Symphony of Westchester’s 25th Concert Season Continues with Young Artists Showcase

New Rochelle, NY, February 6, 2023 –The Symphony of Westchester (SOW) continues its 25rd concert season with the help of some bright young stars. On Sunday, February 12, at 3pm, the group’s annual Young Artists Showcase will be held at Iona University.

The concert will showcase the six winners of SOW’s 8th annual concerto competition, which was open to students from elementary through high school. We had a distinguished panel of adjudicators who decided on the top six contestants. All students who audition received written comments on various aspects of their playing ability.

Symphony of Westchester is proud to announce the six winners, listed below. Each will perform a movement of a Baroque or early Classical concerto during the February 12 concert.

Nickita Zhang, violinist

First prize winner

Gia Lin, violinist

Second prize winner

Aaron Liu, pianist

Third prize winner

Michael Stoica, flutist

Fourth prize winner

Isaiah Shin, violinist

Fifth prize winner

Serena Li, cellist

Sixth prize winner (one of two)

Zoe Fong and Ella Whang, cellists

Sixth prize winner (one of two)

(More information and high-resolution photos of the winners attached)

“These young musicians provide a hope for the future of the performing arts,” says Symphony of Westchester Founder and Artistic Director Barry Charles Hoffman. “It is an honor to celebrate their achievements and enjoy a showcase of their incredible talents.”

Students were able to audition as vocalists or instrumentalists, with the first place winner receiving a cash award of $500, second place winning $250 and third place winning $100.

Barry Charles Hoffman is available for interviews to speak about the company’s 25th season, its history of bringing world-class music to Westchester, and its goals for the future.

All of the Symphony of Westchester’s concerts take place at Iona University’s Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium at 715 North Ave., New Rochelle.

General admission and seniors: $20
Students (college-aged and younger): $10

Single tickets and subscriptions are available online: or by phone: (914) 654-4926. More information is available on the Symphony of Westchester’s website or by emailing

This season is sponsored in part by the Iona University Council on the Arts through the generosity of JoAnn and Joseph M. Murphy and the Baron Lambert Fund. 

The Symphony of Westchester is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County Government with the support of County Executive Director George Latimer.

Full Details: Symphony of Westchester’s 25th Season

About The Symphony of Westchester

The Symphony of Westchester is a professional orchestra of from 60 – 70 musicians giving a series of four separate concerts at Iona College in New Rochelle. We are known for our first rate and inspiring performances, world class soloists, commissioning and premiering of new works and exemplary outreach programs. Audio clips of our recent performances are accessible on our website. Our Annual Outreach programs include: Jazz Institute for Homeless Children ( 18 consecutive years ) at the Coachman Family Center in White Plains, Composers of the Future in collaboration with New Rochelle’s Songcatchers ( 13 consecutive years), and our most recent annual program – Student Concerto Competition in collaboration with The Hoff-Barthelson Music School of Scarsdale. Ticket prices for single admission are: General Admission – $50, Seniors ( over 65 – $35 and Students – $15.