Our guest artists for the April 19, 2015 Young Artist Concert.

Guest Artists

2014-2015 Season

Sunjoo Choi – Piano

Sunday April 19, 2015

Sunjoo Choi was born in Korea. She moved to America about three years ago. She has been playing the piano for 10 years. Her most favorite thing is playing the piano. She attends Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and majors in the piano. She is an accompanist at her local church.  Sunjoo Choi was selected to perform at the MTNA convention in 2015.  She will also continue to study the piano in college. She not only enjoys playing classical music but jazz as well.


Isabelle Adams – Cello

Sunday April 19, 2015

“Isabelle’s been thickening her calluses for almost 9 years now. Starting her cello career when she lived in New York, she’s since gained orchestral experience throughout Missouri and Nevada, performing with St. Charles County Youth Symphony, Webster University’s Young People’s Concert Orchestra, Webster University’s Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra, Las Vegas Youth Symphony (principal), Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, Las Vegas Honor Orchestra, Nevada All-State Orchestra, Zion’s Youth Symphony and Chorus (principal). Isabelle has studied with Michael Chilovich, Ken Kulosa, Andrew Smith, and Robin Reinarz—she hopes to open up her own music school someday so that she can inspire others as her teachers have inspired her. As a soloist, Isabelle has received 1-Ratings at District, Regional, and State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, was nominated for Nevada Command Performance, and won the Henderson Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition.

Although cello takes up the majority of her time, Isabelle is also a well-rounded student. A senior at Arbor View High School, Isabelle has a 3.97GPA and has actively participated in Student Council and National Honor Society. When she’s not busy doing all her AP homework, Isabelle enjoys reading, spending time with family, brushing up on her Mario Kart skills, helping with church activities, and hanging out with friends. Still unsure which school to attend, Isabelle has been accepted to the following universities: Dixie State University with a Presidential Full-Ride Scholarship as well as music scholarships and Brigham Young University with scholarships still pending.”


Ryan Tingle – Cello

Sunday April 19, 2015

Ryan Tingle is a senior at Green Valley High School and is in his seventh year of studying cello. He has been a member of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra for six years. He has been a participant of the Southern Nevada Honors Orchestra for five years as well as the Nevada All Sate Orchestra for two years. Among a myriad of instructors, Ryan credits his most influential to private instructors Dmitri Kourka and Lindsey Springer.

In expansion to his musical education, Ryan has traveled with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra to perform in various cities of Poland and Germany. He has received superior scoring in the Southern Nevada Solo and Ensemble Festival for six years. Ryan has also been involved in nontraditional works such as the world premiere of the high school production of the Broadway Musical, Mary Poppins.


Karen Kelley – Violin

Sunday April 19, 2015

Karen Kelley is a senior at Clark High School, where she plays with the Clark Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestras. She currently studies with Mary Straub at the Nevada School of the Arts and is a former student of Jennifer Hellewell and Caroll Berns. Karen was a Command Performance finalist her freshman year and has also repeatedly placed in the Silver State Competition, Bolognini Competition, and received honorable mention at the Music Teacher’s National Association statewide competition. A four-year participant in the Nevada All-State Orchestra and CCSD Honor Orchestra, Karen has also participated in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras, Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra, and Green Valley Chamber Music Festival. She will be attending the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in the fall to study music performance and string pedagogy.


Dash Chrisman – Flute

Sunday April 19, 2015

Dash Chrisman is 14 and in the eighth grade at Las Vegas Day School. His favorite musicians are Yo-Yo Ma, the Beatles, Queen and David Garrett – favorite composer, John Williams and favorite conductor, Gustavo Dudamel. Dash’s flute accomplishments include: Winner Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series 2014. Winner MTNA Junior Woodwind State Competition 2011, 2012, 2014 and MTNA Division Alternate 2012, 2013, 2015. First Place Bolognini Scholarship Competition 2011, 2012, 2014. Dash plays with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. He has participated in master classes with Laurel Ann Maurer, Paul Fried, Mary Beth Norris, Tracy Harris and a chamber music master class with Jennifer Grim (in preparation for an MTNA performance and master class with Sir James Galway in March 2015). Dash has been studying flute with the wonderful Cynthia Man for 10 years. He is also learning to play the bagpipes. Dash enjoys history and science.


Cathy Choi – Violin

Sunday April 19, 2015

Cathy Choi, sixteen-year old violinist born in Seoul, South Korea, began her music studies in violin at the age of 7. Throughout middle school and high school, Cathy has remained a passionate soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member. She has served as the concertmaster for Coronado High School for the past 3 years, as well as Associate Concertmaster of the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, which she has been participating in for 8 years.

Under the guidance of Shakeh Ghoukasian, Cathy has won numerous awards in competitions over the years. She was named the winner of the 2015 All-State Command Performance for Upper String Solo and is a two-time winner of the Bolognini Scholarship Competition. She was also chosen as 1st alternative for the 2015 Nevada MTNA Competition in the senior category and received an honorable mention in the 2014 LV Philharmonic Concerto Competition. This past summer, Cathy attended the Interlochen Arts Camp with a scholarship, serving as associate concertmaster of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Cathy, a valedictorian candidate and president of two community service clubs at Coronado, strives to excel in academics as well. She has placed in the top 5 for various math competitions along with debate tournaments as a congressional debater. She is a part of Coronado’s Varsity Dive Team and enjoys volunteering at local hospitals.

Cathy plans to major in neuroscience in after graduation and continue playing music throughout college. She would like to thank her family and friends for their generous support.