Meet our 2018 Winners!
High School Division
Jory Lane, 17, is one of the most versatile, up-and-coming musicians in the Pikes Peak area. Since age two, he has played violin and in his 15 years of study has picked up the mandolin, guitar, cello, bass, ukulele and dabbles with the sitar. He is in his tenth season with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association and is the soloist and concertmaster, with tours to Japan, Germany, Prague and Carnegie Hall.
Jory has won numerous competitions for classical violin performance, including the Music Teachers National Association State competition, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic Concerto competition and the CSYSA’s Young Artist Solo Competition and is a Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado Scholarship roster member.
Jory has served as concertmaster for numerous honor ensembles, including the Western States Honor Chamber Orchestra and the Colorado All State Symphony Orchestra. He maintains a busy performance schedule, playing in several ensembles and bands and performing solo violin repertoire. In his free time, he enjoys reading, snowboarding and dirt biking. Jory is a leading authority on bow ties.
Jory will be performing Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Vu
Leslie Wilburn is a Denver pianist, composer, violinist, violist, and actor who began musical studies at the age of 5 on the violin. Leslie is the 2018 winner of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) Composition Competition; and has won multiple state awards in piano performance and composition with the National Federation of Music Clubs, a Concerto Competition with DYAO String Ensemble (violin, 2011), honorable mentions (violin) in the DYAO Conservatory Orchestra Concerto Competition (2014) and in the Colorado Young Sinfonia Concerto Competition (2016, 2018); and Solo Honors Recitals at various summer music camps (violin, piano).
At the age of 12, Leslie toured Italy, France, and Spain with the DYAO Travel Orchestra, and in 2016 was Co-Principal Violist for the DYAO New York tour which included two performances at Carnegie Hall. Leslie has been a member of Phamaly Theater Company (the world’s only theater company composed solely of performers with disabilities across the spectrum; physical, cognitive, intellectual, and emotional) since 2013, and has performed both as an actor and as a full member of their live orchestra for musicals (violin/viola). Leslie currently studies piano/composition with Dr. Jeremy Dittus, composition with Deborah De La Torre, viola and violin with Basil Vendryes, and orchestral performance (concertmaster) with Dr. Enrique Lasansky at the Denver School of the Arts.
Leslie has had a cathartic relationship with music for virtually his entire life. He uses music as a means to express emotions and depict scenes that he cannot put in words. Leslie is ecstatic to be the 2018 co-winner of the Broomfield Symphony Concerto Competition, High School Division (piano), and especially with this concerto that was premiered so early in Beethoven's musical career. The performance features an ending composed by Leslie for the original unfinished cadenza. He hopes to draw inspiration from this experience as he moves forward through his own musical journey. Leslie further hopes to grow accustomed to the awkwardness of writing about himself in the third person.
No awards were made in the Middle School Division for the 2018 competition.
Middle School Division, Hannah Park
Hannah Park is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade at Skyview Academy in Highland Ranch. She started piano at the age of 6 and started participating in concerts and competitions after meeting her current teacher Chris Kim.
In 2016, Hannah won the CSMTA Concerto Competition in the elementary piano division and has performed with the Metropolitan University Orchestra in King Center. She was awarded 1st prize in the Steinway Concerto competition in the middle school piano division in 2016. She was awarded 1st prize in the New York Artist International Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She was a winner of 12th Annual Stars of Tomorrow Talent Show in the Kiwanis Club.
Besides piano, Hannah loves other activities including practicing Yoga with her family and skiing.
High School Division, Jessie Eoff
Jessie Eoff, 16 years old, is currently a junior at Smoky Hill High School. At the age of six she began playing the piano under the guidance of her mother, a private piano instructor, and has studied with her current teacher, Hsing-ay Hsu, for the past 5 years.
She was the 2016 Rising Star CSMTNA first place winner, 2016 Schmitt first place winner, and 2015 MTNA honorable mention. In school Jessie is a 2x state qualifier in track, has a 4.6 weighted GPA while taking advanced AP and IB classes, is an NHS officer, and held first chair for clarinet in the high school wind symphony for 2 years.
