Young Bronx Artist Contest

The Bronx Arts Ensemble is holding its annual Jonathan Bingham Young Bronx Artist Contest on Saturday, April 29 at 9:00 am at Vladeck Hall in the Amalgamated Houses. The competition is open to music students (vocal and instrumental) ages 14 to 20, who reside or attend school in the Bronx. First-prize winner will receive $500 and a solo appearance with the Bronx Arts Ensemble during the 2017-2018 season. Runners-up will receive cash awards. Vladeck Hall is located at 74 Van Cortlandt Park South, Bronx, NY 10463 on the corner of Hillman Avenue and Van Cortlandt Park South.

The competition is named for the late Bronx Congressman Jonathan Bingham, an avocational violinist and composer.


•Open to all qualified music students ages 14 to 20
•Applicant MUST be a Bronx resident or attend school in the Bronx
•Applicant must be a U.S. citizen with a Social Security number
•ACCOMPANIST IS REQUIRED for singers and instrumentalists
•Audition length: 1o to 15 minutes from standard repertoire (no original compositions)
•Applicant will be given a specific audition time
•Appropriate concert dress is requested
DEADLINE: Thursday, April 27


To enter the competition, please complete this form.


PIANIST CRAIG MURRAY, a freshman at Horace Mann School and SOPRANO LINDA COLLAZO, sophomore at Queens College were declared winners of the 2016 Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Bronx Artist Contest, held on Saturday, April 2 at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated Houses. The competition is held each year for music students who live in the Bronx and who are between ages 14 to 20. Both winners will receive a cash award and solo performance with the BAE during the 2016-2017 season on a subscription chamber music concert. The Contest was originally named after late Congressman Jonathan Bingham, a Riverdale resident and avocational violinist and composer who was a strong advocate of encouraging student musical talent.

Fifteen-year-old CRAIG MURRAY is a 9th grader at Horace Mann School and a student of Marija Ilic at Concordia Conservatory. He is a three-time winner of the Westchester Musicians Guild Young Artists Auditions, and has served as piano accompanist with the Horace Mann Middle Division Chorus. He is a 2016 Winner of the Long Island Conservatory of Music Soloist Competition, as well as 2012 Silver Prize Winner, New York State Music Teachers Association. Craig also performed in 2012 at the Arts on Third Festival in Mt. Vernon, NY.

LINDA COLLAZO is attending Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, and received the Richard and Mica Hadar Scholar Presidential Scholars Award in 2015. A graduate of LaGuardia High School, she has appeared in the Aaron Copland School of Music’s opera productions at Queens College, as well as productions of New York Lyric Opera Theatre, with which she will work as an intern this summer. Linda’s voice teacher is Sherry Overholt.


PIANIST GREGORY GUEORGUIEV is a junior at Bronx High School of Science, and is a student of Elena Belli. He attends the Pre-College Division of the Manhattan School of Music. A two-time winner of the Van Gelder Piano Scholarship Award there, he has also twice won Honorable Mention in the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists, and in 2015 was Young Musician concert performance winner for AMTL (American Music Teachers League) in Carnegie Hall.

A junior at Riverdale Country School, CELLIST ETHAN COBB, a student of Sieun Lin, attends the Interlochen Arts Festival as a full scholarship student, and Mannes Preparatory Division. He was first prize winner in the East Coast International Music Competition, and second prize winner at Lyra Summer Music Competition. Ethan has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Juilliard School of Music and as soloist with Riverdale Country School Orchestra.

PIANIST CLAYTON STEPHENSON attends the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, and is a junior at the Dalton School. He is 1st prize winner of both Thousand Islands International Piano Competition (2013) and LISMA International Piano Competition (2013), and presents a yearly solo recital at Paul Recital Hall at the Juilliard School. Clayton has also appeared in a solo performance at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Lincoln Center and as soloist at Midwest Young Arts Summer Music Summit at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. His teacher is Hong Kuan Chen.

RUNNERS-UP in the 2015 Contest were Katherine Sadaniantz, pianist, a junior at Fordham University; flutist Alexander Sherman, a junior at Horace Mann School, and soprano Linda Collazo, a sophomore at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College.


The Bronx Arts Ensemble announced two winners of its Young Bronx Artist Contest held on Saturday, April 26 at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated Houses – PIANIST JUDY LIANG, a senior at Hunter College High School, and VIOLINIST ANDREW KIRJNER, 10th grade student at Horace Mann School. Each winner will receive an award of $500 and a solo performance with the BAE at a subscription concert during the 2014-2015 season. The annual contest is open to music students who either live in the Bronx and/or attend school here.

Runners-Up in this year’s competition were alto sax player Ashley Dookie, a senior at Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music; mezzo-soprano Linda Collazo, LaGuardia High School senior; and Ethan Cobb, a cellist and 9th grade student at Riverdale Country School. Runners-Up receive cash awards and encouragement to re-enter the competition in the future.


Pianist JUDY LIANG is a student of Shufen Huang, and has attended the Manhattan School of Music and Song of Songs music program.  She won the New York State Music Teachers’ Association competition in both 2012 (2nd Prize) and 2013 (1st Prize), and has been pianist at the Mt. Pleasant Community Theatre.


ANDREW KIRJNER is a violin student of Elizabeth Faidley at the Pre-College Division of Manhattan School of Music, and he was First Prize Winner of the 2013 Shining Stars International Concerto Competition and in 2012, Gold Winner in the Young Maestro Competition. He has also appeared as soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta.


ANA BARRETT, violinist and a junior at Riverdale Country School, was awarded First-Prize at the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Annual Young Bronx Artist Contest held on Saturday, April 20 at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated Houses.  As first-prize winner, Ana will be awarded $500 and a solo performance with the BAE on one of its subscription concerts for the 2013-2014 season.

Runners-Up who received cash awards were pianist Eileen Yao, 9th grade student at Bronx Science High School, Ashley Dookie, alto saxophone player who is a junior at Celia Cruz High School of Music and soprano Elyssa Tylor, 10th grade student at Talent Unlimited High School. The competition has been held each year since 1981 and is open to music students between ages 14 and 20 who either live in the Bronx and/or attend school here.  Open to instrumentalists and singers, it offers valuable public performance experience for talented musicians, some of whom have gone on to professional solo and orchestra careers.

17-year-old violinist ANA BARRETT is a student of Peggy Klinger, and has studied her instrument for 12 years. She has been a soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Cathedral of St. John the Divine this year, and is a member of the New York Youth Symphony.  She is also a member of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra, and attends the Hoff Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale.

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