Featured Young Musicians

Meet Our Guest Artists

Team Member

Amanda Anderson

Vocalist

At only 20 years old, soprano, Amanda Anderson has already performed in multiple operatic, musical theater and concert productions throughout Southern California and most recently participated in the OCAVA Young Artist's Program in Rome, Italy this past July. Amanda graduated as Valedictorian from the famed Orange County School of Arts in Santa Ana, California and is now pursuing her Bachelor of Music Vocal Arts degree from the University of Southern California (USC) on full scholarship under the tutelage of renown baritone, Rod Gilfry. Currently, she coaches with Mark Salters (Cal State Fullerton), Ryan Reithmeier (USC) and her long-term voice teacher, internationally acclaimed operatic soprano, Robin Follman.

Amanda has been featured in a national radio campaign for Fantastic Sams, "Fantastic for All" as The Opera Singer as well as being selected as the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion's Grand Prize Finalist in the Los Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Awards in 2014, Amanda has won several noted domestic and international competitions including the NATS-LA, Vo-Cal, Professional Opera Singer's Association (POSA) and the Great Composer's Competition.

Amanda was recently honored to perform at the Metropolitan Fashion Week for the Autism Speaks Gala at Waner Bros. Studio and was previously featured in a PBS SoCal LAaRT segment illustrating the importance that music and the arts have played in her life as an individual succeeding at life while managing her Asperger's Syndrome Disorder.

Team Member

Grace Bernard

Vocalist

SCP is happy to present Grace Bernard, a very talented young soprano, as a vocal winner in the Artiste age group. She is a 15 year old sophomore attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Grace has only been studying classical voice for three years and started participating in vocal competitions a year ago. Prior to singing, Grace was an athlete, playing softball for seven years. It was her 6th grade choir teacher, Dalyn Shutts, who discovered that Grace had a natural ability to sing Opera. Grace now studies voice with Kathleen Martin along with coaches Bill Vindice in diction and Vera Calabria in acting. Grace has been in several musicals including Annie, The King and I, The Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, Frankenstein the Musical, and the Wizard of Oz.

Grace is currently studying as Adele in Die Fledermaus. She sang for a short time with an A capella group, Minor 6, and competed in the Harmony Sweepstakes. This past year Grace's competitions included: So Cal Vocal Association (SVCA) where at age 14, she placed 2nd in the 13-18 High School category; Spotlight 2nd round level, NATS-SEP 1st place Classical and 2nd place Musical Theatre, NATS Cal-Western Regionals 1st place Classical and 1st place Musical Theatre, qualifying for the National Competition in Colorado in July 2017. In addition to winning the opportunity to sing with the SoCalPhil, Grace is currently competing in Spotlight at 2nd level so far.

Grace would love to someday pursue a career as an Opera Singer and perform in Opera Houses all over the world.

Team Member

Angela Lee

Pianist

SCP is pleased to present Angela Lee as the winner of the Prodigy age group (ages 1 to 12) in the 2017 Young Artists Concerto Competition. New York Concert Review writes Angela Lee "knocked everyone's socks off and demonstrated the sensitivity , maturity, power and pianism that one often misses in pianists twice her age." Angela, 12, is a 7th grade student at Orange County School of the Arts. She was privileged to receive the most promising junior Award at the 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. Since then, she was named the Evgeny Kissing Grand Prize winner at the Fourth Rosalyn Truck International Bach Competition. On March 24th, 2016, Angele made her radio debut on New York public radio WQXR. She is also the first prize winner of numerous awards, including 2013 San Jose International Russian Music Piano Competition, Gold medalist at 2013 Seattle International Piano Competition, 2013 Glendale Piano Competition, 2015 MTAC State Solo for the State of California Piano Competition, 2016 CAPMT State Concerto for the State of California Piano Competition. Angela has had the privilege of working under Ann Schien, William Grant Nabore, and Stanislav Loudenitch in various masterclasses. Angela studies piano with Ariel Yamg at Opus119 Conservatory of Music in Orange County, CA.

Team Member

Beata Preisiate

Flutist

SCP is pleased to present Beata Preisaite as the instrumental winner in the Virtuoso Young Artist age category. Beata is a Lithuanian flutist currently studying at California State University, Fullerton, with well-known soloist and teacher, Jean Ferrandis. Beata was born in 1994 in Kaunas, Lithuania. She took her first flute lesson at the age of 10. After graduating from a music Gymnasium in her hometown where she studied with Ausra Lukoseviciute, she went to Saarbrücken, Germany to study with Belgian flutist and professor Gaby Pas Van Riet. During the 2015-16 concert season, Beata served as substitute principle Flute for the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 22, Beata has already appeared as a soloist with major Lithuanian orchestras and has played a number of concerts in Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia and Germany. She is also a winner of many national and international competitions including Musical Aquarelle Chamber competition, Pakalnis Wind Players competition in Lithuania, and the Kārlis Štrāls International Young Flutists competition in Latvia, to name a few.

Team Member

Allison To

Pianist

Alison To is an instrumental winner in SCP's Young Artist Concerto Competition in the Artiste age category. Fifteen year old Allison To's concert engagements include solo recitals for the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation and the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. She has soloed at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Yamaha Salon in New York, and has appeared on NPR's radio show "From The Top." Allison will also solo with the Southern California Philharmonic and the Culver City Symphony this season. WQXR Radio Station and New York Concert Review calls Allison "one of the most refined and artistic players for her age and perhaps any age." Allison received the Evgeny Kissin Grand Prize award at the Rosalyn Tureck International Back Competition and was a top laureate at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition, and the San Jose International Piano Competition.
Allison studies piano at Opus 119 Conservatory of Music with Ariel Yang and Ethan Dong. She is a 10th grade student at Pacific Academy in Irvine, California. Her mentors include William Nabore of Lake Como International Piano Academy, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Stanislav Loudenitch, and Mary Ann Cummins from the Crossroads School. She has worked with Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun Form New England Conservatory, Menahem Pressler from Indiana University, Ann Schien from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, as well as Boris Berman from Yale University.

Photos from Past Youth Concerts

The Southern California Philharmonic is pleased to sponsor youth artist performances from some of the most talented young musicians in California. Here you'll find just a sampling of photos from past events.

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