Competitions

Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition

The 2015 application deadline has been changed to Monday, November 30.

The competition is open to Williams College students who have completed at least one semester of instrumental or vocal study at Williams, and who are currently enrolled in MUS 281-288, 391, 392, 491 or 492, or 493 performance. Students who wish to compete must be recommended by their instrument or vocal teacher. Past winners are eligible to compete after a hiatus of one year.

Application Form and Guidelines are available at the Music office in late fall. The competition takes place early in the spring semester. Winners appear as soloists with the Berkshire Symphony at the fourth regular season concert. For questions please contact the Assistant to the Chair.

“The Berkshire Symphony is comprised of Williams College students, distinguished Artist Associates, and area professionals. Throughout the year, students and teachers work hand in hand in an environment that honors hard work and fosters respect. The programs each year expose the students to a broad range of symphonic repertoire. With musical selections spanning four centuries, and under the guidance of our excellent faculty, students experience ensemble playing on a level rarely offered in comparable educational settings.”

— Ronald Feldman, director

Berkshire Symphony Student Soloists Winners

2016

  • Stephen Ai ’18 and Michael Chen ’18, piano
  • Scott Daniel ’17, violin
  • Claire Leyden ’16, soprano
  • Nathaniel Vilas, piano

2015

  • Anna DeLoi ’18, harp
  • Robin Park ’17, piano
  • Tiffany Sun ’18, flute

2014

  • Lysander Jaffe ’14, viola
  • Claire Leyden ’16, soprano
  • Joyce Lee ’17, piano

2013

  • Patricia Ho ’16, cello
  • Cassandra McLellan ’14, percussion
  • Elaina Pullano ’15, mezzo soprano
  • Robert Yang, ’15, cello

2012

  • Annie Jeong ’14, flute
  • David Kealhofer ’13, cello
  • Daniel Schreiner ’14, piano

2011

  • Noah Fields ’11, viola
  • Holly Fisher ’13, soprano
  • Jingyi Liu ’14, flute
  • Madura Watanagase ’12, piano

2010

  • David Kealhofer ’13, cello
  • Hannah Smith-Drelich ’10, clarinet
  • Laone Thekiso ’12, piano

2009

  • Alicia Choi ‘09, violin
  • Alexander Taylor ’10, clarinet
  • Tiffany Yu ’12, piano

2008

  • Christine Bowman ’11, piano
  • Meng-Lun Hsieh ’08, piano
  • Noah Lindquist ’08, piano
  • Kathleen Palmer ’10, cello

2007

  • Sylvia Lou ’09, cello
  • Hanna Na ’08, violin
  • Helen Selonick ’07, harp
  • Joseph Shippee ’07, piano

2006

  • Alicia Choi ‘09, violin
  • Jason Fan ‘08, piano
  • Elizabeth Schwartzman ‘08, piano

2005

  • Thomas Anderson ‘06, baritone
  • Noah Lindquist ‘08, piano
  • Hanna Na ‘08, violin
  • Jeff Wessler ‘07, flute

2004

  • Talia Allenberg-Mailman ‘06, harp
  • Joseph Shippee ‘07, piano
  • Loren Silvertrust ‘04, violin

2003

  • Noah Capurso ‘05, cello
  • Matthew Resseger ‘05, oboe
  • Joo-Hee Suh ‘03, piano
  • Ian Warrington ‘03, violin

2002

  • Paul LaRosa ‘02, voice
  • Katherine Saxon ‘03, voice
  • Shomik Dutta ‘05, violin

2001

  • Jonathan Salter ‘02, clarinet
  • Aaron Berman ‘01 and Ryan McNaughton ‘01, piano duo

2000

  • Jennifer Lee ‘02, cello
  • Jessica Robbins ‘01, flute
  • Joo-Hee Suh ‘03, piano

1999

  • Richard Giarusso ‘00, voice
  • Heather Kovich ‘99, bassoon
  • Sarah Song ‘00, piano
  • Alexandre Wolfe ‘99, violin

1998

  • Gabriela Pereira ‘00, violin
  • Ryan McNaughton ‘01, piano

1997

  • Sarah Leung ‘98, piano
  • Ifeoma Okwuje ‘99, piano
  • Alexandre Wolfe ‘99, violin

1996

  • Elliott Sohn ‘98, clarinet
  • Leo Tsai ‘98, violin
  • Amaranta Viera ‘96, voice

1995

  • Nathaniel Farny ‘96, violin
  • Jessica Jensen-Moulton ‘97, voice
  • Alexandra Steinberg ’97, piano

1994

  • Douglas Brandoff ‘95, cello
  • Nancy Chen ‘96, piano
  • Leika Kihara ‘SF, piano

1993

  • Mahri Relin ‘95, flute
  • Douglas Craig ‘93, marimba

1992

  • Charles Becker ‘92, voice
  • Abbygail Dobson ‘92, voice
  • Paul Gaspar ‘92, violin
  • Heather Rieff ‘92, violin

1991

  • Michael Cole ‘91, piano
  • Lisa Kable ‘91, voice
  • Marica Tacconi ‘92, harpsichord
  • Jennifer Wolfman ‘91, flute

1990

  • Dennis Kuo ’93, piano

1989

  • Jay R. Hartley ‘90, bassoon

1988

  • Rachel Tritt ’90, piano
  • Lillian Kessler ’88 and Jeanette Dell ’88, violin duo

1987

  • Amy Champagne ‘87, piano

Student soloists prior to competition

  • 1980: Jonathan Hammond, Jr. ‘80, clarinet
  • 1981: Todd Greenwald ‘81, flute
  • 1985: Tracey Tenser ‘85, flute
  • 1986: Valerie Anastasio ‘86, voice