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Cornell Concerto Competition

Rehearsal Schedule (This is closed to the public)

Saturday, December 14, 2013 -

  • 9:00-9:30 am - Serim An /BB, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 1st mvt
  • 9:30-10:00 am - Daniel Cho /BB, Dvorak Cello Concerto 1st mvt
  • 10:00-10:30 am - Rachael Comunale /Siu Yan Luk, Lalo Symphonie Espagnol 1st mvt
  • 10:30-11:00 am - HaeSoo Cheon /Mengfei Xu, Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3

  • 1:30-2:00 pm - Ji Min Yang /JP, Korngold Violin Concerto 1st mvt
  • 2:00-2:30 pm - Jonathan Park /JP, Khachaturian Violin Concerto
  • 2:30-3:00 pm - Jeffrey C Lu /BB, Mozart Concerto No 21 1st mvt
  • 3:00-3:30 pm - Greg Rosenthal /BB, Gershwin Concerto in F 3rd mvt

First Round Schedule (free and open to the public)

10th Annual Cornell Concerto Competition in Barnes Hall Sunday, December 15, 2013 -
  • 1:00-1:15 pm - Jonathan Park /JP, Khachaturian Violin Concerto
  • 1:15-1:30 pm - Ji Min Yang /JP, Korngold Violin Concerto 1st mvt
  • 1:30-1:45 pm - Serim An /BB, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 1st mvt
  • 1:45-2:00 pm - Daniel Cho /BB, Dvorak Cello Concerto 1st mvt
  • 2:00-2:15 pm - HaeSoo Cheon /Mengfei Xu, Saint Saens Concerto No. 3
  • break
  • 2:30-2:45 pm - Rachael Comunale /Siu Yan Luk, Lalo Symphonie Espagnol 1st mvt
  • 2:45-3:00 pm - Greg Rosenthal /BB, Gershwin Concerto in F 3rd mvt
  • 3:00-3:15 pm - Jeffrey C Lu /BB, Mozart Concerto No 21 1st mvt

4:00-6:30 pm rehearsal for finalists

The final round will be held at 8pm in Barnes Hall.

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General Information

The Tenth Annual Concerto Competition will be held on Sunday, December 15th, 2013 in Barnes Hall. The competition is free and open to the public. If you're interested in participating, please read the information on this page.

Competition Guidelines


The winner will perform with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra on Friday, March 7, 2014.


All currently enrolled undergraduate students from any Cornell college and in any major may participate. Must be studying privately with a Cornell music faculty member or visiting lecturer.


The competition is open to all orchestral instruments, as well as guitar, saxophone, piano, and voice.


It is important that the studio teacher and the student know ahead of time what the goal or goals of the student's audition will be. The competition itself can serve either or both of two functions:

  1. An opportunity to audition for a distinguished panel of professional musicians from the Ithaca area. To fulfill this purpose, the student and teacher are free to select a piece best suited to the student's education in the long run, provided the piece adheres to the rules of the competition.
  2. An opportunity to play a solo with the Symphony Orchestra. If a student truly desires to win the competition, he or she—in consultation with the teacher—must take into account the following considerations:

    • The orchestra part must be within performance reach of the orchestra. No matter how excellent the student performance, if the piece is not playable by CSO, it will not be programmed.
    • The piece should be as highly polished as possible. The judges will not take into account the student's ability or potential to play well, nor will they take into account the difficulty of the piece, only the quality of the actual performance.
    • It is absolutely critical that each student have sufficient rehearsal with his or her accompanist. Since the winners will have to perform with an orchestra after very limited rehearsal time, they will need to be very familiar with the accompaniment. The judges will be looking for indications of the student's level of comfort in this area.
    • Since it will be impossible to reconvene all of the judges, there will be no effective make-up date or appeals process; the decision of the judges on the day of the audition will be final.

CSO strongly encourages students to rely on their private teachers' experience and judgment when choosing a piece to play for the competition. Teachers who have questions are encouraged to contact CSO directors directly.


A selection not to exceed 15 minutes of a major work for soloist and orchestra, only single movement or single movement of a larger work is acceptable. Memorization is mandatory.

You must provide your own accompanist.


The appliation is now closed.

2013 Participants

Jeffrey C. Lu

Jeffrey C. Lu

Jeffrey C. Lu is a fifth year student in the architecture program. While he has been classically trained in piano, flute, and guitar since the age of 5, this will be the first time he has ever played a fortepiano. His dream is to one day design and build concert halls around the world. He has studied piano and fortepiano under Blaise Bryski throughout his Cornell career.

Greg Rosenthal

Greg Rosenthal

Greg Rosenthal started playing piano at age 7 with Julie Christian and joined the studio of Amy Heyman at age 11. He won the Syracuse Symphony Concerto Competition in 2011 and performed Gershwin’s Concerto in F: III Alegro agitato with the Symphony. In 2013 Greg played with the New York All-State Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Piano Showcase. Currently he is studying with David Friend. Greg is a freshman at Cornell and is planning on majoring in mathematics and tentatively computer science. Additionally, Greg plays jazz piano and the cello.

