2020 Berkshire Symphony Student Soloists Announced

The Williams College Department of Music is delighted to announce the results of the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition for 2020!

Rebecca Christainsen ’21, viola

Dalton Yu ’22, collaborating pianist


Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945) – Concerto for Viola and Orchestra


Christopher Chung ’22, violin

Dalton Yu ’22, collaborating pianist


Henri Vieuxtemps (1820 – 1881) – Violin Concerto No. 5


Emily Ham ’22, mezzo-soprano

Robin Kibler, collaborating pianist


Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) – “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix,” from Samson et Dalila


Alexandra Medeiros ’20, piano (primo) & Gabrielle Wolfe ’20, piano (secundo)


Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) – Concerto pour deux pianos in D Minor, FP 61 (1932)


The competition was hosted by Ronald Feldman, conductor of the Berkshire Symphony, and judged by a panel of guest musicians – Joel Pitchon, John Perkel, and Amanda Boyd.

Mr. Feldman and Professor Ed Gollin also extend their thanks to the collaborative pianists: Doris Stevenson, Robin Kibler, Dalton Yu ’22, and Edwin Lawrence. A special thanks also to Mr. Lawrence for his administrative support. The competition would not be possible without the great dedication of our instrumental teachers, who mentor and support our performers. Thanks also to Jeffrey Miller, Stage and Orchestra Manager, and the concert team for making sure that the competition and recitals ran smoothly.

The student musicians have been selected for the honor of performing their pieces along with the Berkshire Symphony on Friday April 24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.


We also want to thank all of the performers (in performance order):

Brandon Hilfer ’20, baritone; Robin Kibler, piano

Eugene Cho ’20, piano; Doris Stevenson, piano

Natalie Newton ’20, piano; Doris Stevenson, piano

Allen Wang ’20, piano; Doris Stevenson, piano

Caroline Fairweather ’20, soprano; Robin Kibler, piano

Hanbin Koo ’22, flute; Edwin Lawrence, piano


Want to see a list of all of our past student soloists with the Berkshire Symphony?
Link to soloists

S021820 Competition program