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Brown Bag concert features students

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Musicians are auditioning at the state conference of the PMTNM

By Special to the Monitor

The Brown Bag Concert on Wednesday will feature students who are auditioning at the state conference of the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico. The concert is scheduled for noon at Fuller Lodge.
 The students perform at a professional level for this competition and the program will be posted on Facebook under the LA Arts Council site. The following students will perform at the Brown Bag Concert:
David Li, 17, is a senior at Los Alamos High School. He won first place in the Deborah Beene Scholarship Competition in 2010.  Last year, he was named first alternate in the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Senior Competition. Next month he will be a soloist for the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses Hospice Memorial Service. Li studies with Lynn Lamb.
Jin Park, 17, is a junior at LAHS. Last year he won the District Honors Audition and won second place at the state PMTNM Conference. He is an accomplished violinist and has been named to the first violin section in the All-State Symphonic Orchestra at the state competition. He also has been named to the Critic’s Circle in the National Guild of Piano Teachers Audition for four years. Park studies piano with Charlene Cox-Clifton.
Kevin Gao, 15, is a sophomore at LAHS. This week, he learned that he has been named the PMTNM Dansfelsor Scholarship recipient and will be awarded $500 for being their outstanding musician of the year. In February 2009, he won third place in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra’s Jackie McGehee Concerto Competition and has always placed at Honors. This year, he will be one of two soloists for the LA Visiting Nurses Hospice Memorial Service. Gao studies with Lynn Lamb.
Ariel Chen, 15, is an LAHS sophomore who was the first place winner of the Jackie McGehee Concerto competition this year and performed the Beethoven First Concerto with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra on their Mother’s Day concert. She has won firstst place in the State Honor’s Program of the PMTNM and has received Honorable Mention in the MTNA Jr. Competition. In the past, she has volunteered to perform for the Visiting Nurses Programs at Sombrillo, and Aspen Ridge. Chen studies with Lynn Lamb.
Irene Kwon, 11, a sixth grade student at Chamisa Elementary, is the youngest student to compete in this year’s MTNA Jr. Competition, which is for ages 11-14. She will play a 20 minute program from memory.  Kwon has received a place in the PMTNM Honor’s Competitions and has always achieved the distinction of being named to the Critic’s Circle in the National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions. She studies with Lamb.
For more information call the Arts Council at 663-0477.