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OrASTA Solo Competition 2021

Congratulations to the OrASTA Solo Competition 2021 winners! 

Junior Division Winners

1st place: Maggie Carter, contrabass (student of Jordan Anderson)

2nd place: Noah Carr, violin (student of Tomas Cotik)

3rd place: Claire Youn, violin (student of Hae-Jin Kim)

Other Junior Division Finalists: Violinists Andrew Lee, Ezra Oncken, Ryan Jun, Ellie Kim, and Natalie Yen. Cellists Jacob Park and Kristen Kim.


Senior Division Winners

1st place: Timothy Lee, violin (student of Andrea Hawkins)

2nd place: Adrian Hsieh, cello (student of Kristine Janes)

3rd place: Loni Yin, cello (student of Hyun-Jin Kim)

Other Senior Division Finalists: Violinists Elin Schlichting, Charles Dalrymple, and Beatrice Lobscheid. Violist Matthew Chan and Cellist Eunji Ryu.


We had 40 applicants in the Preliminary Round, from 23 studios around the state of Oregon and southern Washington. The competition process is very educational at every step, and we hope all who sent a Preliminary video gained valuable experience and knowledge. Congratulations to every participant and their teacher!


Many thanks to our 3 judges:


Jennifer Arnold is the Director of Artistic Planning and Orchestral Operations with the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. She was a violist with Oregon Symphony for 15 years, and also served as President of the Oregon Chapter ASTA. She organized the first Solo Competition for our state.


Antoinette Gan has been a cellist with Oregon Symphony since 2015. She performs regularly with Classical Up Close, 45th Parallel Universe, and the Oregon Bach Festival and is a coach for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Portland Youth Philharmonic. She graduated from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Amit Peled and received a Master of Music from Rice University as a student of Desmond Hoebig.


Jessica Lambert taught violin and viola for 15 years at Oregon State University. She is a member of Chamber Music Amici and also runs the OSU Summer Chamber Music Workshop. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Zvi Zeitlin and members of the Cleveland Quartet.

Solo Competition 2021

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The purpose of the event is to present an opportunity for advanced string students to perform and receive recognition for their hard work.  We encourage you and your students to plan now to participate!


Instrumental categories are Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Classical Guitar

The participant must reside or study in Oregon with the exception of students who study

with OrASTA members in southern WA and are OrASTA members (contact national ASTA to 

transfer WA membership to OR, if desired).



  • Sat. November 20: Registration and preliminary round videos are due by 11:59 pm

  • Wednesday, November 24: Finalists will be notified via email

  • Sun. December 12: Live Finals will be held at Portland State University 



  • Senior division: 1st prize $500, 2nd prize $250 and 3rd prize $200

  • Junior division: 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $200 and 3rd prize $150


  • $50 Non-refundable application fee for students of ASTA Members or ASTA Student Members

  • $100 fee for Non-members (to get the member rate, Join ASTA today!)

  • *A limited number of need-based fee waivers can be applied for - please write by Nov. 1st for consideration. 



  • Age Requirements       

    • Junior Division: 15 and under, on or before 12/12/2021                                                                          

    • Senior Division: Age 16-22 on or before 12/12/2021


  • Repertoire is to be selected from the standard or new music classical literature matching your particular instrument.

    • Complete works or complete single movements from works will be required of all entrants. 

    • Selection can be from any time period: concertos, encore pieces, unaccompanied pieces, modern new music, etc.

    • Our focus for this competition is classical music.  We hope to have a future event for fiddle, jazz, and alternative styles.

  • Memorization is not required, but is strongly encouraged.

  • Piano accompaniment is strongly suggested for the recording if the work calls for it. 

  • Please cut lengthy piano tutti sections (if piano is part of the work).

REGISTRATION DETAILS: Register and send Preliminary Video by Nov. 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm at

This is a TWO STEP process. You will need to submit the following:

  • STEP ONE: PAY your registration fee (link is at the bottom of this page).

    • Pay via credit card

    • $50 for ASTA Members and their students (must be able to provide member #), and $100 for non-members.

    • Fees are non-refundable

  • STEP TWO: After you register online, you will receive an email with a Google Form link. Complete the form with the following:

    • ASTA membership number or instructor’s number must be provided for member rate (students will need to obtain this from their teacher)

    • Recording of your Preliminary Round performance

      • Unlisted YouTube recording link to your full performance (the entire piece or entire movement)

      • Pre-recorded accompaniments are acceptable for the preliminary round.

      • Recording Requirements:

        • 1. When recording student performances, please treat these like an audition recording. Be mindful of  background noise or distracting items in the room.  

        • 2. Stand (violin/viola) or sit (cello) about 10 feet from the video recording device with f-holes somewhat facing the camera so that adjudicators can see the entire student and instrument in the camera frame. 

        • 3. If the student is performing from memory, the video should clearly show a room with no music stand,  or the music stand should clearly be facing away from the student with no music on it. 

    • Repertoire Title, Composer, and Duration of performance (minutes)

    • Contact information for performer, parent/guardian, and accompanist (if applicable)

    • This Google Form MUST be completed by Nov. 20th at 11:59 pm.

    • Email if you did not receive the Google Form immediately following your registration.



  • Finalists in each division will be invited to perform in the final round of competition on Sunday, December 12, 2021. ​​

    • This is a live public performance and will be held at Portland State University

    • Finalists will be notified via email on or before Wednesday, Nov. 24th.

    • If piano accompaniment is part of your repertoire, please provide your own accompanist at the Final Round.  Do you need help finding an accompanist? Email

    • If a Finalist cannot be present at the Competition, an alternate will be selected.​

  • A panel of distinguished musicians will serve as judges for the final round of the competition.
    • Performers will need to provide 3 (three) original judge's copies for finals.

    • Finalists will compete against other finalists in their division regardless of instrument.

    • Awards will be announced at the conclusion of each division.

    • Judge's decisions are final.


Please forward any questions to (with subject line: Solo Competition)

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