2024 Winners

Middle School Division

Eric Kim, Piano

Sadie Rhodes Han began her violin studies with Margaret Gutierrez at the age of 4. She currently studies with Claude Sim, Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Sadie’s first public performance with an orchestra was at the age of 10 and she has since attended the Peaks to Plains Music Institute and The Lamont Summer Academy where she was chosen to perform on the honors solo and chamber recitals both summers she attended.  She has also been a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra for the past 2 years.

Sadie has attended Denver School of the Arts since the 6th grade and served as Concertmaster of the Sinfonia Orchestra. She is now a freshman and just returned from a tour of Italy, where the orchestra performed in Rome, Florence and Venice. She placed 3rd in the Lakewood Symphony Concerto Competition in 2023 and performed in April 2024 with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra at Boettcher Concert Hall as the winner of their concerto competition.

When she is not playing violin, Sadie also enjoys playing the piano and guitar, traveling with her family, baking cakes, and watching old movies with her mom and 2 dogs.

High School Division

Misa Stanton, Violin

Violin soloist Misa Stanton began her violin studies at the age of three, and currently studies with James Maurer. Previous teachers include Jacqueline Maurer and Christine Rewoliski.

Since 2017 she has been a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, where she has served as Concertmaster, Assistant Concertmaster, and Principal Second Violin. In 2013 Misa was a soloist with the Littleton Symphony Orchestra; in 2019, she won first place in the junior division of the Colorado Young Sinfonia concerto competition; and, in 2020 she was a finalist in the Denver Young Artists Orchestra concerto competition.

She has played with the Non Sibi String Quartet, which was featured on CPR Classical Radio. In 2020 Misa co-founded the Evergreen String Quartet, which has performed at fundraisers and other events across Colorado. She is currently a home-high school junior.

Misa will be performing the Camille Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, Movement 1: Allegro non troppo.

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