2012 - 2013 Youth Soloist Competition Winners

First Place Winner
Amanda Kam - Flute

Flautist Amanda Kam, a 16-year old honors student in the 11th grade at Millburn High School began studying the flute when she was ten. By the time she was twelve, she was the featured soloist with the NJ Youth Symphony’s Sinfonia Orchestra and Flute Choir.

Currently, she is a scholarship student in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where she plays first flute in the highest-level Philharmonic Orchestra. This year, she won 1st place in the prestigious West Point Military Band Young Artist Soloist Concerto Competition, playing solo with the Band in the U.S. Military Academy’s Eisenhower Hall. She also won 2nd place in the New York Flute Club Young Musicians Contest in the senior category. She is a grand prizewinner in the National League of Performing Arts Young Musicians Showcase Competition; as a winner, she will play in the world-renown Carnegie Hall. Moreover, she was awarded Honorable Mention, a scholarship, and an opportunity to play solo with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey in the Pearl and Julius Young Music Competition. Additionally, she was accepted for the third consecutive year, into the NJ High School All-Region Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble groups. She was also chosen for the NJ All-State Symphonic Band for the second year in a row, playing in NJPAC in Newark. In 2012, she was the principal flute player in the NJ All-Region Wind Ensemble and in 2011, she ranked first chair in the Junior Region I Band and Orchestra. She earned Honorable Mention and the Maestro’s Outstanding Performance Award in the NY Chambers Orchestra Young Artist Competition in 2012. Last year, she was selected as one of fifteen to attend the International Flute Institute of the New York Summer Music Festival with a scholarship. She wants to thank her teacher Zara Lawler, her band directors, and orchestra conductors for their inspirational guidance, as well as her parents for their love and dedication.

Amanda Kam
Second Place Winner
Kristin Quill - Clarinet

Kristin Quill is a senior at Nanuet High School, where she is a member of the Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band and Spring Musical Pit Orchestra. She has been playing the clarinet since the age of eight. Kristin was a member of the 2012 New York All-State Symphonic Band, in which she played first clarinet at the Eastman Theatre under the baton of Anthony Maiello. She also performed as principal clarinet in the 2012 Area All-State Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in Area All-State Symphonic Bands and All-County Bands throughout the years. In addition to her musical achievements, Kristin is the 2012 Rockland County Girls Tennis Player of the Year. She will be attending Cornell University this fall.

Kristein Quill
Third Place Winner
Stephanie Pizza - Flute

Flutist Stephanie Pizza, fifteen, attends Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ where she is a freshman. Stephanie studies flute at Mannes College Preparatory Division with Sue Ann Kahn. She has also been under the tutelage of Wendy Stern for the past five years. Her accomplishments include: her Carnegie Hall debut in October 2011 as first prize winner in the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition, the Grand Prize winner of the Wagner College Young Musician’s Competition (2011), and winner of the NY Flute Club Young Musician’s Contest (2010). Stephanie was also a national finalist in the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Young Musician’s Competition in March of 2012. She was just named first place winner of the New York Flute Club Young Musician’s Contest for 2013. She will perform at a winner’s recital in April at Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch College. Stephanie has performed in Bergen County and North Jersey Regional Honors Bands in seventh, eighth and ninth grades. She was principal flutist in the Northern New Jersey Symphonic Regional Honors Band this year. She is a member of the Ridgewood High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jeffery Haas; Pit Orchestra and Big Band Jazz Band, under the direction of Gary Fink, and Flute Ensemble, coached by Alison Crossley. Stephanie wants to thank all of her teachers and family for their guidance, love, and support.

Stephanie Pizza