2019 Competition Finalists

All finalists will compete live at the Competition Finals on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Crowden Music Center, Berkeley, from 10am to 7pm.

Please read this page carefully and in its entirety for instructions, frequently asked questions, and a detailed schedule for the Finals.

2019 Instrumental Finalists

  • Alexander Chang
  • Catherine Choi
  • Hannah Lee
  • Erica Liu
  • Jun Yong Liu
  • Ajay Mallya
  • Simon Minami
  • Jacob Reed
  • Milan Rohatgi
  • Fiona Faye Tsang
  • Julia Wang

2019 Piano Finalists

  • Crystal Cheng
  • Jonathan Hou
  • Janice Kim
  • Curtis Li
  • Jacob Rockower
  • Xinran Shi
  • Jonathan Szeto
  • Caitvya Tseng
  • Rachel Xu
  • Sarah Yuan
  • Ethan Yuen

2019 Vocal Finalists

  • Ashley Chen
  • Isabella Lopez
  • Lea Nayak
  • Alasdair Payten

2019 Chamber Group Finalists

  • Piano trio: Sophia Shih, Irene Geng, Allison Liu
  • String quartet: Lena Tang, Trina Tang, Jessica Yim, Jason Bersamin

2019 Composition Finalists

  • No finalists selected

Winners will be announced following judges' deliberations at the conclusion of each category.

All students are invited to the
First Place Winners Concert
Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:00 pm
San Francisco War Memorial, Green Room
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

All students who reach the Finals round of the Pacific Musical Society & Foundation Competition must:

  1. Sign and return the consent form included in this document by mail within one week of notification to the address below:
    Pacific Musical Society & Foundation
    2019 Competition
    1459 18th Street, Suite 146
    San Francisco, CA 94107
  2. Send via email a short biography and an appropriate performer photo in high resolution (JPG, PNG or TIF, 300 dpi minimum, 400 dpi preferred) to the following email address immediately after being notified of being a finalist: info@pacificmusical.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q: Can a selection be an excerpt or partial work?
    A: Each selection must be a complete movement or complete work in itself. 

  • Q: Must all works be memorized?
    A: Yes, all works must be memorized and performed from memory in the finals. 

  • Q: For accompanied works, must they be performed with accompaniment?
    A: Yes, all accompanied works must be played as such in the finals.

  • Q: Do first place winners have to perform at the Winners Concert?
    A: If a first place winner cannot perform at the Winners Concert, May 17, 2019, he or she will forfeit their prize and award.

  • Q: Does the student or the jury decide which pieces to play?
    A: The student will decide the first selection; the jury might select a second piece from the pieces submitted for the preliminary round. The student must be ready to play any of the preliminary pieces.

  • Q: How long will each performer play?
    A: For instruments and piano it depends on the age group: 8-10 years old and 11-13 years old will play 8 minutes, 14-17 years old will play 14 minutes; all vocalists are expected to perform 15 minutes; all chamber groups are expected to perform the full repertoire submitted for the preliminary round.

For any other questions about the competition, please email us at competition@pacificmusical.com.

Schedule for the Competition Finals on April 7, 2019

Instr. 1
Hannah Lee
Instr. 2
Fiona Faye Tsang  
Alexander Chang  
Milan Rohatgi
Erica Liu
Instr. 3
Simon Minami 
Ajay Mallya 
Jun Yong Liu  
Julia Wang  
Catherine Choi
Jacob Reed
Chamber Tang/Tang/Yim/Bersamin 1:15
  Shih/Geng/Liu 1:30
Piano 1  Jacob Rockower 2:00
  Jonathan Szeto 2:15
  Xinran Shi 2:30
  Rachel Xu          2:45
Piano 2 Sarah Yuan  3:05
  Caitvya Tseng  3:20
  Crystal Cheng 3:35
Piano 3 Jonathan Hou 3:55
  Ethan Yuen 4:10
  Curtis Li 4:25
  Janice Kim  4:40
Vocal 1
Lea Nayak
  Isabella Lopez  5:15
Ashley Chen
Vocal 2 Alasdair Payten 5:50
Event end by 7pm