Bloomsburg University Recognizes Region’s Finest Young Classical Artists

For Immediate Release

Date: Aug. 2, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations

Bloomsburg University Recognizes Region’s Finest Young Classical Artists

BLOOMSBURG—Seven talented high-school students and eight additional middle-school students were recently named winners in Bloomsburg University’s 2019 Young Classical Artists’ competition. The high school winners will be broadcast to the region on WVIA-FM on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. 

That broadcast will combine live performances recorded on May 5 at the WVIA studios with interviews recorded with the program host, Larry Vojtko, the station manager for WVIA-FM. Both the high-school and middle-school winners were presented to the public in recital at Bloomsburg University’s Carver Hall on May 4, accompanied by Bloomsburg University’s staff accompanist, Ron Stabinsky.

Senior division winners include clarinetist Timothy Kim of Lafayette Hill, performing portions of Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto; pianist Yuki Yoshida of State College, performing Chopin’s Nocturne in C Minor; flutist Hanako Ferro of Berwick. Performing Chaminade’s Concertino; vocalist Laura Stanell of Harleysville, performing songs of Rossini and Debussy; clarinetist Jessica Polocheck of Exeter, performing portion of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A, trombonist Collin Porter of Williamsport, performing Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique, and saxophonist Ellie Vito of Dupont, performing works by Debussy and Moszkowski.

Junior division winners include violinist Ryan Cheng of Bethlehem, performing portions of Mozart’s Violin Concerto in D Major;  pianist Byron Dissinger V of Shavertown, performing portions of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Chopin’s Prelude in A-Flat Major; pianist Sean Oh of Bloomsburg, performing Kuhlau’s Sonantina in C Major; pianist Aurora Lefever of Moscow, performing Liszt’s Liebestraume No. 3; vocalist Alenah Thomas of Moscow, singing songs of MacDowell and Kingsley; violinist Gale Szczepkowski of Elysburg, performing Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices; violinist Adah Kaplan of Dresher, performing portions of Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto; and violinist Yan Yu of Coopersburg, performing Smetana’s Aus der Heimat.

Adjudicators for this year’s competition were Department of Music, Theatre and Dance faculty,

Alan Baker, Matthew Leece, and David Tedford. 

The Bloomsburg University Young Classical Artists’ Competition is sponsored annually by the university’s student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) to recognize the region’s finest high school musicians and their teachers. For additional information on the upcoming 2020 competition, please contact Alan Baker, professor of music, at 570-389-4288 or To learn more about the Competition and view streaming video of former winners’ recitals, please visit

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.