LJS&C announces winners of the Young Artists Competition

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) announced the winners of the 2009 Young Artists Competition on Jan. 24 at the UC San Diego campus. A total of eight cash prizes were awarded in instrumental and vocal categories.

The first-place instrumental award went to 14-year-old violinist Hannah Cho, who attends Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica. Cho has served as concertmaster and assistant concertmaster of the San Diego Youth Symphony (2006-2008), and currently performs in the first violin section with the American Youth Symphony Orchestra.

First-place vocal went to soprano Melissa Carter of Santee. Carter is studying for her graduate degree at San Diego State University on a four-year vocal scholarship. She is a member of the San Diego Opera Chorus.

First-place winners receive an award of $1,500 each. In total, $6,500 in cash prizes was awarded to the eight winners. Other award-winners are:


• Instrumental Division

Second-place: Isabella Mija Reyes, violin, age 19, resident of Corona

Third-place: Mark Teplitsky, flute, age 17 (Torrey Pines High School)

Most promising: Harold Reeves, violin, age 17 (Rancho Bernardo High School)



• Vocal Division

Second-place: Kristin Behrmann, mezzo-soprano, resident of San Diego

Third-place: Joseph Pleuss, lyric baritone, resident of Carlsbad

Most promising: Alize Rozsnyai, soprano, resident of San Diego


The eight Young Artists Competition winners performed in a winners recital Jan. 25. First-place winners may perform with the LJS&C during its 2009-2010 Season.

The LJS&C Young Artists Competition is open to contestants who reside or have resided in San Diego County or Baja California or have studied with a music teacher in San Diego County or Baja California. In keeping with the LJS&C’s mission of performing contemporary as well as classical repertoire, all contestants are required to perform at least one selection composed after 1925.