The KAMSA Competition

The KAMSA Competition is held by the Korean-American Music Supporters’ Association and is open to young pre-college musicians in the following instrument and age categories (age as of January 11, 2020):

Violin SoloElementaryAges 9 to 11
JuniorAges 12 to 14
SeniorAges 15 to 18
Viola Solo
(No Elementary)
JuniorAges 12 to 14
SeniorAges 15 to 18
Cello SoloElementaryAges 9 to 11
JuniorAges 12 to 14
SeniorAges 15 to 18
Piano SoloPrimaryAges 8 and under
ElementaryAges 9 to 11
JuniorAges 12 to 14
SeniorAges 15 to 18
(No Elementary)
JuniorAges 12 to 14
SeniorAges 15 to 18

The competition will be held according to the following schedule:

  • Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 (Strings / Wind-Brass)
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 (Piano)
  • Place: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara
  • Winners: Announced on Sunday, January 13, 2020
  • Award Ceremony & Winner’s Recital: 7pm, Saturday, January 18, 2020

The following awards and certificates will be presented to top performers in each category:

  • 1st Place: $200 Prize and Certificate, Performance at the Winner’s Recital
  • 2nd Place: $100 Prize and Certificate
  • 3rd Place: $50 Prize and Certificate
  • Honorable Mention: Certificate

The repertoire and time limit are as follows:

  • Solo Category: Contestants must select two contrasting pieces from different music periods. One of the two pieces must be from either Baroque or Classical period. Repeats are not necessary.

  • Please contact KAMSA for pre-approval if your piece does not meet the time restrictions specified below.

  • PianoCello / Violin
    Primarymax 6 mins totalN/A
    Elementarymin 5 mins / max 8 mins totalmin 6 mins / max 10 mins total
    Juniormin 7 mins / max 10 mins totalmin 8 mins / max 12 mins total
    Seniormin 9 mins / max 12 mins totalmin 10 mins / max 14 mins total
  • Viola / Wind-Brass
    Juniormin 7 mins / max 12 mins total
    Seniormin 9 mins / max 14 mins total

To apply, please send in the following:

  • Completed Application Form
    (download the Solo Competition Application Form)
  • Application Fee: $100 (for application postmarked on or before 12/24/19)
    Late application Fee: $125 (for application postmarked after 12/24/19)
    (all instruments, non-refundable, check payable to KAMSA)
  • Proof of Age
    (photocopy of driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate)

Mail to:

  • KAMSA Competition (c/o YS Shin)
    1044 Bentoak Lane, San Jose, CA 95129


  • Regular: December 24, 2019 (postmarked)
    Late: January 2, 2020 (postmarked)

Please send emails to KAMSA.INFO@GMAIL.COM if you have any questions.

  1. Decisions by the judges are final.
  2. Judges may stop the music before the end of a piece or ask the contestant to begin from any point in the piece.
  3. The repertoire must be performed from memory. (Even if an exception is granted for a piece longer than the maximum time limit, the repertoire must be performed from memory.) The contestant must memorize the entire repertoire since the judges may ask the contestant to play any part.
  4. The repertoire must be in the original form. No rearrangement is allowed.
  5. The repertoire cannot be changed after the application has been submitted.
  6. Contestants are required to bring original music that has not been photocopied.
  7. Judges reserve the right to declare no winners if contestants do not meet the necessary standard.
  8. The 1st place winners must perform at the Winner’s Recital in order to receive their awards.
  9. The 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention must be present at the Winner’s Recital in order to receive their awards.
  10. In the event of a tie, each winner will share the prize.
  11. The past 1st Place winner cannot register again for the same age instrument category.
  12. KAMSA will decide the performance piece for each performer from their competition repertoire for the Winner’s Recital.
  13. By submitting the application, the contestant gives KAMSA permission to record, use, duplicate, distribute, and/or modify creatively, derivative works for public display of the contestant's performance in the competition.
  14. By submitting the application, the contestant waives any and all claims or actions against KAMSA and its judges, directors and volunteers that may arise from competitor's participation in the competition.

The 2019 KAMSA Competition Winners


  • Violin
  • 1st: Sean Mori
  • 2nd: Melody Gawon Choi
  • 3rd: Hanoom Lee
  • 3rd: Ajay Mallya

  • Cello
  • 1st: Shawn Hsu
  • 2nd: Tiffanie Huang
  • Honorable Mention: Garrett Blosen
  • Honorable Mention: Ellie Chae

  • Viola
  • 1st: Philemon Wong
  • 2nd: Subin Lee
  • 2nd: Christopher Oh
  • Honorable Mention: Sihyun Jeon

  • Winds
  • 1st: Juwon Park (Clarinet)
  • 2nd: Brenden Oh (Oboe)

  • Piano
  • 1st: Derek Lim
  • 2nd: Daniel Man
  • 3rd: Ashley Chen
  • 3rd: Joshua Yoon
  • Honorable Mention: Jocelyn Horng
  • Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Qu


  • Violin
  • 1st: Theodore Pan
  • 2nd: Jeongmin Kim
  • 3rd: Ellen Kim

  • Cello
  • 1st: Katherine Lee
  • 1st: Jennifer Mori
  • 2nd: Yining Sun
  • 3rd: Caleb Chou
  • Honorable Mention: Eliana Shin
  • Honorable Mention: Fiona Faye Tsang

  • Viola
  • 1st: Je-Won Im
  • 2nd: Sarah Ryu
  • 3rd: Jiwho Kwun

  • Piano
  • 1st: Yejin Song
  • 2nd: Eurie Seo
  • 2nd: William Zhang
  • 3rd: Justin Cho
  • 3rd: Ziyue Zeng
  • Honorable Mention: Edi Du
  • Honorable Mention: Rebecca Gao
  • Honorable Mention: Samuel Li
  • Honorable Mention: Riyana Srihari


  • Violin
  • 1st: Zachary Pan
  • 2nd: Ella Jeon
  • 3rd: Joshua Kim

  • Cello
  • Honorable Mention: Kaela Lam

  • Piano
  • 1st: Brian Lin
  • 2nd: Chloe Ding
  • 2nd: Celicia Thendean
  • 3rd: Liliana Chai
  • 3rd: Aidan Kwon
  • Honorable Mention: Daniel Chen
  • Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Horng
  • Honorable Mention: Harry Jo
  • Honorable Mention: Meining Wu


  • Piano
  • 1st: Sora Corro
  • 2nd: Kirk Kang
  • Honorable Mention: Hiroshi Corro
  • Honorable Mention: Nicolette Ledford
  • Honorable Mention: Annika Valdez
  • Honorable Mention: Lynn Ueno