Semi-finalists for instrumental music – Orange County Register

From a list of 81 nominees, the following 15 students were named semi-finalists for 2018 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 appointed in the specialties piano and strings, winds and percussion, jazz music, commercial music and world/cultural music.

  • Andrew Pham of the Orange County School of the Arts is an instrumental music semifinalist in the commercial music major. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • SeEun Hyung of Arnold O. Beckman High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the piano and strings major. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Mitchell Garmany of Tesoro High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the wind and percussion specialty. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Luis Jimenez of Santa Ana High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the world/cultural music specialty. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Julia Yuan of Irvine High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the piano and strings specialty. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Jason Ezquerro of Tesoro High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the jazz specialty. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • James Day of Los Alamitos High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the jazz specialty. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Erandi Sanchez of John F. Kennedy High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the world music/cultural major. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Daniel Paik of Northwood High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the piano and strings specialty. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Remy Gilboe of Huntington Beach High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the wind and percussion specialty. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Allen Pacheco of Santa Ana High School is an instrumental music semi-finalist in the commercial music major. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Umi Garrett of Pacific Academy is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the piano and strings specialty. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Alison Huh of Northwood High School is an instrumental music semi-finalist in the winds and percussion major. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Mary La Blanc of the Orange County School of the Arts is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the specialty of winds and percussion. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Danielle Liu of Crean Lutheran High School is a semi-finalist in instrumental music in the piano and strings specialty. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry/SCNG)

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

A finalist in each specialty will be nominated and from these finalists, an Artist of the Year in each of the seven disciplines – theatre, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, cinema, 2D visual arts and 3D visual arts – will be chosen.

The artists of the year 2018 will be announced on April 22.

The Artist of the Year program is presented in partnership with the Register, Orange County Music and Dance and the Orange County Department of Education.

Support from partners as well as the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Angels Baseball Foundation and Allied Medical will help provide cash scholarships to students and their schools’ arts programs. If you would like to support the Artist of the Year program, contact Heide Janssen at heide@ocmusicdance.org

James Day, Senior, Los Alamitos High School

Speciality: jazz music

Instrument: alto saxophone

“As a musician, not only is it essential for me to play music at the highest level, but it is also necessary to treat those around me with respect.”

Jason Ezquerro, Senior, Tesoro High School

Speciality: jazz music

Instrument: double bass, percussion

“My intention is to be a very dynamic musician and to gain as much skill and confidence in as many genres of music as possible. Investing extra hours in high school leadership roles now, I’m excited to push myself even harder throughout college to eventually become a high school music director.

Umi Garrett, senior, Pacific Academy

Speciality: piano and strings

Instruments: piano

“As a pianist, one of my goals is to perform professionally around the world as a soloist and with orchestras. However, my ultimate goal through my musical career is humanitarianism. When a tsunami hit the coast of Japan in 2011, I immediately felt the impact as a member of the Japanese community. Wanting to help, in 2013 and 2015, I played in four elementary schools in the affected area for children who had lived the drama.

Mitchell Garmany, Senior, Tesoro High School

Speciality: winds and percussion

Instrument: French horn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2wdvFbs3NI

“I hope to use my participation in ensembles, orchestras and as a soloist to provide an artistic experience for others – for others to observe my own interpretation of various works.”

Remy Gilboe, senior, Huntington Beach High School

Speciality: winds and percussion

Instrument: trumpet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS27ny8mQbk

“As an artist and a musician, I really want to make good music popular again. In my opinion, there is such a lack of appreciation for classical and jazz music in modern society, and I want to create art entertaining, but also honest.

Alison Huh, senior, Northwood High School

Speciality: winds and percussion

Instrument: flute

“I feel like musicians often get caught up in trying to be the most virtuosic, whether it’s playing ridiculously fast passages, extended technique, or complicated pieces. Rather, I hope to show my love for musical simplicity.

SeEun Hyung, Senior, Arnold O. Beckman High School

Speciality: piano and strings

Instrument: cello

“Music…taught me to allow vulnerability and honesty in front of others. On stage, I not only learned to expose the personal aspects of my nature, but I also discovered the joy of this unmasking.

Luis Jimenez, senior, Santa Ana High School

Speciality: world/cultural music

Instrument: violin, guitar

“Through helping in my church, I not only became an inspiration to the youth in my church to get involved, but I learned the value of giving back to the community. When I teach someone to playing the guitar or reading music, I don’t expect anything in return because I feel that’s why God gave me this gift, which is to teach others”

Mary La Blanc, Senior, Orange County School of the Arts

Speciality: winds and percussion

Instrument: percussion

“My leadership position (as a music teacher) has not only helped me inspire future musicians, but has also provided me with new opportunities to learn about myself as a musician. Teaching and interacting with young musicians gives a fascinating insight into his own ability to play and understand the material.

Danielle Liu, Senior, Crean Lutheran High School

Speciality: piano and strings

Instruments: violin

“Touching lives through my music is a wonderful gift, but sharing that gift with musicians younger than me is even more special, and I hope to continue to do so for years to come.”

Allen Pacheco, senior, Santa Ana High School

Speciality: commercial music

instrument: guitar

“Being in a rock band in middle school, I learned to play music with bands like The Cure, The Killers and Guns N’ Roses. Thinking the music couldn’t get any better, I went into high school from Santa Ana, my mind blown, I had discovered a new genre of music known as jazz.

Daniel Paik, senior, Northwood High School

Speciality: piano and strings

Instrument: cello

“Through a study of music, both cello performance and ethnomusicology, I seek to better understand the complexities of non-linguistic and cross-cultural modes of communication and, in doing so, to become more humanistic in my acting and my understanding of music as a whole.”

Andrew Pham, Senior, Orange County School of the Arts

Speciality: commercial music

Instrument: guitar, bass guitar

“Before music, I had no passions or aspirations, but music revealed to me that I had a purpose. Music allowed me to share part of my identity with the world. As music was made to be publicly appreciated by many others, I learned to accept mistakes when things didn’t go as planned and to shed light on any situation I found myself in.

Erandi Sanchez, senior, John F. Kennedy High School

Speciality: world/cultural music

Instrument: harp, saxophone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ9WgmixVoc

“Spreading Mexican culture along with its music is something I plan to do across the United States in the future. I want to make an impact on the world in which I make many young people realize that being a versatile musician in aspects of genre and instruments is an extremely rewarding experience.

Julia Yuan, senior, Irvine High School

Speciality: piano and strings

Instruments: violin

“The orchestral experience – not to mention having a musical education – reaps several benefits: personal growth, creative expression, and lifelong friendships built through the experience. As a volunteer in the Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Community Service Program , I am challenged to take my personal passion for music and share it with the community through educational workshops where I teach and share my love for music to children in Orange County.

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