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.

Apply Here!

Please submit your application here!


To complete your application successfully, please be sure to pay the application fee at the final stage of application.

The 2020 KAMSA Competition Winners


  • Violin
  • 1st: Mathew Sakiyama
  • 2nd: Jennifer Son
  • 3rd: Victoria Lee
  • Honorable Mention: Heejee Yoon

  • Cello
  • 1st: Garrett Blosen
  • 2nd: Kotomi Inaba
  • 3rd: Eunice Cho
  • 3rd: Angela Ji

  • Viola
  • 1st: No Winner
  • 2nd: Brian La
  • 2nd: Christopher Oh
  • 3rd: Sean Lee
  • Honorable Mention: Sihyun Jeon

  • Winds
  • 1st: Siheon Park
  • 2nd: Jaehoon Kim
  • 3rd: Eileen Lee
  • Honorable Mention: Chloe Jeon

  • Piano
  • 1st: Spencer Cha
  • 2nd: Riley Kong
  • 2nd: Jonathan Park
  • 3rd: Hanqi Wang
  • Honorable Mention: Ashley Chen
  • Honorable Mention: Chanelle Chu


  • Violin
  • 1st: Hiro Yoshimura
  • 2nd: Roger Chen
  • 3rd: Erin Tsui
  • Honorable Mention: Jeongmin Kim

  • Cello
  • 1st: Elliott Kim
  • 2nd: Joel Kim
  • 2nd: Daniel Yoon
  • 3rd: Jasper Lee
  • 3rd: Grace Yang
  • Honorable Mention: Yutae Jung
  • Honorable Mention: Haoran Li
  • Honorable Mention: Leyuan Zhang

  • Viola
  • 1st: Jiwho Kwun
  • 2nd: Bomin Kim
  • 2nd: Chanhee Park
  • 3rd: Andrew Hwang

  • Winds
  • 1st: Juhye Oh
  • 2nd: Caroline Kao
  • 3rd: Michelle Kuan
  • Honorable Mention: Stella Su

  • Piano
  • 1st: Jeston Lu
  • 2nd: Jinna Lee
  • 2nd: Brian Lin
  • 3rd: Yueqi Gao
  • Honorable Mention: Vivian Kao
  • Honorable Mention: Vivian Wang
  • Honorable Mention: Irene Zhang


  • Violin
  • 1st: Sebastian Tsai
  • 2nd: Junnosuke Yanagisawa
  • 3rd: Shonna Foo

  • Cello
  • 1st: Aiden Kim
  • 2nd: Ryan Lee

  • Piano
  • 1st: Meining Wu
  • 2nd: Sora Corro
  • 2nd: Jonathan Szeto
  • 3rd: Zoie Wang
  • Honorable Mention: Liliana Chai
  • Honorable Mention: Katelyn Deng
  • Honorable Mention: Chloe Ding
  • Honorable Mention: Rachel Xu


  • Piano
  • 1st: William Chen
  • 2nd: Grace Cao
  • 3rd: Hiroshi Corro
  • 3rd: Wilson Liu
  • Honorable Mention: Isabella Xue