Congratulations to DCMS 2016-17 Young Artist and Students Scholarship Winner

The Dallas Chamber Music Society awards scholarships to some of the most talented and dedicated music students and supports the next generation of leading musicians in North Texas.

Samantha Choo,17, began studying violin at the age of 7. She currently studies under Professor Philip Lewis. Choo has had the honor to perform at the 2014 Basically Beethoven Festival’s Rising Star Recital. She also had the privilege of playing at Chamber Music International’s pre-concert. Samantha has soloed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as their concerto competition winner.

Choo has won top prizes in the Schmidbauer, Juanita Miller, Chamber Music International, Collin County Young Artists, Vernell Gregg Young Artists, and Dallas Symphonic Festival concerto competitions. Her summer activities include attendance of IU Jacobs School of Music’s Summer String Academy and UTA’s Texas Chamber Music Institute where she received merit scholarships. She has also joined the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra International Youth Orchestra Camp, and UNT’s Summer String Institute. Samantha has performed for Cho-Liang Lin, Nai-Yuan Hu, Alexander Kerr, Emanuel Borok, David Chan, Gary Levinson, and Mimi Zweig.

Samantha is the 2015 recipient of the Sheila and Werner Harms Young Artist Scholarship, the 2016 recipient of the Giangiulio Scholarship, and the 2016 Texas Commission on the Arts’Young Artists Scholarship.

Choo is the concertmaster of GDYO and has been in the program for 9 years. She also had the honor of playing side-by-side with the DSO on NPR’s from the Top as well as being a member of the All State Symphony Orchestra.

Samantha’s artwork has won top awards in the Congressional Arts and Texas VASE competitions. She is heavily involved in school clubs and church activities and has held many leadership positions such as president of her school’s National Junior Art Honors Society, Vacation Bible School coordinator, and orchestra officer.

Congratulations to DCMS 2014-15 Young Artist and Students Scholarship Winner

The Dallas Chamber Music Society awards scholarships to some of the most talented and dedicated music students and supports the next generation of leading musicians in North Texas.

Josue Negrete is a senior studying violin at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. He began his violin study at the age of 10. Josue has been performing with the Dallas Symphony Young Strings Program for 8 years and with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra for 7 years. He is a two-year Texas All-State member. He has attended Interlochen Arts Summer Camp for two years and was in the top orchestra both times. He will attend Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts this fall. Josue has performed at a masterclass for Alex Kerr, Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and currently studies under the DSO violinist Sho-Mei Pelletier.

Josue is a dedicated student with a strong work ethic and passion for music, and he is deeply grateful for the DCMS scholarship award.

Congratulations to the DCMS 2012-2013 Scholarship Winners

Isabella Markham is a 17 year old violist from Dallas, Texas. She began her musical studies at age 5 with Nicolette Solomon of The Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas. Isabella most recently received the Grand Prize in The Collin County Young Artist Competition and performed with the Plano Symphony Orchestra on March 23, 2013 at The Eisemann Center. As a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, she performed on the acclaimed radio program “From The Top” with host Christopher O’Riley. Isabella is a student of the prestigious Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, New York and winter residency in Sarasota Florida where she has studied since 2009. Isabella has been an active participant with the New Conservatory Orchestra of Dallas since age 9. She is passionate about sharing music and contributing positively to the lives of others. Future plans include studying Viola Performance and pursuing a career in music.

Annie Lehman started harp at age 5 with great support and encouragement from her musical family, applying her piano and, later, composition background. She auditioned for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra when she was in the 7th grade and became a member of the Philharmonic. Over the years, Annie often filled in as the harpist for the Wind Symphony and the Second Harpist for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. In 2012, Annie became the First Harpist in GDYO while continuing to fill in for the Philharmonic and the Dallas String Ensemble. Annie appeared as the harpist for the Allen Symphony Orchestra under the guest conductor Jim Frank at their July 4th Spectacular. She earned a spot in the High School All Region Symphony Orchestra in Region 25 in 8th grade and held the position through her senior year. In 2012, Annie was accepted into the All-State Symphony Orchestra as Harp I. Throughout her high school years, Annie received Best Overall Musician in 2011, Outstanding Chamber Orchestra Member in 2012, the American Classic Outstanding Soloist in 2011 and 2013, as well as earning the Peak Music Festival Superior Musicianship Award in 2012. She has been given the Exemplary rating in Solo and Ensemble for six years. Annie was the guest performer in the American Youth Harp Ensemble Austria Tour in the winter of 2010. She also sang First Soprano in the choir that joined the harp ensemble on their tour. Her greatest inspiration to follow her passion in music has been the side-by-side Dallas Symphony Orchestra/GDYO performance where she was interviewed by the radio program “From the Top.” In her free time, Annie enjoys competing with her Jack Russell Terrier in dog agility, where she is a record holder for being the youngest competitor to achieve the Agility Dog Champion title. She is an active member of her church, the National Honor Society, an AP student, and enjoys performing for the community. Annie will pursue a double major in Harp Performance and Communications Disorders at the University of Houston this fall.

Congratulations to the DCM 2011-2012 Scholarship Winners

Amy ChyaoAmy Chyao: Cellist, speller, scientist, attorney, leader, teacher, learner…these words all describe Amy Chyao. She has been a part of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras program since 2006 and is now co-principal cellist of the GDYO. A two-time All State Symphony Orchestra cellist and All Region Symphony Orchestra principal cellist, Amy is principal cellist of her school’s chamber orchestra. She has played the piano for seven years and enjoys jazz and music theory. Ranked first in her senior class at Plano East, Amy is an Intel Science Talent Search Finalist, Intel ISEF Gordon Moore Award winner, National Merit Finalist, Research Science Institute scholar, National Spelling Bee Finalist, and co-author of two research publications. Amy has served as a senior class officer, Plano Youth Leadership student advisor, and the president of LASER, Spanish Club, and Math Club. She plans to study biology at Harvard in the fall.

Jonathan GentryJonathan Gentry: At age 17, Jonathan won the Grand Prize in both the 2012 Collin County Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Plano Symphony Guild and the statewide 2012 Juanita Miller Concerto Competition sponsored by TASO (Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras). Jonathan began playing when he fell in love with the sound of the oboe in sixth grade. He has studied for the last three years with Erin Hannigan, the principal oboe of the Dallas Symphony. Jonathan participated in Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute during the summer of 2011, He enjoys skiing, basketball, running, National Outdoor Leadership School, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra concerts. He is a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, National Honor Society, Frisco’s Heritage High School Wind Ensemble, and Mixed Choir. Jonathan plans to major in music performance and pursue a career in orchestral performance.

JiYoung MinJiYoung Min: Born in Seoul, Korea, 18-year old JiYoung Min is a senior at Plano Senior High School. She began lessons at the age of 10 in Vancouver, Canada. A year later JiYoung and her family moved to Plano, Texas, where she continued learning from Chloe Trevor, silver medalist of the 2008 Ima Hogg Competition. She has since continued her studies with Arkady Fomin, Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist and artistic director of New Conservatory of Dallas. Currently, JiYoung is the concertmistress of NCD, and has attended the Conservatory Music in the Mountains Festival during the summer, where she has performed solos and participated in master classes with notable violinists, including Philippe Quint, Grigory Kalinovsky, and Dmitri Berlinsky. In 2010, JiYoung made her debut with the SMU Meadows Symphony Orchestra as a result of taking the Grand Prize at the Dallas Symphonic Festival.