Flutist Stephanie Pizza is a junior at Ridgewood High School. Stephanie studies
flute in the honors program at Mannes College Preparatory Division with Judith Mendenhall
where she performs with the Philharmonic Orchestra on both piccolo and flute. Stephanie
has won various awards and honors including: Gold Winner in the International Virtuoso
Competition (2014), winner of the New York Flute Club Young Musician’s Contest (2013,
2010), and first prize winner in the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition
(2011). As a first prize winner Stephanie performed in recital at CarnegieHall’s
Weill Recital Hall. Stephanie was a national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National
Association Young Musician’s Competition (2012). She also was the grand prize winner
of the Wagner College Young Musician's Competition (2011). Stephanie has been awarded
a seat in Bergen County and New Jersey Region I Honors Bands every year since seventh
grade. This year Stephanie was selected to perform in the New Jersey All State Symphonic
Band on both piccolo and flute.
Upon entering high school Stephanie was awarded a position in the Connor Donohue
Fellowship where she enjoys participating in many musical activities. Stephanie
is a member of the Ridgewood High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr.
Jeffrey Haas and flute ensemble coached by Alison Crossley. Stephanie was the flutist
in her high school productions of Aida, Footloose, The Wiz, and Shrek,conducted
by Mr. Gary Fink. Stephanie is also a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Stephanie
would like to thank her all of her teachers for their instruction and guidance,
and her family and friends for their never ending support.
Daniel Kim is a senior at Ridgewood High School. He has been a student of Mark Friedman
for the past three years and previously studied with Charles Pillow, the current
Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, for three
Daniel has been a member of his school's wind ensemble, saxophone ensemble,
saxophone quartet, percussion ensemble, brass ensemble, big band, Maroon and White
recital, and served as drum major for the marching band. Daniel has played the soprano,
alto, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophone at one point in these groups and has even
picked up the trumpet. Daniel has also been a member and has held principal chairs
on alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, or soprano saxophone in the All-State Wind Ensemble,
All-State Symphonic Band, All-State Jazz Ensemble, Region Wind Ensemble, Region
Symphonic Band, Region Jazz Ensemble, and the All-County Band. Additionally, Daniel
has been selected to perform as part of a saxophone duo with Shoko Nagami on the
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Young Musicians Concert at Alice
Tully Hall. During his high school career, Daniel has been able to work with musicians
Wayne Bergeron, Dave Stryker, Tom Malone, Don Braden, Michael Phillip Mossman, Tim
Hagans, Pete McGuinness, and Mark Levy.
Daniel would like to thank Mr. Pillow, Mr. Brown, Mr. Curcio, Mr. Luckenbill, Mr.
Haas, Mr. Fink, Mr. Friedman, all of his other teachers, his peers, his parents
and family for all their support and mentorship on his musical journey. Daniel Kim
will be attending Northwestern University where he will pursue a triple major, dual-degree
in Computer Science, Music Performance and Music Education.
Sarah Michelle Yae, a sophomore at NVOT Regional High School where she is a member
of the Wind Symphony and the Tri-M Honors Music Society, began her flute studies
at age 10. Sarah has won numerous competitions at all levels including Second Place
in the International Youth Accomplishment Studies Music Competition (2010), the
Grand Prize in the Koreana Chamber Orchestra Music Competition (2012), Gold Medalist
in the International Virtuoso Competition (2014), the Blue Ribbon in New York Flute
Club Competition (2015), and recently, Third Place in the Ridgewood Soloist Competition
(2015). In 2013, Sarah attended the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Summer
Camp where she served as the Principal Flute and performed in Greenfield Hall and
Borden Hall. She has also played in the National Opera Center America and Merkin
Hall as a soloist. Sarah was selected as a member of the 2014 New Jersey Region
I Band and the 2015 Bergen County Band. She currently is an active volunteer of
the New Jersey Symphony Ensemble, which performs at community events, including
monthly concerts at Norwood Rehabilitation Center. Sarah currently studies with
Sungwoo Steven Kim.