Piano students from Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music have been busy proving their talents this month. First, under the direction of Dr. Grace Fong, sophomore Crystal Mo won the piano category in the annual American Fine Arts Festival Competition. As a result, she was invited to performed at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York on December 11, 2017.

Pianist Crystal Mo

Chapman pianist Crystal Mo (’20) performs at the annual American Fine Arts Festival competition.


Closer to home, Chapman University hosted the 2017 Orange County Branch Theme Festival on December 9 and 10.  Several Chapman pianists took home impressive awards in the festival’s Classical Era competition:

WINNER:   Isabelle Lee
SILVER:   Jasmine Son
BRONZE:   Erica Phung   (freshman, student of Dr. Grace Fong)
ALTERNATE:   Victoria Chen
RIBBON:   Monica Torreblanca
  Annabelle Nguyen
  Catherine Garrett
  Cassidi Choi
WINNER:   Tessa Shune (freshman, student of Dr. Grace Fong)
SILVER:   Bibo Feng & My Tran        (junior)
BRONZE:   Reuel Hon & Rosa Son (freshman, student of Dr. Grace Fong)
ALTERNATE:   Ashley Shahbazi ’17 (alumna, student of Dr. Janice Park)
ALTERNATE:   Rafe Schaberg
RIBBON:   Jihye Park
  Catherine Garrett
  Cassidi Choi
WINNER:   Hsiao-chi Shih
SILVER:   Rong Pan
ALTERNATE:   Olivia Mello (sophomore, student of Dr. Grace Fong)

Finally, on Sunday, December 10, the winners were invited to perform in the Winner’s Recital. Most notable, Tessa Shune won the grand prize of $300 for Division IV (divisions 10-12). Congratulations to all of our pianists!