Claire Youn is a senior attending Sunset High School in Portland, Oregon, and started her violin studies at age five under the instruction of Hae-Jin Kim. As a solo musician, Claire won first place in the American Protégé: International Piano and Strings Competition in 2021 and received second prize in both the 2020-2021 Canadian International Music Competition and the GLORY Int’l Competition. In 2022, Claire won first place in the OMEA Oregon State Chamber Ensemble Contest and won second place in the Monday Musical Club Scholarship Competition. She has been actively involved in many chamber music groups and orchestras. In 2015, Claire joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association, where she has been Principal Second Violin since season 98. In 2021, she played in the NAfME All-National Honors Symphony, OMEA All-State Orchestra, and Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, NYC by WorldStrides. She participated in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in 2021 and attended Interlochen Arts Academy’s Violin Intensive Camp in the summer of 2022. She performed in masterclasses coached by Ara Sarkissian, Jun Iwasaki, the Mivos Quartet, and Teresa Stanislav from the Calder Quartet.
Claire is enthusiastic about teaching and giving back to the community, and is honored that she has this opportunity to do so through Music4Harmony.
Katie Liu, age 16, is a Junior at Westview High School. She has been playing the violin for 10 years and currently studies with Hae-Jin Kim. Katie has been with the Portland Youth Philharmonic Organization for 6 years and has served as co-concertmaster since she was 14. She also plays with the PYP Camerata chamber orchestra and enjoys volunteering as a mentor for the PYP’s Young String Ensemble. As an active performer, Katie has appeared as a soloist with the members of the Oregon Symphony by winning the MetroArts Young Artists Debut! Competition in 2021, and won again this year in 2023. She also has had the privilege to solo with Portland Youth Philharmonic by winning the PYP Concerto competition in 2022. Katie was the 1st place winner of the MTNA Senior String Performance Competition in Oregon State and was selected as the alternate winner at the Northwest Division level competition. She was a first-place winner of the American String Teacher Association Junior Division in 2022. Katie’s passion for music led her to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute where she was co-concertmaster of the Young Artists Orchestra. She was also selected to serve as the Concertmaster Assistant in the 2021 All-State Orchestra and as Concertmaster for the 2022 All-Northwest Orchestra.
Hailey Youn is a 10th grader attending Sunset High School in Portland, Oregon. She began her viola studies at age seven and is currently under the instruction of Brian Quincey. She joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic Organization when she was 8 years old where she was the viola principal for Young String Ensemble during the 95th season, and is currently a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata PYP, and PYP String Quartet. Hailey has performed in NAfME All-NW Honors Orchestra and OMEA All-State Orchestra in 2023. She has participated in the Chamber Music Camp of Portland and OMTA Ensemble festival for several years, and Looking forward to attending the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute 2023 this summer. Besides music, Hailey enjoys dancing, biking, hanging out with her friends, and volunteering at Jacob Wismer Elementary School Library.
Ellie Liu, age 13, is a 8th grader at Stoller Middle School. She began playing the cello at 6 with Hyun-Jin Kim. Ellie enjoys playing in chamber music groups, she is currently the youngest member in Portland Youth Philharmonic, and she was the Assistant Principal of their Young String Ensemble in 2020. As an active performer, Ellie is a winner of the Young Star Award at Amadeus Orchestra Solo Competition and Willamette Falls Concerto Competition, and she was selected to be the finalist of the ASTA competition. She is also a winner of the OMTA Festivals, Great Composer of the Best Bach Performance, The Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition, and American Protégé competition.
Sarah Lee, age 16, is a Junior at Westview High School. She began playing cello at the age of 8 and currently studies with Hyun-Jin Kim. Sarah is a member of Camerata PYP and the Portland Youth Philharmonic, where she currently serves as principal. As an active soloist, she was the 1st place winner in the 2022 National Federation of Music Clubs Mary Cox Award and won 1st place at the Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition and the 2022 New York International Classical Music Competition. In 2023, she won 1st place at the State Solo Contest and State Chamber Ensemble Contest. She was also the winner of 2023 PYP Concerto Competition, the 2022 Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition and the 2021 Oregon MTNA Junior String Competition. Additionally, she was awarded first prize in the Best Bach Performance and the Music of Europe of GCC 2021 and won the Platinum Absolute Prize at the 2021 Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition. She had the privilege of being selected to perform as a soloist with the members of the Oregon Symphony by winning the 2023 MetroArts Young Artists Debut! Competition. She took part in All State Orchestra since freshman year, and was honored to have been a part of the 2022 All National Honors Ensembles Symphony Orchestra and 2022 All-Northwest Orchestra as principal. She has participated in renowned music camps such as the Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival, studying with Hai Ye-Ni, International Cello Institute Camp, the Vivace Music Festival and the Chamber Music Camp of Portland. And she has been accepted to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) and spent her summer there. Sarah has also participated in master classes taught by Norman Fischer, Priscilla Lee, Hannah Roberts, Bonnie Thron, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, and Antonio Meneses. Sarah wants to use her love of music to benefit and heal communities that have yet to experience the joys of music. Through benefit concerts, nursing home performances, and volunteer opportunities, she is slowly making her way towards spreading her love of music. Besides playing cello, Sarah enjoys playing piano, soccer, skiing, reading, and hanging out with her friends.
