Paul Taub Young Artist Competition

The 2022 Competition Application is now closed.
2022 Paul Taub Young Artist Competition 
April 10, 2022

1st Place $1000 | 2nd Place $500 | 3rd Place $250 

The Seattle Flute Society is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Young Artist Competition. In honor of the late Paul Taub, the Young Artist Competition will henceforth be known as the Paul Taub Young Artist Competition.

 

The final round of the 2022 competition will take place on April 10, 2022 as a part of the 2022 Seattle Flute Festival (Guest Artist: Jennifer Grim), with Preliminary Round entries due on February 28, 2022. Finalists will be selected and informed by March 7, 2022. In the event of unforeseen COVID restrictions, the final round will take place online.

 

 

Please contact Sungwoo Steven Kim at seattleflute.eventscoordinator@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

2022 Finalists

Daniel Fletcher

Daniel is currently a Senior in Flute Performance and Music Education at the University of North Texas. Since attending UNT, he has been the piccolo player of the UNT Wind Ensemble, the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, and the UNT Opera. He was part of the North Texas Flute Choir that performed at the 2020 NFA Convention.

 

Daniel was the winner of the 2022 Mid-South Young Artist Competition, 2021 San Diego Flute Guild Winter Retreat Young Artist Competition, 2020 Da Capo Alliance Young Artist Competition, 2020 NFA Masterclass Competition, and the 2020 DMTA Performance Prize Contest. He won second prize at the 2021 Wisconsin Flute Festival Collegiate Artist Competition and the 2020 Maverick Flute Soloist Competition and was selected as an Alternate Finalist for the 2020 NFA Orchestral Excerpts and Masterclass Competition.
 

Daniel's primary teachers include Terri Sundberg, James Scott, Brittney Balkcom, and Tia Jaynes.

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You Yang

You Yang (pronounced as Yoh Yahng) is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at University of North Texas in Prof. Terri Sundberg’s studio. As a soloist, she has been the first prize winner for the Myrna Brown Competition, and prize winners for the Philadelphia Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and the NFA Masterclass Competition.

 

As an orchestral player, she was a full scholarship recipient of the 2020 Detroit Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute, the substitute flutist for the New World Symphony 2020-2021 season, and an opera orchestra fellow of the 2019 Miami Music Festival. In her spare time, she enjoys watching detective and suspense movies.

William Yeh

William Yeh is a master's student at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University under the tutelage of Leone Buyse. He received his bachelor's degree in music and minor in accounting at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with Denis Bouriakov. Additional mentors include Erin Bouriakov, Diana Morgan, and Darin Ishimatsu.

 

William has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic for the performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. He has been an instrumental fellow at the Sarasota Music Festival, Conducting Institute Lab Orchestra, and Eastern Music Festival, where he was selected as a concerto competition finalist. He is excited to be a fellow at the National Repertory Orchestra this summer. He held the 3rd flute/piccolo position of the American Youth Symphony and Young Musicians Foundation's Debut Orchestra, both pre-professional training orchestras in Los Angeles, for two seasons. William was awarded honorable mention for UCLA's All-Star concerto competition in 2017 and is a proud recipient of UCLA's Shera and Peter Falk/Lt. Columbo Memorial Scholarship.

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2022 Adjudicators

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Jennifer Grim

Jennifer Grim has been hailed as "a deft, smooth flute soloist" by the New York Times. Her remarkable depth and breadth as a performer of solo and chamber repertoire have gained broad national acclaim. She has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. She also serves as Principal Flute of the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra and has given solo and chamber performances throughout the United States and in China, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and Spain.

Ms. Grim has performed as a soloist with the Lviv Philharmonic, Boca Raton Symphonia, UNLV Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Summer Music Festival, among others. As a guest artist, she has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, and the American String Quartet with harpist Nancy Allen. With Zéphyros Winds, Ms. Grim recently performed the American premiere of the Wolfgang Rihm Wind Quintet in New York City at the Music in Midtown Chamber Music Series. The ensemble has also held residencies at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, Brigham Young University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Skidmore College, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Brandeis University.

Ms. Grim was recently honored with the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award from the UNLV College of Fine Arts. In demand as a clinician, she has given masterclasses across the country, specializing in both solo and chamber music. Among the institutions at which she has appeared are the Juilliard School, Yale University, Eastman School of Music, Brigham Young University, Stanford University, UCLA, San Francisco State University, Arizona State University, University of Iowa, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, University of the Pacific, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

 

A passionate advocate of diversity initiatives in the field of classical music, Ms. Grim has programmed a series of concerts featuring African American, Latin American, and Latino composers, leading to solo performances of works by Diego Vega, David Sanford, and Valerie Coleman, among others. She has also worked with the National Take a Stand Festival, which invites students from El Sistema inspired programs across the United States to perform in a national youth orchestra performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

 

A native of Berkeley, California, Ms. Grim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. She is an Ambassador Clinician for Haynes Flutes and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music America and the National Flute Association. 

