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.
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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.