Winners - 2017-2018 Competiton

For more information on the final performance by the winners please click here

Our special thanks to this year's judges: Barbara Breeden, Sharon Davis and Ruby Pleasure.


Lauren Chambers, Flute

Patricia Kirkbride Award                                          First Prize - $1,000

Lauren has participated in the El Camino Youth Symphony for 2 years and the California Youth Symphony for one year.

Previous competitions have included

  • First Place in the Palo Alto VOCE competition for senior winds
  • First Place in the same competition for Senior Ensembles for 3 years.
  • Second Place in 2016 in the State VOCE competition for senior ensembles
  • Third Place in 2015 in the State VOCE competition for senior ensembles 

Lauren's teacher is Tomiko Tsai.


Stephanie Chee, Voice

President's Award in honor of Ruby Pleasure      First Prize - $1,000

Stephanie has been studying music for 5 years. She studied for 2 summers at the Tanglewood Institute in Boston and at the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York in 2017.

She has won several awards including:

  • First place in the American Protégé Vocal competition in 2015
  • Second place in 2017 in the National Teachers of Music competition for the Bay area this year
  • Third place in 2017 in the Schmidt Youth Vocal competition

She has performed many opera scenes as well as performing in Into the Woods and Guys and Dolls.

Stephanie's teacher is Amy Heumann.



Emily Finke, voice

Adele Adler Award                                Second Prize - $800

Emily has had long experience with choral groups performing in 2 Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley groups: Aria and Vocalise. In July 2017 Emily performed at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain. Emily won 1st prize in the Great Composers Competition, Music of the 20th Century. She has performed in the Menlo School productions of Avenue Q and Fiddler on the Roof.

Emily's teacher is Annelle Delfs.



Annie Ping, flute

Leon Winters Award                            Second Prize $800

In the summer of 2017 Annie earned 3rd place in the United States International Music Competition at Stanford, which is sponsored by the Chinese Music Teachers Association of Northern California

She has also won Command Performance awards for California Music Teacher’s Association and the Association of Christian Schools competitions.

Annie's teacher is Troy Gunter.