Christina Medawar

Seattle native Christina Medawar is founder, artistic director, and flutist for The Sustain Music Project, a chamber music group started in 2018 which connects the community through classical music by creating engaging and immersive musical experiences. Each concert is presented in tandem with a different artistic medium (such as visual arts, food, and dance) and with community-serving nonprofits to explore new connections between music and these arts.

Christina performed in the Houston Grand Opera as acting principal flute from 2017-2018 and as second flute/piccolo from 2010-2017. She has performed with the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera, the Houston Ballet, and the contemporary ensemble Musiqa in Houston, TX. She can be heard on Houston Grand Opera’s recordings of the world premieres of two of Ricky Ian Gordon’s operas: “A House Without a Christmas Tree” and “A Coffin in Egypt”.

Christina is an avid supporter of music outreach and education. She was a recipient of the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Entrepreneurial Music Outreach in 2008 from Rice University and was the coordinator for the Just-for-U Music Program (a series of outreach concerts for elementary-aged children) at Rice University for which she received a 2008 Mayor’s Volunteer Houston award. Christina also has taught flute students at Rice University and Shoreline Community College.

Christina holds her masters degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and her bachelors degree from Manhattan School of Music. Her major teachers include Leone Buyse, Linda Chesis, and Bonnie Blanchard. Outside of music, Christina enjoys running, cooking, spending time with her husband Stephen and her cat Nori, and chasing after her two adorable kids, Josiah and Linnea.

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Jennifer Rhyne

Jennifer Rhyne serves as Associate Professor of Flute and Music Theory at Pacific Lutheran University where she also directs the Sølvvinden Flute Ensemble and performs with the Camas Woodwind Quintet.

Before joining the faculty of PLU, Rhyne taught at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. The North Carolina native holds degrees in Flute Performance and in Neuroscience from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, as well as degrees in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan and Stony Brook University. She pursued non-degree studies at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. Her teachers include Kathleen Chastain, Michel Debost, Lorna McGhee, Carol Wincenc and Pierre-Yves Artaud. Rhyne is a member of Symphony Tacoma and performs regularly with Vashon Opera and the Blessed Sacrament Baroque Orchestra in addition to directing the Tacoma Flute Choir.

She frequently appears with ensembles in the region such as Northwest Sinfonietta, Bellevue Opera, Lyric Opera Northwest, the Northwest Bach Festival, and Walla Walla Baroque, as well as on chamber music series such as the Second City Chamber Music Series and at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. A dedicated pedagogue, her articles have been published in School Band and Orchestra Magazine and Flute Talk, and she has been a featured lecturer and masterclass clinician at the National Flute Association Convention, the Kansas Music Educators Convention, the University of Oregon, Cornish College of the Arts, Ohio University, Portland State University, Western Kentucky University, and Columbus State University in Georgia as well as a frequent adjudicator for contests in the Northwest.

She served as the Assistant Program Chair for the 2017 National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis. She has won prizes in competitions sponsored by the National Flute Association, the Texas Flute Society, the Albuquerque Flute Association, and the Washington, DC Flute Society and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden in New York.

Her students have won prizes in competitions sponsored by PLU, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, the Tacoma Philharmonic, the Washington Music Educators Association, and the National Flute Association. Rhyne enjoys performing a wide variety of music from all genres and eras, including historically-informed performances of early music on a one-keyed wooden flute as well as performances of avant-garde contemporary solo and chamber works. Her Two Muses recording of music for flute and guitar is available from Amazon.

Past Winners

2021

1st Place: Susan Kang

2nd Place: Yidi Song

3rd Place: Allison DeFrancesco

2020

1st Place: Yi Xiang

2nd Place: Jungah Yoon

3rd Place: Joyce Lee

 

2019

1st Place: Won Lee

2nd Place: Charles Gibb

3rd Place: Ann Green

2018

1st Place: Min Ha Kim

2nd Place: Ryan Foley

3rd Place: Douglas DeVries

 

2017

1st Place: Cassie Lear
2nd Place: Vivian Lee

3rd Place: Joyce Lee

2016

1st Place: Jeiran Hasan

2nd Place: Evan Pengra Sult

3rd Place: Benton Gordon

2015

1st Place: Colleen McElroy

2nd Place: Raoul Cho

2014

1st Place: Yerim Choi
2nd Place: Min Hee Kim

3rd Place: Joshua Romatowksi

2013

1st Place: Julian Rose

2nd Place: Jodie Rottle

3rd Place: Cassie Lea