Outside of school she enjoys camping, skiing, and hiking 14ers in the beautiful Colorado Mountains, plays in many charitable music events, teaches sunday school, and tutors younger children with their school work.
High School Division, Andrew Ying
Andrew Ying, 16, is a junior at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He began violin lessons at age 5 and currently studies with Professor Linda Wang at the University of Denver. Previously, Andrew studied with Mimi de Lemos and Larisa Lewis.
Since his debut with the Littleton Symphony Orchestra in 2011, Andrew won the Junior Division of the 2011 and 2013 MTNA Colorado State Violin Competitions and was invited both years to perform at the Colorado Music Teachers Annual Conference. He was also the winner of the 2012 Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado Junior Division Auditions and is a member of the 2015 Young Musicians Foundation Artist Roster.
He performs annually at the Young Musicians Foundation Showcase Concert. Andrew also soloed as part of the 2013 Littleton United Methodist Church Fine Arts Series. Invited as a winner of the International American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition, Andrew performed at Carnegie Hall in July. Andrew was also a scholar of the Lamont Music Summary Academy and a fellow of the Montecito International Music Festival, where he received masterclasses and guidance from Alexander Treger and Joseph Silverstein. Andrew was a finalist in the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition in January.
Aside from his musical endeavors, Andrew is a two-time qualifier to the National Speech and Debate Tournament in both Policy and Congressional Debate. He also co-founded the Denver Math Club, a non-profit organization that aims at fostering elementary and middle school mathematical minds. Andrew is also a two-time Colorado State Top Scorer in the American Mathematics Competitions 10 and 12.
High School Division, Michael Davison
Michael Davison is a senior at Colorado Early Colleges Charter School, and is a resident of Fort Collins, where he has been studying piano with Dr. David McArthur since late 2014.
Michael started taking piano lessons during the summer after his second grade year, and has pursued the instrument vigorously ever since. His early teacher, Mary Beth Eversole, helped him discover his desire to understand music at an intimate level, as he transformed under her instruction from a student who enjoyed playing Star Wars themes into a passionate fan of Bach and Schubert. After Ms. Eversole moved to California, Michael spent nearly two years without musical instruction, prompting himself to explore the works of unfamiliar composers and genres. During this time, he developed a taste for the music of more obscure composers, as well as the popular Romantic and 20th Century greats, such as Alkan, Liszt, Brahms, and Godowsky. For about two years, Michael participated in Project Youth and Chamber Music (PYCH) in Fort Collins, playing chamber works of various composers.
Publicly, Michael has kept a rather low profile, giving few performances after his first teacher moved away. During 2014, he began searching for a teacher to study under, and found an answer in Dr. McArthur, whose teaching methods and understanding of the piano have been astronomical to Michael's development as a pianist, emphasizing technique and hypermetrical analysis.
Middle School Division, Lucy Sotak
Lucy Sotak is a fourteen year old, home schooled student from Arvada, Colorado. She began harp lessons at the age of four with Mary Kay Waddington, author of the Suzuki Harp School, and piano lessons at the age of six with Annette Green.
Playing the harp for Lucy is not only great fun, but it has also provided many opportunities for travel and meeting new people. Highlights include harp ensemble concerts at the 11th World Harp Congress (Vancouver, B.C., 2011) and the 150th anniversary celebration of Lyon & Healy Harps (Chicago, 2014). Solo performances include the Suzuki Association of the America’s 40th anniversary Kaleidoscope Concert (Minneapolis, 2012), Indiana University’s Stars of Tomorrow concert (2013), and NPR’s From the Top (El Paso, Texas, 2013). Lucy has participated in several competitions for harp and piano. She won first place in the American Harp Society National Competition in the Junior division (2011) and was a finalist in the Intermediate I division (2013, 2015). She received first place for piano in her division at the TASHCO Young Artists Festival (2012, 2013).
