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

Violinist and pianist Trace Huang has been taking private lessons for both the piano and the violin since the age of six. He is currently completing his undergraduate studies at La Sierra University as a Music B.A. and Pre-Medicine Major. Since age nine, he has been performing and competing in his hometown, Wisconsin. In 2007, Trace moved to Irvine, California, and continued to pursue his musical career. In 2012, he was the recipient of the first Promising Young Artist Scholarship Competition and received 1st Place with a scholarship of $10,000. Trace was accepted to La Sierra University for violin, and is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts. He is also a part of the student teaching staff of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts of La Sierra University.

Trace finds profound interest in the piano. At a young age, Trace enjoyed competing and performing locally. In 2010, he participated in the Bicentennial Los Angeles Liszt International Competition. He has also won several local competitions, including the MTAC State Piano Solo Competition in 2009. Although he narrowed his musical focus to violin after 2012, Trace still continues to play and perform on the piano. 

As a violinist, Trace participates in various chamber groups. During his high school years, he was a violinist of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra under conductor Maxim Eshkenazy. He is also a dedicated violinist of the Junior Chamber Music Program. His trio has won several competitions, including the 2010 American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) International Competition in 2010, and the Vocalist, Orchestral Instrumentalists, Chamber Music (VOCE) State Competition in 2012. His trio was invited to perform in Carnegie Weill Hall in New York City, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and in various countries such as Estonia, Finland, and Russia. Trace was accepted to La Sierra University for violin in 2012, and has been playing concertmaster and principal 2nd violinist of the La Sierra University Orchestra since his freshman year. 

He studied piano with Irmgard Bittar and Ethan Dong. Violin teachers include Cynthia Bittar, Rictor Noren, Nobu Lu, and currently, 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."