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Legacy Young Artists Concert / Chamber Music Series

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Legacy Young Artist Concert

Featuring young artist competition finalists from years past as they share their incredible talent that has been fostered within our community.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series presents the “Legacy Young Artists Concert” on Sunday, November 17 at First Presbyterian Church. The concert will feature five Young Artist Competition finalists from years past as they share their talents that have been fostered within our community.

Returning Young Artists Competition finalists, include Ben Price – oboe, Hailey Kang – cello, Jenna Tu – piano, Macy Gong – flute and Nicholas Dill – violin. Each musician has chosen pieces to showcase their skills. Co-creator of the VSO Chamber Music Series and VSO pianist, Dr. Michael C. Liu, will also accompany a selection of musicians.

About Ben Price
Ben Price, a sophomore at Grant High School, has studied oboe for five years with Karen Wagner and previously, Dagny Rask Regan. Currently the principal oboist of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Ben is a past winner of the Oregon Sinfonietta’s concerto competition. Ben has played in master classes for Max Blair, Alex Klein, François Leleux, Michael Loveland, Martin Schuring and Karen Strand. Ben is a three-time participant in the Northwest Oboe Seminar and was also selected as principal oboe of the NAfME All-Northwest Band. Ben has performed at OMEA State Solo & Ensemble, placing 1st in 2019. Ben is honored to be returning to the VSO stage with Dr. Liu.

About Hailey Kang
Hailey Kang is a senior and currently studies cello with Hyun-Jin Kim. She has been part of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for nine years and is currently co-principle of the symphony, as well as MYS’s top chamber group. Hailey has soloed with the Oregon Pro Arte Orchestra, twice with the Jewish Community Orchestra, as well as twice with MYS. She will be soloing with the Oregon Sinfonietta Orchestra in the spring of 2020. Hailey was chosen as a finalist for the Vancouver Symphony concerto competition and Oregon Mozart Player Competition. Hailey has also participated in master classes taught by Harriet Krijgh, Dr. Nail, Jeffery Butler and Angela Lee. She attended the Montecito International Music Festival, Boston University’s Tanglewood summer camp and Brevard Summer Music Institute, where she was a finalist in the concerto competition and studied under renowned professionals Jonathan Spitz, Susannah Chapman, Ken Lam and Keith Lockhart. Hailey was a winner for the Monday Musical Scholarship Competition, as well as the District and Oregon State Solo and Ensemble Competition. Hailey was selected as a first-place winner in the International American Protégé Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall. She will be playing again at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2020 with her trio, as a first-place winner in the International Golden Classical Music Awards Competition. She was also a first-place winner in the Oregon MTNA state division and an alternate for MTNA regional division. Hailey has participated in the All-State and All-Northwest orchestras and was selected as the principle for the 2019 All-Northwest Orchestra. Hailey was also a winner in the International Grande Music Competition, winning the opportunity to perform at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.

About Jenna Tu
Jenna Tu currently studies piano with Dr. Renato Fabbro. Her most recent honors include first prize at the 2019 Portland District Instrumental Scholarship Competition, 2018 Oregon MTNA Senior Piano Competition, 2018 Marjorie Trotter Memorial Scholarship Competition, 2018 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, 2018 Steinway & Sons Competition (Senior Division), 2017 Oregon MTNA Senior Piano Competition and the 2017 Cris Tapang Scholarship Competition. Jenna gave her solo debut as a first-prize winner with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Central Oregon Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony and other orchestras. Furthermore, Jenna has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the 2015 WSMTA State Conference Honors Recital and the 2014 Colburn Music Academy Piano Festival. Jenna was selected to perform in master classes for Angela Cheng Joseph Moog, among others. Jenna is also a flutist and a current member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

About Macy Gong
Macy Gong, age 13, is an eighth grader at Athey Creek Middle School in Tualatin. She
began studying the flute at 6-years old with Melissa Stoudt and is now a student of
Sydney Carlson. Recently this January, Macy got second place in the Vancouver
Symphony Young Artists Competition. She won first place in the GPFS
Young Artists Competition last year as well. Currently, she is the principal flute of the Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP). During the summer for the past five years, Macy has attended the annual Flute Boot Camp hosted by Flute Alliance and has worked and learned from Martha Long. She is heavily involved with piano as well, earning many awards in competitions and festivals. Outside of music, Macy enjoys reading, playing badminton, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

About Nicholas Dill
Nicholas Dill is an 18-year old violinist from Hockinson, Washington. A student of Carol Sindell, he has won numerous competitions, including the Van Buren Competition, Oregon Mozart Players Young Soloist Competition and Gilbert Glausiuss Competition. Last January, Nicholas traveled to New Zealand to perform the solo sonatas of Eugene Ysaÿe with his mentor Charlie Castleman. Nicholas has attended summer programs at the Castleman Quartet Program, International Akaroa Music Festival, Philadelphia International Music Festival, Chamber Music Camp of Portland, Haystack Chamber Music and Portland Summer Ensembles. Nicholas has received coaching from many great artists including Ilya Kaler, Mayuko Kamio, Csaba Erdély, Almita Vamos, Johannes Moser, and members of the Dover Quartet. Academically accomplished, Nicholas is taking several college math classes, is a member of the Study of Exceptional Talent at Johns Hopkins University and is a Davidson Institute Young Scholar. Nicholas has performed on several fine violins including a Gaetano Gadda and a 1748 G.B. Guadagnini, he currently plays a F.N. Voirin bow.

About the VSO Chamber Music Series
Co-created by Dr. Michael C. Liu, the VSO pianist and board member, and Dr. Igor Shakhman, VSO Executive Director and Principal Clarinet, the VSO Chamber Music Series is proud to provide enchanting chamber music in an intimate setting. Originally intended to be played in a small chamber, hall or house, chamber music showcases musician virtuosity in melodies that are quite exposed in a typical ensemble of three to six musicians. Listeners enjoy an entirely new concert experience meant to speak to every individual in a comfortable space. The content of each VSO concert is unique, ranging from musical accompaniment for silent films and operatic soloists, to traditional string quartets and trios. Now in its ninth season, the VSO Chamber Series continues to provide this matchless art form to the Vancouver community.

About our Sponsors
The VSO is generously supported by individual donors, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, All Classical Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Firstenburg Foundation, The Community Foundation of SW Washington, The Columbian, The Homewood Suites, Dick Hannah, PeaceHealth and Michelle’s Pianos.

The VSO Chamber Music Series is sponsored by Leonard and Betsy Liu who would like to help expand and further develop this series so it can reach an even wider audience.


What: Eugene Goossens’s Oboe Concerto in 1 Movement, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Frederic Chopin’s Polonaise Fantaisie in A Flat Major Op. 61, Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D major, 1st movement and Franck’s Violin Sonata
When: November 17, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church
4300 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
Tickets: $25, $10 for students.



November 17
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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First Presbyterian Church
4300 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98663 United States
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