé

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2021 Results

American Protégé Scholarship Award Winner:

Carnegie Hall Music Competitions

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.

Winners by Age Category

First Place Winners:
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Yige Zhou, flute11Irvine, CA
Student of Hye Sung Choe  
Davin Lee, clarinet13Lincolnshire, IL
Student of Keunjin Jung  
Matthew Wang, clarinet13Trumbull, CT
Student of Robin Seletsky  
William Kang, clarinet13Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Jay Hassler  
Yixuan Chen, flute13Sugar Land, TX
Student of Rebecca Powell Garfield and Joyce Lao
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Anna Lin, flute14Irvine, CA
Student of Judy Ho  
Grace Kim, flute14Mason, OH
Student of Randolph Bowman  
Jae Eun Park, flute14Irvine, CA
Student of Ching-Yi(Judy) Ho and Sabrina Bounds
Stephen Zhang, trumpet14Palo Alto, CA
Student of Jacob Brodski  
Anej Gorenjak, trumpet15Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia
Student of Prof. Matjaž Dobrovnik and Prof. Špela Horvat Gonc
Hyomin Lee, flute15Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Student of Misun Lee  
Allison Kuan, flute16Mountain View, CA
Student of Dr. Chin-Fei Chan  
Avery Chen, flute16Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Isabelle Chapuis  
Erin Li, flute16Palo Alto, CA
Student of Ray Furuta  
Jason Xu, saxophone16Toronto, Canada
Student of Wonki Lee  
Joshua Jung, oboe16Frisco, TX
Student of Ha Eun An  
Miranda Jiang, bassoon16Short Hills, NJ
Student of Marc Goldberg  
Jeewoo Kang, flute17Hoffman Estates, IL
Student of Ann Haymee  
Youngho Cho, flute17Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Jisun Park  
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Ian Ting Wai Pang, clarinet27Elmhurst, NY
Student of Charles Neidich  
Ji young Yoon, flute25New York, NY
Student of Judith Mendenhall and Soo-kyung Park
Nick May, soprano saxophone27Parkville, MO
Amateur Category:
Richard Hillson, cornet40Jersey City, NJ
Second Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 9:
Avery Misbach, flute8Atlanta, GA
Student of Nicole Frankel  
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Pakawat Poldetch, clarinet10Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Prapanpong Maneewong  
Emma Bensoussan, French horn11Sydney, Australia
Student of Christopher Howes  
Ivarine Kanthamanond, flute11Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Tipok Phinitsakul  
Subin Kim, clarinet11San Jose, CA
Student of Katie Ryu  
Ardisha Thawrani, flute12Cincinnati, OH
Student of Amanda Martin  
Roy Wang, clarinet12Champaign, IL
Student of John Hutch  
Chenyuan Lou, saxophone13Shanghai, China
Student of Dr. Andrew Harrison  
Junseo Lee, clarinet13San Jose, CA
Student of Kyungeun Ryu  
Sophia Lin, flute13Irvine, CA
Student of Judy Ho  
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Claire Lee, flute14Pleasanton, CA
Student of Tina Kim  
Jianna Kim, flute14Lansdale, PA
Student of Olivia Staton  
Alexis Kwon, flute15San Ramon, CA
Student of Yuna Kim  
Jason Park, Bb clarinet15Cupertino, CA
Student of Hyemin Yun  
John Park, saxophone15Closter, NJ
Student of Wonki Lee  
Joseph Baik, clarinet15Portland, OR
Student of Hyeyoung Jeong  
Kenneth Rhee, Bb clarinet15Irvine, CA
Student of David Chang  
Levana Lai, flute15Saratoga, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou  
Rachel J. Kim, flute15Old Tappan, NJ
Student of Jisun Park  
Scarlett Sheng Lin Huang, clarinet15Singapore
Student of Li Xin  
Seowon Han, flute15Fullerton, CA
Student of Tina Kim and Whitney Ting  
Andrew Lim, trumpet16Irvine, CA
Student of Matthew Kim  
Clara Hinsdale, flute16Tampa, FL
Student of Taylor Irelan  
Hannah Jo, flute17Seoul, South Korea
Student of Jungyeon Choi  
Xiangliang Yang, trumpet17Shenzhen, China
NICEXY Trio:  
Jaehyun Lim, Bb clarinet15Saratoga, CA
Kyuwon Kim, clarinet17San Jose, CA
Paul Woo, piano16San Jose, CA
Students of Sonyoung Kang  
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Stephanie Pizza, flute23Ridgewood , NJ
Student of Judith Mendenhall  
Amateur Category:
Judy Lee, flute21Fullerton, CA
Student of Yong mi Choi  

Other applicants received Diploma of Participation


Upcoming Competitions:


Vocal Competition 2024

Deadline: June 10, 2024


Competition of Romantic Music 2024

Deadline: October 10, 2024


Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2024

Deadline: October 25, 2024


Piano and Strings Competition 2025

Deadline: January 20, 2025


Concerto Competition 2025

Deadline: February 20, 2025