In addition to music, Lucy enjoys drawing, animation, writing stories, reading, bird watching, and spending time with friends and family.
Middle School Division, Willem Luyten, violin
Willem Luyten, 16, violin, is a sophomore at Cherry Creek High School. He has played violin from the age of three, studying with his uncle, Scott Esty and now with Emily Ondracek.
Willem has won numerous competitions and has appeared as a soloist with the Loveland Symphony, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic and the Colorado Young Sinfonia. He particulary loves to play chamber music and has attended the Heartland Chamber Music Festival and the Killington Chamber Music Festival in the summers. This summer he will head to the Cleveland Institute of Music for the Encore Chamber Music Festival.
When he's not practicing or doing homework, Willem loves to backcountry ski and play basketball.
Willem performed the finale from the Kabalevsky "Violin Concerto."
High School Division, Sophie Luyten, Violin
Updated bio awaited
Sophie performed the opening movement of Samuel Barber's "Violin Concerto."
Middle School Division, Tatia Slouka, Bassoon
Tatia Slouka is an honor student at Goddard Middle School in Littleton, Colorado. She is 14 years old and in the eighth grade. She plays principal in the Denver Young Artist Orchestra and will tour Europe with them this June. She is also principal in the Colorado Young Sinfonia, having been a part of the group for 2 seasons.
Tatia has been playing the bassoon for 2 ½ years and is studying with Roger Soren, Colorado Symphony Orchestra bassoonist and contrabassoonist. Tatia had the opportunity to work with Leonard Hindell (retired principal bassoonist, New York Philharmonic) at the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp in Colorado Springs last year and will attend the camp again this summer. She has also been part of the Colorado Honor Band Association for 2 years.
Tatia loves reading, writing, arranging and composing music, swimming, biking and playing her bassoon and piano.
High School Division, Abigail Enssle, Harp
Abigail Enssle has studied harp under the instruction of Pamela Eldridge for eleven years. Inspired to play the harp by a church friend, she has since established a vibrant musical life that includes solo performances, chamber music, and orchestral playing. In early 2014, Abigail was awarded first place in both the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra and Boulder Philharmonic concerto competitions.
She currently plays in the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and plans to accompany them on a tour of Europe this summer. Abigail has also been a member of Boulder Youth Symphony and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, where she was awarded second place in both the 2012 and 2013 concerto competitions. Abigail especially enjoys playing for children and the elderly, as well as participating in the music of her church, and she always strives to glorify God through her playing. In addition to music, she enjoys hiking and cycling and hopes to pursue nursing and harp performance in college.
High School Division, Andrew Peeples, Cello
Andrew Peeples, 16 years old, attends Peak to Peak High School and studies cello with Thomas Heinrich. He is in his fourth year with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Andrew was the winner of both the Kiwannis Stars of Tomorrow Competition and the Longmont Symphony Young Artists Competition, and he is on the Young Musicians Foundation 2013-2014 roster. Andrew is a founding member of InTune String Ensemble, a quartet that raises funds for children’s charities. In his spare time, Andrew loves snowboarding and participating in speech and debate meets.
Middle School Division, Eloise Hodges, Violin
Eloise Hodges is an honor student at Kent Denver School and is in eighth grade. She studies violin with James Maurer and plays with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. She was a member of the Colorado Young Sinfonia from 2010-2012. In December 2012, Eloise was named to the 2013-2014 fellowship roster of the Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado. In 2011, Eloise won the junior division of the Colorado Young Sinfonia youth concerto competition. She received first place in the junior division of the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) concerto competition in 2010. Eloise traveled to China for three weeks with a group comprising members of the Boulder Youth Symphony, Longmont Youth Symphony and CYSO in the summer of 2010. Eloise is a founding member of InTune String Ensemble, a registered Colorado nonprofit dedicated to raising money for charities benefitting children in need. Eloise loves reading, singing, spending time with her family, and performing with her quartet.