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2022/23 JSO*YAC

2022/23 JSO*YAC

**Updated January 2022**                                             


The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition (JSO*YAC) returned for its 63nd year. Each season, JSO*YAC attracts rising musicians to Colorado for a live-audition competition and performance opportunities. This year, the contest welcomes pianists, ages 23 and younger, from national and international music institutions. The JSO*YAC live-finals takes place at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo. on January  2023. The top finalist of JSO*YAC performs their winning repertoire with Jefferson Symphony Orchestra in April 2023 in Golden, Colo. and receives $5000 in cash prizes. 

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JSO*YAC - First Place

Ji Eun Park, 22, attended Yewon Music School in Seoul, South Korea. Recently, she finished her Bachelor and Master's studies from the Julliard school in an accelerated program. She is currently pursuing her Artists Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London.


She will performed her winning repertoire, William Walton's Viola Concerto, with Jefferson Symphony and guest conductor Arturo Gonzalez at our annual Young Artists concert — March 27, 2022 at the Green Center in Golden. 

Second Place

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Roni Shitrit, 22, was born in Israel where she began her violin studies at the Ramla Conservatory. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Roni was the first prize winner in the 2021 MTNA Young Artists Competition, and prize winner in the 2021 Moscow International online competition. 

Third Place

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Ethan Blake, 21, is currently a senior at CU-Boulder. He received fellowships from Accademia Musicale Chigiana and the Aspen Music Festival & School. He recently won first prize at the T. Gordon Parks Competition of Arapahoe Phil, the Pikes Peak Concerto Competition, and the Undergraduate Honors at CU. 

Previous Winners of JSO*YAC

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Daniel Gostein

YAC 2020, marimba


Samuel Vargas

YAC 2019, violin


Kamalia Freyling

YAC 2017, clarinet


Alexander Hersh

YAC 2016, cello

Each year the instrumental focus changes: JSO*YAC '23 for pianists performing concerto repertoire or similar works; and JSO*YAC'24 for brass, woodwind and percussion. Jefferson Symphony invites you to contact for any further inquiries and we will continue to post updates on this page.


 JSO*YAC utilizes the network ACCEPTD for the competition process; interested artists should visit our profile on ACCEPTD in March for competition guidelines and application materials.

JSO*YAC Experiences


“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to come to Colorado and play for the judges, audience and my peers. It is sometimes very hard as a young musician to find rewarding venues to play for. Here, the music is obviously treasured by the listeners and participants alike. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I could not have hoped for a better weekend.”

– Finalist 

“The finalists are all winners! It was a very exciting event to judge. It was revitalizing to be able to listen to such high quality performances, which reflect the musicians' dedication to their art. It made me want to go home and practice!”

– Judge