Former YAC Winners

Where are they now? 

Former First Prize Winners

James and Katherine Andrews Young Artists Competition


2021 Alex Wu, piano, performed the First Movement, Allegro, of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb Major, Op. 73 "Emperor." A junior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Alex also plays cello in the Symphoria Young Artist Orchestra and his school string orchestra. He studies privately with John Spradling, Syracuse.

2020  Joyce Cheng, cello, performed the 4th Movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor. A senior at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY, Joyce began playing cello at age 9.  She joined the Empire State Youth Orchestra in 2015 and has been its principal cellist since 2018.  

2019  Carole Wilay, violin, performed the First Movement from Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor. She is attending Cornell University, studying environmental engineering. She’ll continue to play music in their orchestra.

2018  Silas Smith, harp, performed Introduction and Allegro by Maurice Ravel. Silas is studying mathematical economics at Clarkson University, where is also taking introduction to computer science courses. He is also involved in musical theater and Atonement Theology.

2017  Hannah Sohn, cello, performed the Third Movement of Saint Saëns’ Concerto No. 1 in A Minor. Hannah graduated from Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park and is working on a future in cello performance.

2016  Kathryn Kovarik, violin, performed the Third Movement of Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor. Kathryn is currently attending Brown University where she is majoring in English.  Katie takes private violin lessons at Brown and plays in local ensembles when she is home in Syracuse.

2015 Christopher Spinelli, piano, performed the First Movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K 414.  Chris currently attends SUNY Oswego where he is studying with Professor Robert Auler and has a busy schedule performing and recording.

2014 Sabrina Johnson, trumpet, performed Concerto in E Flat, First Movement, by Neruda. Sabrina attended SUNY Potsdam where she was in the trumpet studio of Dr. James Madeja and the Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet. She also attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore for graduate studies.

2013 Noah Landers, piano, performed Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, first movement, by Saint Saëns. A student of Professor Robert Auler of SUNY Oswego, Noah is looking to a future in piano performance.

2012 Lillia Woolschlager, oboe, performed the First Movement of Haydn’s Concerto in C Major. As an undergraduate in oboe performance, Lillia studied oboe under Dr. Anna Hendrickson, Professor, Crane School of Music. She is currently attending De Paul University for her Masters in Performance, studying with Professor Alex Kline.

2011 Lillia Woolschlager, piano, performed the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto in A Major. As an undergraduate, Lillia studied piano with Dr. Francois Germain, Professor, Crane School of Music.

2010  Nicole Moody Canull, cello, performed Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, first movement, by Saint Saëns. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Drake University. She has performed in Italy, states throughout the Midwest and New York. She is a recipient of a German cello from the Carlsen Cello Foundation. Nicole currently lives in New York where she performs and maintains a private cello studio.

2009  Andrew Horwitz, saxophone, performed Concerto in E Flat Major, first movement, by Glazunov. Andrew graduated from Ithaca College where he studied music and computer science. Upon graduation, he continued his studies at McGill University in Montreal. Andrew currently works for RILM in New York City where he combines his love of classical music and computer science.

2008  Benjamin Hull, violin, performed the first movement of  Bruch’s Concerto No. 1. Ben graduated from St. Lawrence University and then received an MBA from RIT. He is the former Director of Oncology at Canton Potsdam Hospital. Ben is married and living in Madrid where he bought the oldest house in town and is renovating it with his father. 

2007  Nicholas Hartman, French horn, performed the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 3. Nicholas attended the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied horn performance with Professor William VerMeulen. After graduation, he won the position of 4th horn in the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa. He is now 4th horn in the Toronto Symphony.