Past Promising Young Artist Winners

Jonathan Mamora, 2013 1st Place Winner

Jonathan Mamora is a freshman music/pred-med major at La Sierra University. He is involved with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, La Sierra University Chamber Singers and Chorale, and student chamber groups. He also participate in student-led praise adn worship teams on campus. He is currently studying with Elvin Rodríguez.

Mamora received 1st place for the the 2013 Promising Young Artist. He was invited to perform with the La Sierra University Orchestra in May of 2013 during their Spring Concert. Mamora was one of eight pianists during the “Piano Extravaganza: One Night, Four Pianos, Eight Pianists" event in October of 2012, performing Smetna's compositions for two and four pianos.

Meggie Evans, 2013 2nd Place Winner

Meggie Evans is a freshman music performance/pre-med major. She has been studying violin for 12 years and clarinet for seven years. She is a member of the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, La Sierra University Orchestra, and La Sierra University clarinet quartet.

Evans received 2nd place during the 2013 Promising Young Artist Competition. She graduated from Loma Linda Academy and was very active in their music department.

Evans is enjoying her time on campus. She encourages students to apply and participate in this scholarship opportunity. “Participating in music during college may seem like a lot but it offers one a healthy outlet for stress and provides an opportunity to meet new people and experience awesomeness.”

Trace Huang, 2012 1st Place Winner

Pianist and violinist Trace Huang, has been taking private lessons for both the piano and violin since age six. Since age nine, she has been performing and competing in her hometown, Wisconsin. In 2007, Huang moved to Irvine, California, and continued pursuing her musical career. In 2012, she was the recipient of the first Promising Young Artist Scholarship Competition and received 1st Place with a scholarship of $10,000. She is a second year music major working on her Bachelor of Arts in music. She is also a part of the student teaching staff of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts

Huang finds profound interest in the piano. In 2010, she participated in the Bicentennial Los Angeles Liszt International Competition and won several local competitions, such as the MTAC State Piano Solo Competition. Although she narrowed her musical focus to violin after 2012, Huang continues to enjoy playing and performing both classical and pop piano.

As a violinist, Huang participates in various chamber groups. During her high school years, she played violin in the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra with conductor Maxim Eshkenazy and also became a dedicated violinist of the Junior Chamber Music Program. She and her trio won several competitions, including the 2010 American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) International Competition, and the Vocalist, Orchestral Instrumentalists, Chamber Music (VOCE) State Competition. The trio was invited to perform in Carnegie Weill Hall in New York City and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Huang was accepted to La Sierra University for violin in 2012. She has been playing concertmaster and principal second violinist of the La Sierra University Orchestra since her freshman year.

She studied piano with Irmgard Bittar and Ethan Dong. She studied violin with Cynthia Bittar, Rictor Noren, and Nobu Lu. She currently studies with Professor Jason Uyeyama.

Victoria Belliard, 2012 2nd Place Winner

Victoria Nicole Belliard is a sophomore, music-violin performance major at La Sierra University. She began studying violin at the age of 7. Victoria currently studies under Professor Jason Uyeyama but has received instruction from Todor Pelev, Bonnie Bell, Ian Swensen, and Martin Chalifour. Her orchestra experience includes playing first violin in the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, the University of Redlands Youth Symphony, Cal State San Bernardino symphony and the La Sierra University orchestra. She has soloed with the New England Youth Ensemble, Canadian University College, University of Redlands Youth Symphony and the Cal State San Bernardino symphony. Victoria won second place in the La Sierra Promising Young Artist Scholarship Competition in 2012. In her free time Victoria enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, soccer and reading.

"What I love most about being at La Sierra University and the music department is that it is a friendly environment, with high standards. It is small enough that your professors know you and have time to help you. But it is also very well connected, so there a lot of big opportunities and ways to get involved," Belliard says with a smile. She continues saying "Just do it. You won't regret it. Even if you aren't a music major, being involved in the music ensembles can be therapeutic and a good change from studying. Being involved in music will make you a more well rounded student and open up a lot of awesome opportunities."