2016 SPCO YCMC Competition Winners

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Annette Conklin 651.450.1607


March 10, 2016, Saint Paul - The top winners in the fifth annual SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition were announced on Sunday, March 6 at the Winners Recital held in Sundin Music Hall of Hamline University.

The competition’s First Prize of $1,000 was awarded to the Vesper Quartet: Vivian Murphy, (vioiin), a junior at Queen of Heaven Academy; Kajsa Johansson, (cello) age 16; a junior at Breck School; Addison Nichols (violin, age 16, a junior at St. Francis Christian Academy; and John Paul Shoemaker (viola), age 18, a senior at Edina High School. The ensemble also wins a performance on Friday, May 13 in Martinelli Foyer of the Ordway Center preceding a Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concert.

There were two Second Prize winners of $600 each: Vento Silva Woodwind Quintet: Sarah Bushara (oboe), age 17, a senior at PSEO - University of Minnesota; Andrea Kloehn (flute), age 16, a sophomore at Minneapolis Southwest High School; Susan Stewart (clarinet) age 17, a junior at Edina High School; Rachel Lauson (horn), age 17, a junior at Edina High School; and Beck Rusley (bassoon), age 15, a freshman at Blake. Also winning Second Prize was the Andres Quartet: Angel Lyn Andres (violin) age 17 and Patrick Allen Hyatte (violin), age 17, both seniors at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists; Edwin Patrick Thatcher Donovan, (viola), age 17, a junior at Minnetonka High School; and Chris Jubok Kwon (cello), age 16, a sophomore at Maple Grove Senior High School.

Winner of Level B and a cash award of $100 was Trio Giovane: Emily Kleiber (violin), age 12, a 6th grader at Hudson Middle School; Hannah Greenstein (cello), age 14, an 8th grader at St. Louis Park Middle School; and Joseph Caswell (piano), a 6th grader at Lighthouse School.

Coaches of this year’s winners were: Tom Rosenberg of Opus 1911 Music Studio, Laura Sewell of the Artaria Chamber Music School; and Norbert Nielubowski, of the University of Minnesota.

Judges for the Finals were oboist John Snow, violinist Jonathan Magness and cellist Pitnarry Shin — all members of the Minnesota Orchestra.


Founded in 2011 by the Friends of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the chamber competition draws talented pre-college musicians who live in Minnesota or are coached in Minnesota. Applicants to this year’s competition ranged in age from 11 to 18.