Instrumental Music Semifinalists – Orange County Register

From a list of 92 nominees, the following 15 students were selected as semi-finalists for 2022 Artist of the Year in Instrumental Music. The students were chosen by a panel of teachers based on written statements, performance videos and artistic CVs.

Included are links to their work, the specialty in which they were nominated, and quotes on how they relate to their craft.

Instrumental musicians were nominated in the specialties jazz, piano and strings, winds and percussion, and world/cultural and commercial music.

During the final round of selection, students are interviewed by a panel of distinguished arts professionals and faculty members from Southern California universities. Interviews include a live presentation by the students followed by a Q&A session.

A finalist in each specialty will be named as well as an artist of the year in each of the seven disciplines – theatre, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, cinema, visual arts crafts and computer-aided visual arts.

The artists of the year will be announced on May 1.

This program is generously sponsored by Chapman University College of Performing Arts. Additional support is provided by Laguna College of Art + Design and Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Artist of the Year program, contact Heide Janssen at [email protected]

Diego Dilao, Junior, Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Speciality: World/Cultural and Commercial Music

“As a performer, I don’t really have a lot of experience composing my own music, but playing the tracks and interpreting and manipulating the phrases to draw out my own meaning or emotion is one of the strongest feelings. most satisfying in the world to me.. Of course, that doesn’t mean I haven’t composed at all. I admit that doing something you can truly call your own is just as well.

Jack Griffin, Senior, Valencia High School

Speciality: Winds and percussion

“Instrumental music has had a huge impact on my life inside and outside of instrumental music. My role in instrumental music has inspired me to pursue other artistic endeavors such as music production, both in the studio and in the studio.Thanks to this, I have been able to create my own music and work with live bands on stage where I produce the audio that comes out of the speakers.

Jonathan Kang, Undergraduate, Northwood High School

Speciality: Winds and percussion

“As a musician, I have always wondered how to make the world a better place. Often musicians can be too focused on winning competitions or passing auditions, but helping others and improving our world is ultimately much more important to me than winning competitions. I want to concretely improve the world by helping others. So, I looked for ways to combine my passion for music with my drive to improve our world, and it came in the form of performance volunteering.

Aaron Kim, Senior, Valencia High School

Speciality: Piano and strings

“Music is such an important part of my life that I can’t imagine what my life would be like without it. I use music to help me paint my own masterpiece. Not only am I talking about creating new interpretation of music, but the fact that I can share my perspectives and my creation with others brings me so much joy. Everyone is unique in their own way and everyone has a different perspective or emotional attachment to music. art he creates.

Esther Kim, Senior, Woodbridge High School

Speciality: Winds and percussion

“It is still very difficult to know what I will do in the future. However, I know that I want to become a person who gives people a positive influence through my music. Especially for people going through tough times. When I think of how I was more influenced by the idea of ​​the music, I think of when I heard Ballad No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47 played by Seong Jin Cho. It was a time when I was going through difficult times with my personal life. However, when I heard this, I felt a sudden peace and calm in my heart.

Angela Lee, senior, Pacific Academy

Speciality: Piano and strings

“My most important goal is to be a musician with impact. As an advocate for the arts, I hope to use classical piano as a force for positive change by creating an increasingly interconnected community in which I can give back to my audience and my audience motivates me to pursue new experiences for my performances.

Irene Lee, senior, Northwood High School

Speciality: Piano and strings

“Before I was a musician, I was a writer. And thanks to a fortuitous mix of caffeine and compartmentalization, I’m often sitting at my desk long after midnight, writing haphazard dialogue and plotting plots in my scores. There has a universal cliché that music is a language. I understand why it’s so overused, because it’s true.

Xingyao Li, senior, Orange County School of the Arts

Speciality: Piano and strings

“Music has even taught me how to navigate new territories and given me the opportunity to forge my own creative path despite the unconventional nature of pursuing a musical career in my Chinese culture and the technical challenges I have been faced with. confronted with. Beyond a passion, music will allow me to use my own interpretations and my own style to touch others emotionally, which no other career path could offer.

Chloe Lim, Senior, Portola High School

Speciality: Piano and strings

“As I learned to play the cello, I found myself (humming classical music). As I read Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1, I could feel my cello score becoming written history – the low, steady melody forming a march in my mind, the dissenting chords raising the cry of impending war. Then with my cello, I told the story once more. Learning to speak the language of music and developing my own tongue twist has shaped much of my identity and who I am today.

Ingrid Luo, Junior, Sage Hill School

Speciality: Piano and strings

“I was lucky to be born into a family filled with music. Ever since I was born, I’ve woken up or fallen asleep to classical music, whether I was dreaming in a crib or yawning in a wobbly car seat. This deep-rooted love for music has given me unlimited freedom for self-expression, storytelling, and the pursuit of musicality. The music constantly encourages me to challenge my technical abilities and demonstrate my personality when choosing and exercising a myriad of diverse musical details that could drastically alter the course of the piece.

Max Nguyen, Senior, Los Alamitos High School

Speciality: Jazz

“Drums are a living thing. As I matured in life and developed more on the drums, I realized that music and my daily life had a massive crossover. First I want to establish this idea: I put my heart and soul into what I do with the drums; I made so many discoveries about music itself and about life that I would never have thought of.

Jose Robles, junior, Westminster High School

Speciality: Jazz

“I really enjoy playing music with other people and groups. If I leave an impact on this world, I want to help bring jazz into mainstream music and positively motivate the next generation of musicians with my playing. and my writing. Even if I’m not the best player or writer, if I’m able to inspire at least one future musician, or get a few more people to appreciate jazz music, I’ve done my job .

Miguel Angel Tiscareno, Junior, Capistrano Valley High School

Speciality: World/Cultural and Commercial Music

“My art form has no sheet music available. I tried to search online. The only form of Mexican music I’ve found that has sheet music is mariachi. So if I can arrange the music, write the parts and pass it on, then it won’t get lost. So I would like to become a music teacher, maybe an orchestral music teacher. I take inspiration from Mr. Waldukat who not only teaches us regular orchestral music, but if there is a spark of cultural music ideas, somewhere in the students and can arrange a piece, he embraces it . This is the experience I had with him and I want to give, one day in the future, the same to other students.

Yian Wang, Senior, Northwood High School

Speciality: Jazz

“For most of my life, I’ve missed a fundamental part of being an artist. I started playing classical guitar before I was five. For a long time, that was a drag. J I was detached and lacked the knowledge to appreciate the masterful works I was playing, seeing them as obstacles on TV. That same feeling came back when I started playing jazz, just with a swing beat. It’s not only by exploring the improvisational aspect of jazz that I really discovered what it meant to be an artist.

Sein Yun, senior, Orange County School of the Arts

Speciality: Piano and strings

“During (my first in-person rehearsal with the National Youth Orchestra), a wave of emotion hit me. Playing alongside musicians from different backgrounds, I felt the shock and the combination of different artistic interpretations blend into one. The synergy was undeniable as each musician honed the skills of the other. I observed a richness in the songs we played. For the first time, I saw how music could overcome the barriers that society presents to us. Musicians’ perspectives on music are influenced by their personal struggles and successes. Playing side-by-side with musicians from across the country, I have tasted the beauty that is America: the diversity.

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