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2018 Promising Young Artist

The Department of Music is delighted to announce that JOEL OSWARI is the recipient of the 2018 Promising Young Artist and will be awarded $10,000 to attend La Sierra University starting in the Fall of 2018.

JOEL OSWARI, 16, is a senior at Canyon Springs High School and began his piano studies at the age of four and currently studies with Dr. Elvin Rodriguez of La Sierra University. His former teachers include Doris Wells and Dr. Lily Diehl. Joel has won many awards, including the multiple prizes at the Inland Empire Piano Competition, Solo, Duet, and Concerto Division, Gold Medal at the Southern California Junior Bach Festival Complete Works Audition of 2015, Winner of Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition 2013, multiple First prizes at the Young Pianists’ Competition MTAC Riverside Branch, winner of the Steinway Piano Competition multiple times, and performing in the Doctors of the Desert concert for the Steinway Society Riverside County.

Joel performs as an accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. He also plays in multiple district events. Besides playing the piano, Joel plays trumpet in the school band and in the church orchestra and volunteers at the local hospital.

PROMISING YOUNG ARTIST

SCHOLARSHIP & COMPETITION

In 2011, the Department of Music and the Office of Enrollment Services created a scholarship opportunity focused on high school students that excelled in music performance. This evening will be the 7th Annual Promising Young Artist event here at La Sierra University.

  • The first-place winner of this competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University starting Fall 2017 and a $500 stipend.
  • The second-place winner of this event will receive a $5,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University starting Fall 2018 and a $350 stipend.
  • The third-place winner of this event will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University starting Fall 2017 and a $150 stipend.

We are delighted to have Maxim Kuzin and Marco Schindelmann as our guest panel for the event.

All performers are eligible to audition for various university ensembles and qualify for additional performance scholarship.

Click HERE to enjoy the recital online.

SARAH CHAN was awarded 2nd Place in the 2018 Promising Young Artist event and will receive a $5,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University starting in the Fall of 2018.

SARAH CHAN, a homeschooled senior from Loma Linda, started playing piano at age five and later viola just shy of eight. She is the assistant principal violist of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, and also a section violist in the Pomona College Orchestra and the Loma Linda University Church Sanctuary Orchestra. Sarah Chan has studied viola privately under April Losey and Kira Blumberg. She is an avid handbell ringer, ringing since age nine and currently is a member of a bronze-level group, Bellforza. Last summer, Sarah was privileged to perform in Disneyland with the Handbell Musicians of America. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, playing chamber music with her younger sisters and friends, and Chinese lion dancing.

HANNAH CHANG was awarded 3rd Place and will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University starting in the Fall of 2018.

HANNAH JOOEUN CHANG is currently attending Loma Linda Academy as part of the graduating class of 2018. She has long had a passion for music and has been receiving vocal training from Dr. Raejin Lee for 6 years. Hannah has enjoyed keeping up her career in vocal performance throughout her life by participating in several musical productions and operas, such as Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, and Little Nemo in Slumberland, and singing both in choir and as a soloist.

She is currently part of Pro Musica, the select choir at Loma Linda Academy, as a 1st soprano and is an active soloist in church and in the community. Hannah has also completed up to level 9 of the Certificate of Merit for Voice.

This upcoming year, she would like to complete the Advanced level of the Certificate and to hold a solo recital of her own in the spring. In the future, Hannah hopes to continue her studies with Dr. Lee and to further pursue a career in vocal performance throughout college and beyond.

FERNANDA RINZA was awarded 4th Place and will receive a $1,000 to attend La Sierra University starting in the Fall of 2018.

FERNANDA SOPHIA RINZA was born in Monterrey Mexico. Her family moved to the US settled in the Pacific Northwest. Fernanda began performing at an early age for local churches or with her school choirs. Her love for music and song is one she shares with her mother who she credits as her first vocal teacher.

She is a senior at Portland Adventist Academy, where she has been a member of the various instrumental (band and orchestra) and choral ensembles.

She has studied voice with Ms. Amanda Hall, Ms. LeaAnne DenBeste, and Ms. Naomi Fernandez. She attended the 2017 Montecito International Music Festival in Riverside, CA and participated in her first Zarzuela production working with festival faculty members Dr. Raejin Lee, Mr. Javier Gonzales, Mr. Paul Zinger, and Mrs. Leslie Umphrey.

She plans to attend La Sierra University fall 2018 as a vocal performance major with a minor in psychology. Her hope is to become a music therapist and work with children who suffer from psychological and emotional disorders using her love of music and song to help strengthen their abilities and to provide emotional support.