Rachael Comunale

Rachael Comunale

Rachael Comunale has been playing the violin since age 6, but she began seriously studying when she joined the New England Conservator Preparatory School in middle school. As a senior in high school, she performed Mozart Violin Concerto in A Major with the Ipswich High School orchestra. Currently, she is studying with Ariana Kim. Rachael is a senior history and government double major.

HaeSoo Cheon

HaeSoo Cheon

HaeSoo Cheon is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a double major in Psychology and Asian Studies and a minor in business. HaeSoo began playing violin at age nine and started taking private lessons one year later. She studied with Levon Zarasian in Scottsdale, AZ for five years before coming to Cornell where she was under the instruction of Juliana Athayde her freshman year and served as concertmaster of the Cornell Chamber Orchestra. She currently studies with Ariana Kim.

Daniel Cho

Daniel Cho

Daniel Cho is a freshman in the college of Arts and Science majoring in biology for pre-med and minoring in business. He began playing the cello at the age of five with Kyung Park in Buffalo, NY for over thirteen year. Daniel is now studying under the instruction of John Haines-Eitzen here at Cornell. Daniel won the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra where he performed the 1st mvt. of the Dvorak cello concerto. Daniel is currently in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra as co-principal cellist.

Serim An

Serim An

Serim An, a student of Professor Xak Bjerken, is studying biology in Arts and Sciences. Serim has studied piano since the age of five at the Academy for Gifted Young Musicians of Seoul Art Center and the Settlement Music School in Willow Grove, PA, as a scholarship student. She received the 2012 Muzio Clementi Award from Finchcocks Musical Museum of early pianos in England. In 2013, she performed the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor with the Ambler Symphony as a winner of the Menges Scholarship. She was also a member of the Myer Schwartz Piano Trio for two years.

Ji Min Yang

Ji Min Yang

Ji Min Yang has been playing the violin since the age of 7. She studied violin with Namyoon Kim at the pre-college program at the Korea National University of Art for two years. She has given several solo concerts with numerous professional and amateur orchestras. Currently, She is studying with Ariana Kim at Cornell.

Jonathan Park

Jonathan Park

Jonathan Park is a senior at Cornell studying Psychology and Music. Originally from Overland Park, KS, Jonathan began violin instruction at the age of 4 under Holly Fagan, and later Tiberius Klausner, former Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys cooking, watching movies, and writing music. He hopes to be able to own a dog someday soon.

2012 Winner (article on the Cornell Chronicle about the final round in 2012)

Vikram Potdar

Vikram Potdar has been playing piano since the age of 9. In the Research Triangle area of NC, he has given several solo concerts comprising pieces such as the Liszt B-minor sonata, Balakirev’s Islamey and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, and performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with his high school orchestra. He began seriously studying piano with Victor Recondo in Chapel Hill, NC, in 2007. Currently he is studying with Cornell Professor Xak Bjerken. Academically, Vikram was valedictorian of his high school and is on the Dean’s Honor List, majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Judges for 2013

Roger Moseley

As scholar, teacher, and pianist, Roger Moseley focuses on intersections between the musical disciplines of history, theory, and performance. His interests range from the music of Brahms, on which he wrote his PhD dissertation at the University of California, Berkeley, to music-based video games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and from eighteenth-century keyboard improvisation to technologies of musical (re)production.

In his current book project, Between Work and Play: Technologies of Musical Recreation from Mozart to Nintendo, Moseley examines how a diverse array of musical phenomena can be understood as (pre)texts and practices that manifest and enable musical playfulness. His research aims to help establish an agenda for ludomusicology—the study of music as play—that complements and challenges the work-based approach characteristic of much scholarly treatment of Western art music. At the same time, the geographical and chronological scope of his investigations enables him to forge new connections between historical musicology, ethnomusicology, media studies, and other disciplines.

Prior to his arrival at Cornell in 2010, Moseley lectured in music history and theory at the University of Chicago. From 2004-2007 he was a Junior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford, and in 2007 he was awarded an MMus with Distinction in Collaborative Piano from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. At Cornell, he teaches undergraduate courses in music history and theory, and recently held a graduate seminar on virtuosity in nineteenth-century music.

In 2011-12, Moseley will be a Faculty Fellow at Cornell's Society for the Humanities, where he will offer a seminar on ludo-sonic technologies from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. More information on Moseley's activities and recordings of his performances and improvisations are available at

James Spinazzola

James Spinazzola is currently a Post-Doctoral Associate and Assistant Director of Orchestras at Cornell University, where his responsibilities have also included directorship roles in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz areas. Prior to his appointment at Cornell, he served as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities at the University of Indianapolis, and Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech University. A musician comfortable in many settings, James is active as a clinician and guest conductor of wind ensembles, orchestras, and jazz ensembles throughout the United States. As a saxophonist, he has recorded for the Mark Custom label, and he continues to perform in both jazz and classical venues. He is also a proficient arranger and writer, and his work is published by Boosey & Hawkes, GIA, and Scarecrow Press. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, James holds degrees from Duquesne University (BM), the University of Colorado (MM), and Louisiana State University (DMA). In addition to his musical pursuits, he maintains a stringed instrument bowmaking and bow repair shop, and in that capacity he is privileged to serve numerous student and professional musicians.


Contact Chris Kim at or 607-225-8614.

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