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Mount Orchestra Concerto Competition


We are pleased to announce the following winners of our fourth annual 2014 Mount St.  Mary’s Concerto Competition for High School Students:


Grand Prize Winner $500

Elizabeth Sun, Sophomore - Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 3 Op. 37, mvt 1


The adjudicators were impressed by the high quality of performances among students in this category and selected the following three winners:

Adrian Liao, Junior - Torrey Pines High School

Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 24, C minor K. 491, mvt 1


Jamie Kim, freshman - Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

Mozart, Concerto in G Major for Flute, K. 313  mvt 1


Kristi Kim, Sophomore - West High School

Haydn, Cello Concerto in C Major, mvt 1


Congratulations to our winners and to all of the talented, dedicated students who participated in this year’s competition.

The winners will perform as soloists with the Mount Orchestra at our fall concert on October 25 at 3pm in Mary Chapel.
Tickets are sold at the door - $5 students/faculty/staff/seniors, $10 general


Elizabeth Sun began playing the piano at the age of 5 and is currently a student of Bernadene Blaha. She has participated in numerous competitions, winning prizes in several of them, including CAPMT Sonata and Romantic Festivals, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, MTAC Scholarship Auditions, the Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition, the Glendale Piano Competition, and more. She has been a finalist of the MTAC State Concerto Competition and also the CAPMT Concerto Competition. Elizabeth has also performed several chamber pieces with her sister, violinist Irene Sun. Elizabeth is currently a sophomore at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Besides piano, she enjoys volunteering at the hospital and also going to the beach with friends.


16-year-old Adrian Liao made her concerto debut with the USD Symphony at age 11 and has soloed with the San Diego Symphony, Mount Orchestra, South Coast Symphony and the Seraphim Symphony. Adrian was the Grand Prize winner of the 2014 Glendale Piano Competition, winner of the 2013 H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition and first alternate at the 2014 MTAC State Solo Competition. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and in other benefit concerts and recitals. Adrian was first exposed to piano music when she heard her brother practicing at a young age. She begged her mother to let her learn and began her musical career when she was six. She currently studies under the tutelage of Yi Dong at the Opus119 Conservatory in Irvine. She also plays the violin and has participated in her school’s advanced orchestra along with other chamber ensembles. In her free time, Adrian also enjoys photography, baking and writing stories.


Jamie Kim, 14, is a freshman at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and has been studying the flute with Verna Balch for five years. In 2012 and 2013, she placed first in the South Bay Branch MTAC VOCE competition and second place at the California VOCE state finals, and placed first in the branch level and first alternate at State this year. In 2012, she received the MTAC scholarship. In 2013, she was one of the winners of the Beach Cities Symphony's middle school scholarship and this past January, Jamie won the MTAC Artist of the Future competition and had the opportunity to solo with Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra. She also performed with the Southwestern Youth Music Festival Orchestra as a result of winning first prize in the Young Winds Category. She has also won numerous first place awards in the open categories at SYMF. Jamie is a member of a flute, cello, and piano trio that placed first at Branch and second place at State VOCE in 2013, first place at Branch and State this year, and received an invitation to perform at the MTAC State L.A. Convention. The trio was awarded first place in both the Junior and Senior open ensemble categories at SYMF. In addition, Jamie plays violin in the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra and is the concertmistress of her school’s chamber orchestra. In her free time, she enjoys reading and baking cookies.


Fourteen-year-old Kristi Kim began her cello studies six years ago with Dorothy Muggeridge. She is currently under the tutelage of Ronald Leonard. Most recently, Kristi won first place at the ASTA LA-Finals, advancing to state finals.  She has received numerous awards including first place at the LA Cello Society Scholarship Competition, first place in the Young Cellists category of SYMF, the Beach Cities Symphony's middle school scholarship, MTAC Cello Award, a Young Musicians Foundation scholarship, and first place at the Southern California Junior Bach Festival Complete Works Audition. Kristi has performed as a soloist with the Beach Cities Symphony, Brentwood Symphony, Montecito Music Festival Orchestra, SYMF Festival Orchestra, and with the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. Kristi has performed in master classes for Lynn Harrell and John Walz. Her coaches include Kyung Eun Choi and Christopher Ahn. As a chamber musician, Kristi plays in a flute trio coached by Verna Balch and Dorothy Muggeridge, which recently won the MTAC VOCE State Finals. Kristi is a sophomore at West High School in Torrance and is a member of the PVRSO.