Midwest Conservatory of Music
The 8th Annual Concerto Competition
January 2022

Elementary Division Winner

Rie Tsutsumi, violin: Mendelssohn Concerto in e, 3rd mvt.

Junior Division Winner

William Maeda, piano: Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1, 1st mvt.

Senior Division Winners

Airi Ito, violin: Tchaikovsky Concerto in D, 1st mvt.
Sean Yoshihara, cello: Elgar Concerto in e, 1st and 2nd mvts.
Niko Otsuka, clarinet: Weber Concerto No. 1, 3rd mvt.

The above winners will be playing with the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra on March 13, 2022 at Elmhurst University’s Hammerschmidt Chapel.

 

Competitions

Midwest Conservatory of Music students are well prepared for music competitions. Students have attended:

  • Geneva Granquist Music Competition
  • DePaul Concerto Festival For Young Performers
  • Sejong Music Competition
  • Walgreens National Concerto Competition
  • ILMEA (All State & District), Honors Orchestra

ILMEA All-State Honors Orchestra 2022

Assistant Principal Cello: Sean Yoshihara, cello

ILMEA District 7 Senior Orchestra 2021

Concertmaster: Airi Ito, violin

ILMEA District 7 Junior Orchestra 2021

Concertmaster: William Maeda, violin

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO2), July 2021

Airi Ito, violin

Wisconsin Flute Festival Virtual Competition: Young Artist Division, May 2020

2nd Place: Hanna Oyasu, flute

Chicago Flute Club Competition 2019 / Junior Division

2nd Place: Hanna Oyasu, flute

American Protégé International Talent Competition 2019

1st Place with Judges’ Distinction Award: Airi Ito, violin
Airi Ito will be playing at Winners Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York in December 2019.

The Heifetz Program (HeifetzPEG) for the Exceptionally Gifted/ Summer 2019

Airi Ito, violin

DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers

Honorable Mention: Ariana O’Connell, violin
Honorable Mention: William Maeda, violin

Walgreens National Concerto Competition

Honorable Mention: Claire Metcalf, violin

All Illinois Junior Band 2018

1st chair: Hanna Oyasu, flute
8th chair: Jeewoo Kang, flute

American Protégé International Talent Competition 2018

1st Place: William Maeda, violin

ILMEA District 7 Senior Orchestra 2018

Concertmaster: Ariana O’Connell, violin
Assistant Concertmaster: Gina Kang, violin
Assistant Principal 2nd Violin: Claire Metcalf, violin
Principal Viola: Colin Kim, viola

ILMEA District 7 Junior Orchestra 2018

Concertmaster: Airi Ito, violin

All National Honor Symphony Orchestra 2018 in Florida

Winners: Matthew Nowlan (violin), Makiba Kurita (violin), Ariana O’Connell (violin), Tomoko Sakurayama (viola)

Society of American Musicians Competition 2018 / Junior Division

1st Place: Hanna Oyasu, flute

ILMEA All State Honors Orchestra 2018

Concertmaster: Ariana O’Connell, violin

Chicago Flute Club Competition 2017 / Junior Division

Honorable Mention: Hanna Oyasu, flute

All National Honor Symphony Orchestra 2017

Winner: Cissy Xiao, violin

ILMEA District 7 Senior Orchestra 2017

Concertmaster: Makiba Kurita, violin
Assistant Concertmaster: Ariana O’Connell, violin
Principal 2nd Violin: Sophia Kim, violin

DePaul Concerto Festival For Young Performers 2017

Honorable Mention: Claire Metcalf, violin

ILMEA District 7 Senior Orchestra 2016

Concertmaster: Connie Kuba, violin

ILMEA District 7 Junior Orchestra 2016

Concertmaster: Suminne Hong, violin

Chicago Flute Club Competition 2016

3rd Place: Hanna Oyasu, flute

Confucius Music Competition 2015

Honorable Mention: Lily Yoshihara, violin

All National Honor Symphony Orchestra 2015

Winners: Spencer Metcalf (violin), Connie Kuba (violin)