June 26, 2012
By Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (www.lasierra.edu) Teen violinists Tiffany Huang and Victoria Belliard each practice as much as 10 hours a week and have already racked up music competition wins with their talent.
On May 18 they added a couple more awards to the list with first and second place scholarships during La Sierra University’s inaugural Performing Young Artist Festival and Competition. The funds will help pay the students’ tuition at La Sierra this fall when they enroll as music majors.
The Performing Young Artist Competition, held at Hole Memorial Auditorium offered upwards of $16,000 in scholarships and cash prizes. The event’s first and second place scholarship prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 respectively are among the university’s largest awards and are intended to defray La Sierra tuition costs.
The competition involved students from regional high schools and academies performing 15-minute auditions. In the end, a judging panel of music department faculty awarded Huang, a student at University High School in Irvine first place along with a $500 cash prize, and Belliard second place and a $350 prize. Belliard is a student at Dikaois Christian Academy in San Bernardino and a member of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra.
Huang, who studies violin with La Sierra’s Director of String Studies Jason Uyeyama, performed the Max Bruch “Violin Concerto” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Violin Concerto in A.” Belliard performed the second movement of Henryk Wieniawski’s “Violin concerto No.2; Romance,” and the first movement of Samuel Barber’s “Violin Concerto.”
Huang learned of the competition through Uyeyama and Belliard through an orchestra friend’s father. Both students look forward to studying music at La Sierra.
“I feel like of all the colleges and universities I applied to, La Sierra provides the best environment for me to not only continue pursuing my numerous passions, but to also grow into a person with great values and perspectives,” said Huang. She plans to study medicine in the future while maintaining her musical interests.