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Flutist hits high notes at state competition

Posted: May 18, 2010 6:51 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Jamie Kwon, a 14-year-old flutist and West Ranch High School student, won first place in the intermediate winds category at the Vocalists, Orchestral instrumentalists, Chamber music and Ensemble (VOCE) state finals on April 24.

Kwon will go on to perform and receive an award at the Music Teachers Association of California’s 100th Convention on July 4 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotel.

VOCE is a competition sponsored by the Music Teacher’s Association of California. The finals were held at Chapman University, a private school in Orange County. Kwon, daughter of Jay and Michelle Kwon, currently performs with the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra.

Kwon was also a member of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2008, and performed in the California All-State Honor Band’s symphonic band for two consecutive years. She joins the All-State Honor Band again this year, taking first seat in the concert band.

In summer 2008, she performed at the International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.

Though Kwon started playing the flute only four years ago, she has won multiple competitions across Southern California.

Her accomplishments include placing in the Open American, Baroque and Open categories at the 2009 Southwestern Youth Music Festival competition, taking first place in the 2008 Southern California Junior Bach Festival and winning the Orange County Korean Cultural Center Music Contest in the Woodwind Instrument category.

Beside playing music, Kwon also likes to dance and sing.


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