2021 The KAMSA Competition

(Starting 2020, the winds/brass competition will be taking place every other year. There will be no winds/brass competition in 2021.)

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 17, 2021)

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

The competition will be held according to the following schedule:

  • Application/Fee/Videos: Due on January 17, 2021
  • Winners: Announced on February 17, 2021
  • Awards (Prizes and Certificates) will be mailed individually.

Video recording requirements:

  • Recorded after July 1, 2020
  • Video being neither too close nor too far
  • Violin, viola and cello including whole upper body, face, both hands, bow and instrument
  • Piano showing both hands on the keyboard and the pedals
  • Participant dressed in an appropriate manner
  • Accompanist visible (if there is one) in the video recording in the background
  • No editing of Video/Audio
  • Upload two videos separately on YouTube.com as “unlisted” and provide the video links in the registration form

Application will be open on November 15, 2020.

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

  • 1st Place: $200 Prize and Certificate, Performance video will be on KAMSA website in February 2021
  • 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. No repeats.

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

    PianoCello / ViolinViola
    PrimaryNo Time LimitN/AN/A
    Elementarymin 5 minutesmin 6 minutesN/A
    Juniormin 7 minutesmin 8 minutesmin 7 minutes
    Seniormin 9 minutesmin 10 minutesmin 9 minutes

To apply, please provide the following:

  • Submit Application, Fee, Videos and Required Documents via the link on KAMSA.org
  • Acceptable Proof of Age Document: Driver’s license, Passport, or Birth Certificate
  • Application Fee: $110

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

  1. Decisions by the judges are final.
  2. The repertoire must be performed/recorded in its entirety (with cadenza) from memory.
  3. The repertoire must be performed with an accompanist if it’s required/written to be played with the piano. (Due to newly advised COVID-19 stay at home orders, we accept the performance without accompanist )
  4. The repertoire must be in the original form. No rearrangement is allowed.
  5. The video and audio must not be edited.
  6. The repertoire cannot be changed after the application has been submitted.
  7. Judges reserve the right to declare no winners if contestants do not meet the necessary standard.
  8. In the event of a tie, the prize will be shared.
  9. “Judge Comments” regarding contestant’s performance will not be provided.
  10. A past 1st Place winner cannot register again for the same age instrument category.
  11. Awards (Prizes and Certificates) will be mailed individually.
  12. By submitting videos for the competition, the contestant gives KAMSA permission to duplicate, distribute, and modify the videos for public display of the contestant's performance for the competition.
  13. 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 2021 KAMSA Competition Winners


  • Elementary
  • 1st: Matthew Luh
  • 2nd: Lisa Saito
  • 3rd: Aaron Ma
  • Honorable Mention: Henna Lam

  • Junior
  • 1st: Yuli Choi
  • 2nd: Claire Lee
  • 3rd: Euisun Hong
  • Honorable Mention: Joshua Cisneros

  • Senior
  • 1st: Nicole Yun
  • 2nd: Cassandra May
  • 3rd: Mingye Wang
  • Honorable Mention: Milan Rohatgi


  • Junior
  • 1st: Andrew Hwang
  • 2nd: Michelle Koo
  • 3rd: Rebekah Sung
  • Honorable Mention: Bomin Kim

  • Senior
  • 1st: Jiwho Kwun
  • 2nd: Andrew Ahn
  • 3rd: Chanhee Park
  • Honorable Mention: Wyeth Minami


  • Elementary
  • 1st: Uma Rohatgi
  • 2nd: Emma Spence

  • Junior
  • 1st: Benjamin Jiang
  • 2nd: Huisun Hong
  • 3rd: Julianne Ma
  • Honorable Mention: Fiona Huang

  • Senior
  • 1st: Elliott Kim
  • 2nd: Katherine Lee
  • 3rd: Joel Kim
  • Honorable Mention: Eliana Shin


  • Primary
  • 1st: Andrew Yin
  • 2nd: Lynn Ueno
  • 3rd: Wilson Liu
  • Honorable Mention: Hiroshi Corro
  • Honorable Mention: Caroline Chen

  • Elementary
  • 1st: Katelyn Deng
  • 2nd: Isabella Xue
  • 3rd: Aidan Kwon
  • Honorable Mention: JiaJing Liang
  • Honorable Mention: Chloe Ding

  • Junior
  • 1st: Ryan Wang
  • 2nd: Ziyue Zeng
  • 3rd: Brian Lin
  • 3rd: Zoie Wang
  • Honorable Mention: Irene Zhang
  • Honorable Mention: Houyuan Niu
  • Honorable Mention: Aaron Tu

  • Senior
  • 1st: Nancy Zheng
  • 2nd: Yvan Grinspan
  • 3rd: Rebecca Gao
  • 3rd: Chelsia Kwon
  • Honorable Mention: Ethan D. Yu
  • Honorable Mention: Jason Louie
  • Honorable Mention: Jayna Myers
  • Honorable Mention: Erdenetangad Soronzonbold
  • Honorable Mention: Jinna Lee

The 2021 KAMSA competition winner's perfomance on 7pm, Sunday, February 28, 2021 ended successfully.
Thank you very much!