Prairie Potential - SKS
Richardson Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 26, 2015 • 3 p.m.

Featuring Concerto Competition Winners

2015 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition Finalists

Junior Division

Allison Tung, piano1st Place - Allison Tung, piano

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Allison Tung is a passionate musician, playing both piano and violin since the age of 4 under the instruction of Dr. Timothy Shook and Mrs. Laura Black respectively. She was recently awarded the position of co-concertmaster with the Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster for the Kansas All-State Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Allison started piano competitions in middle school, and in 2012 and 2013 she placed 1st in Kansas State Honors Auditions for both piano solo and piano duets, allowing her the honor to perform for the Kansas Music Educators’ Association annual workshop. She also received the Senseney Schneider piano scholarship in 2011 and 2013 for her outstanding performances. She was named the winner of the junior division of the 2015 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition and she is thankful for her many opportunities to perform for so many special events. This May, Allison will graduate from Wichita High School East International Baccalaureate program. She has been admitted to the University of California, San Diego where she plans to pursue a major in biotechnology and a minor in music.

Garrett VanArsdale, clarinet2nd Place - Garrett VanArsdale, clarinet

Garrett VanArsdale is the son of Mike and Sheri VanArsdale of Lebo, Kansas and grandson of Fred and Jean Rowley also of Lebo. He is a graduating senior of Lebo High School this spring and plans on attending Emporia State University in the fall to pursue a triple major in music education, vocal performance, and clarinet performance. Along with playing in his high school bands, Garrett has played regularly with the ESU clarinet choir and has studied with Dr. Dawn McConkie since 2011. He studied voice for three years with Dr. Dennis Bassett and one year with Dr. Scott Wichael. Throughout high school, Garrett received one ratings for vocal and clarinet solos at the Regional and State competitions and was also a three year member of the KMEA All-State Band. In addition to music, Garrett enjoys reading and volunteering.

Kaela Massey, violin3rd Place - Kaela Massey, violin

Kaela is a junior in high school and has played the violin for seven years, while studying privately with Roberta Banks for the past six. She has participated in regional solo competitions throughout middle and high school, receiving one ratings and taking a solo to state for the past two years. She has participated in the South Central KMEA district orchestra all three years of high school and was a KMEA all-state violinist her sophomore year. She has also participated in the Southwestern College Youth Symphony for four years and was the concertmaster of the orchestra last semester.

Senior Division

Deborah Martin, piano1st Place - Deborah Martin, piano

Malaysian-born pianist, Deborah Martin is in her 3rd year at Southwestern College, pursuing a B.A. in Music with a minor in Business Administration. She studies piano under the instruction of Dr. Timothy Shook and studies voice as a secondary with Dr. Brian Winnie. In 2013 and 2014, she participated in the piano solo Honors Auditions hosted by the Kansas Music Teachers’ Association and returned with outstanding achievements consecutively. She was named 3rd place in the Freshman/Sophomore category of the 2013 auditions and returned as the winner in the 2014 auditions for the Junior/Senior category earning her the opportunity to perform at the honors recital in the 2015 Kansas Music Educators’ Association annual workshop. She was also named the winner in the senior division of the 2015 South Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition. Choral and contemporary commercial music are her other areas of interest in the field. She currently serves as a private piano instructor in the Community Music School at Southwestern College.