Abigail Lee, age of 15, began playing violin at the age of 7 and currently studies violin with Hae-Jin Kim. As an active soloist, she has won several competitions including American Protégé: International Piano and Strings Competition, Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition, OMTA Jeannette Scott Briggs Scholarship Award Competition and OMTA Trula Whelan Concerto Festival. She also was the finalist of 2022 Oregon ASTA Solo Competition and was selected and performed at CMNW Masterclass series led by Alexi Kenny. Alongside her solo studies, Abigail has been part of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association for 4 years and is currently a member of the Philharmonic orchestra. Besides music, Abigail loves dancing, reading, and hanging out with her friends.
Kaylee Nah, 14, is a freshman at Sunset High School in Portland, Oregon. She has studied the violin under Hae-Jin Kim since the age of five. Kaylee has been in the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association (PYP) since 2018. She served as the concertmaster of the Young String Ensemble of PYP and as the principal second violin of the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra of PYP. Kaylee is now playing in the Portland Youth Philharmonic orchestra for her third year, and also plays in a PYP sextet, and the Camerata PYP chamber orchestra.She was the state winner of the Music Teachers National Association Junior String Competition, and the alternate winner for its Northwest Division in 2022. She also won 1st place in the Jeannette Scott Briggs Scholarship Competition in 2022. Kaylee was the first winning alternate for the Cognizart MetroArts Young Artist Competition in 2023. She has played for the artists Benjamin Beilman, Carol Sindell, and the Modigliani Quartet for masterclasses. She attended the Heifetz International Music Institute in the summer of 2023. Kaylee has also been studying the piano for 9 years and has won many prizes from various Oregon Music Teachers Association festivals. Besides music, Kaylee enjoys painting, baking, and hanging out with friends.
Andy Shin, age 14, is a ninth-grader at BASE (Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering) high school in Portland, Oregon. He started cello at age nine and has been playing for four years. Since then, he has been involved in a variety of ensemble platforms such as PYP (Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra), Camerata PYP, and Portland Summer Ensembles. Andy has participated in several competitions; he is a winner of the 2023 MetroArts Young Artist Debut! Competition and performed a solo with members of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Andy is the second place winner of the Eugene Symphony Young Artists Competition in the junior division and has played a solo with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra as well. He is a second place winner in the 2023 American Protégé International Competition, winner at the 2022 Baroque Festival, finalist for the 2022 Oregon Mozart Player soloist competition, and was selected to perform at the 2022 ASTA National Conference master class. He also performed at masterclasses with guest artists such as Peter Prosser from the Mannes School of Music (NYC), Ben Hong, Joshua Roman, Seth Biagini, and Ted Nelson. As a winner of the MetroArts YAD, he has been interviewed by the All Classical Portland radio station’s On Deck With Young Musicians program. Andy was selected for the 2023 OrpheusPDX pathways program and participated in the performance of Mozart’s The Royal Shepherd (II Re Pastore) this summer. Currently, he is studying with Maria Shim. Outside of music, Andy enjoys many hobbies. He loves to cook, bake, and hang out with friends.
Yoojin Kang is a 8th grader at Stoller Middle School. She has been playing violin since she was 6 years old and is currently studying with Hae-Jin Kim. Yoojin won first place in the Jeannette Scott Briggs Scholarship Competition of the middle school division. She has participated in many OMTA Festivals, like the Trula Whelan Concerto Competition. She has contributed to the 2023 OR-ASTA Honors Recital and was a finalist in the junior division of the Oregon Mozart Players Artist Competition. She received second place scholarship in the OMTA competition in 2021 and contributed to other group performances like a string quartet for the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir. She also had the opportunity to have a master class with Alexi Kenney in 2023, the Calder Quartet in2021 in the American String Teacher’s Association of Oregon. Yoojin has been a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic since the 95th season. She was the 2nd violin principle of their Young String Ensemble in 2020, and also was the 2nd violin principle of their Conservatory Orchestra in 2021.