NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ  – A group of 23 young people auditioned for the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) Young Artist Concerto Competition in May.

This year boasted the largest number of teens to audition. The first-place winner, 14-year-old violinist Alyssa Kim of River Edge, will play in NJIO’s winter concert and the second-place winner, seventh-grade cellist Heechan Ku from Tenafly, will play with the orchestra in the fall concert.  

Honorable mentions went to Evangelia Diplas, Marie Louise James, Christian Maloney, Coco Mi, Dallas Noble, Eunice Park, Daniel Seog and Carolyn Wong. 

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The competition is open to all New Jersey students in grades 6-11 that play a string, woodwind or brass instrument.  Next year, the concerto competition will be in its ninth year and auditions will be held on May 26, 2016.  Previous winners have ranged in age from 11 to 18 and have represented towns from all over New Jersey. They have included several Juilliard pre-college and Mannes pre-college students and many have gone on to study at the leading conservatories and win major competitions.  

In addition to performing as a soloist accompanied by NJIO at one of its concerts, the first place winner receives $500 from Robert Ames Fine Violins and Bows and a $200 gift certificate from K & S Music, and the second place winner receives $300 from Main Violin as well as a $100 gift certificate from K & S Music. K & S also provides an award of $300 to fund the judges and audition process. 

NJIO runs programming year round for musicians of all ages and abilities. This summer, NJIO programs include a chamber workshop that begins July 9 and a summer string studio in August.  For more information, visit http://njio.org or contact Mary Beth Sweet at info@njio.org or (908) 603-7691.

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, now in its 21st season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance and as a model for intergenerational orchestras across the country. Not only do the intergenerational members play together, but they also mentor each other. In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.