Nie Young Artist

Scholarship Competition 


In honor of Kuan-Yao Lam Nie and James K. Nie, Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra offers funds, mentorship, and a chance to play with TCCO during their summer concert season. Any student of string or piano who is from 8 to 18 years of age may enter. Scholarships are awarded in four categories: Beginners - $150 Winner/$75 Honorable Mention, Intermediate - $300 Winner/$150 Honorable Mention, Advanced - $500 Winner/$250 Honorable Mention, and Pre-collegiate - $700 Winner/$350 Honorable Mention.​

How to Apply

2022 Nie Young Artists Competition Auditions


Saturday, January 29, 2022  9:00 AM

Creekside  Music Academy, Beloit, WI  

Open to all String and Piano students and/or students of TCCO members.  Winners will present their pieces in performance on the Winners' Concert February 6, 2022 in Beloit.


Registration forms must be postmarked by Friday, January 14, 2022

Please note:  There have been some changes to repertoire requirements, and we are offering the option of submitting video in lieu of live performance, due to ongoing COVID concerns.  We do ask that students competing live be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test performed within a week of the competition.

2022 Forms

2021 Scholarship Winners

Vincent Garcia-Hettinger, Strings
Advanced Collegiate Winner
Lydia Weaver, Strings
Advanced Collegiate 2nd Place
James T. White, Strings
Intermediate 2nd Place
Sam Steurer, Strings
Elementary Winner
Elena Steurer, Strings
Intermediate Winner
Eric Funk, Strings
Advanced Collegiate 3rd Place
Noirin Dempsey, Piano
Intermediate Winner
Aaron Johnson, Piano
Advanced 2nd Place
Liam Jeninga, Piano
Advanced Winner
Jacqueline Chen, Piano
Intermediate 2nd Place
Helena Rozinsky, Piano
Elementary Winner
Cory Pontenberg, Piano
Tie - Elementary 2nd Place
Brayden Pontenberg, Piano
Tie - Elementary 2nd Place

2020 Scholarship Winners

Ben Davies-Hudson winner concerto string
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Monona Suzuki honorable mention concerto
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Dexter Mott honorable mention concerto s
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Elizabeth Kaszycki winner advance string
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Lorenz Fradin-Annen intermediate string
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Stephanie Hodges elementary string winne
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Zach Brumbaugh honorable mention advance
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Aleyna Yaylaci Intermediate piano winner
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Ben Davies-Hudson, Winner
Concerto Division
Monona Suzuki, Honorable Mention
Concerto Division
Dexter Mott, Honorable Mention
Concerto Division
Elizabeth Kaszycki, Winner
Advanced Strings
Lorenz Fradin-Annen, Winner
Intermediate Strings
Stephanie Hodges, Winner
Elementary Strings
Zach Brumbaugh, Honorable Mention
Advanced Piano
Aleyna Yaylaci, Winner
Intermediate Piano

2019 Scholarship Winners

Laura Caswell, Piano
Winner - Advanced
Sarah Pearl Anderson, Piano
Winner - Intermediate
Weston Holmes, Piano
Winner - Beginner
Ethan Hiemstra, Piano
Honorable Mention - Intermediate
Hadassah Grinvald, Piano
Honorable Mention - Advanced
Sarah Pearl Anderson, Strings
Annika Olson, Strings
Honorable Mention (Tied)
Elizabeth Kaszycki, Strings
Honorable Mention (Tied)
Aleyna Yaylaci, Piano
Honorable Mention - Beginner