Concerto Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions

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Each spring, Case Western Reserve University undergraduate music majors compete in recital format for an opportunity to perform as a soloist with Symphony Orchestra or Symphonic Winds the following academic year. The Department of Music is proud to offer this competition as an opportunity for our talented musicians to gain performance experience and receive public recognition for their work. 

All of our applicants displayed professionalism and musicianship. The 2023 Concerto Competition was held in-person with performances evaluated by a panel of faculty members. A special thank you goes out to our accompanists, Alicja Basinska, Anne Wilson, and Elizabeth DeMio. Visit this page for a full list of performers and program information.


  • Maxine Chou, cello (Bryan Dumm)
  • Jesse Silverberg, horn (David Brockett)
  • Angela Tsang, piano (Sean Schulze)

Honorable Mentions

  • Lilyanne Dorilas, violin (Stephen Sims)
  • Matthew Smutny, saxophone (Gregory Banaszak) 

Past Winners

  • 2022 | Michael Brough (saxophone), Grant Carr (piano), Jeremy Gray (clarinet), Hitomi Ono (flute), Gina Yang (piano)
  • 2021 | Karen Ji (piano), Allison Siekmann (violin)
  • 2020 | Samuel Chaffee (piano), Alexander Lenhart (trumpet), Nicholas Strawn (percussion), Rachel Beller (percussion)
  • 2019 | Brian Liu (piano), Jon O’Brien (saxophone), Tim Orlando (violin), Nick Pogharian (trombone)
  • 2018 | Julie Kim (violin), Bianca Pierson (saxophone), and Devin Reddy (horn)
  • 2017 | Kieran Aulak (marimba), Tyler McMaken (piano), Jason Linn (trombone), Zoe Ruolin Yang (violin), Timothy Nicholas (violin)
  • 2016 | David Hsiao (violin), Christina Liu (violin), Rebecca Pfeiffer (trumpet), Vincenzo Volpe (flute), Ann Wang (piano)
  • 2015 | Ailin Yu (piano), Meigen Yu (piano), Robin Jo (violin)
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