Chalk Talk: El Monte Union High School District Every Student, Every Minute, Every Day

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

Rosemead High Student

Winner in YoungArts Competition

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

Rosemead High School senior Viola Chan has been selected as a winner (for flute) in the YoungArts National Music Competition.  YoungArts “identifies and supports the next generation of artists, and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts.”
“I am extremely proud and pleased that Viola was selected by YoungArts as a winner in this prestigious national competition,” said Ruth Morris Gray, Rosemead High School music department chair.  “Viola is a brilliant and hardworking performer who embraces artistry and accuracy with a maturity beyond her years.”
Chan, who has been studying the flute under the direction of former principal flutist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Bolin Pan, and Professor James Walker of the USC Woodwind Department, is currently the principal flutist of the Olympia Youth Orchestra and co-principal of the Colburn Youth Orchestra.  This past summer, Chan was featured as a solo flutist with members of the Youth Symphony Orchestra while on tour in China.  She is also student director and alto section leader of the Rosemead High School Chamber Singers.   Her other accolades include a first place win in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival (flute and voice categories), grand prize in the third annual Concerto Competition for Young Artists of the Mount St. Mary’s College where she was a featured soloist with the Mount Orchestra.   She has been a first place winner in the annual High School Flute Competition of the Cal State University Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and a recipient of the Young Musicians Foundation scholarship.  Chan was chosen to perform in a master class event held by Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway at the Colburn School and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening night gala concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Her other interests include making jewelry and clay figures, painting and beatboxing.
Chan has been invited to participate in YoungArts Los Angeles later this month “where  approximately 100 YoungArts winners in the visual, literary, performing and design arts will take part in a week-long program working with masters in their field.  These talented young artists will then present their work through a photography and visual arts exhibition, a jazz performance, writers’ readings and film screenings, a multidisciplinary performance and music concert at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.”
“Besides being an outstanding musician, Viola is a generous and caring person who gets along well with her peers,” added Gray.  “She is highly motivated in her academic studies and is respected by her teachers.”
“We are very proud of Viola and her many accomplishments,” said Rosemead High School Principal Dr. Brian Bristol.  “We wish her great success at YoungArts Los Angeles later this month.”

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