Each year, one or two of the students in Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is selected to perform a concerto movement of his or her choice with the orchestra. The selection takes place via the SCCYS Concerto Competition, which is held in the Spring. All current students in the orchestra are eligible to audition on their orchestral instrument, and SCCYS students who are also advanced pianists are invited to audition on the piano as well. Auditions are played with piano accompaniment (arranged by the participant) and are judged by a panel of three professional musicians. The winner of the competition is invited to perform their concerto movement with SCCYS in the following season. On occasion, more than one winner may be selected.

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Past Winners


Stanley Wang
2015 Winner

Stanley Wang is a freshman at Santa Cruz High School. He has been playing violin for eight years, and is a student of Cynthia Baehr. Currently he is concertmaster of Santa Cruz Youth Symphony. Stanley has many awards in violin solos and chamber music performances. He won the audition and performed in Carmel Bach Festival Young Musicians Concert in 2014, and in Berkeley Junior Bach Festival in 2015; he won first prizes for violin performance in Santa Cruz Talent Bank Competition 2013-2015. His piano trio with Derek Hamersly and Marc Picard won the grand prize in the 2014 Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Youth Chamber Music Competition, and performed in a festival concert. He completed Certificate of Merit Violin Level 9 in 2015. Besides competitions, Stanley is active in performing solos and chamber music for community events and fundraising events in Santa Cruz and Monterey areas. In school, he likes math, science and art. He has won 4 individual gold medals and 3 team gold medals in Santa Cruz County Math Contest. Outside school and music, Stanley enjoys drawing, swimming, and having fun with friends.

Sabrina Miller

Sabrina Miller
2014 Winner
Flute, Franz Doppler: Hungarian Pastoral Fantasy

Sabrina Miller is a junior at Santa Cruz High School, and she has been playing flute for 7 years. She plays both flute and piccolo in her school’s band. Although she has played many different styles of music, her favorite genres have repeatedly proven to be romantic and 21st century music. In addition, she prefers minor keys to major.

Andrew Vu
2014 Winner
Violin, Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole

Andrew is a sophomore at Pacific Collegiate School. He began playing violin when he was 5 years old and has studied with Pat Burnham since 2012.  Pat chose Lalo Symphonie Espagnole for Andrew back in the fall of 2013 because she thought it would suit Andrew’s general demeanor and bring out his strengths.

Before the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, Andrew played with several other groups. These were: the Cabrillo Strings, the Peninsula Young Artists, and the Silicon Valley Strings quartet group, which is partially coached by Pat. Andrew also played in a SCCYS based quartet, named the “Perfect Fourth” quartet.   He also did Certificate of Merit from levels 2 – 6 and Stanford Advanced Music institute for two summers.

Outside of music, Andrew enjoys drawing Rube-Goldberg type machines. One of his crossbow designs was actually built.Andrew also enjoys reading about science, science fiction, Latin and computer programming.

Katie Joe McNair
2013 Winner
Violin, Henryk Wieniawski: Violin Concerto #2 in D Minor

Christina Gasparich
2013 Winner
Piano, Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor

Christina Dooka
2012 Winner
Violin, Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26