~ Congratulations to TWO WPMA students won top prizes! 3.10.2019 ~
Cello student Evan Nicholson (10th grade at Paideia School) won the 2019 Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra concerto competition! Evan will play the 1st movement of the Dvorak Concerto with the EYSO in both Nashville and Atlanta concerts in May.
Piano student Grace Peng (9th grade at Northview HS) won the 1st place in the High School division of the Atlanta Music Club Competition! Grace was awarded a $2000 scholarship.
Bravo to Evan’s teacher Dr. Martin Gueorguiev and Grace’s teacher Dr. Raffi Besalyan 👏 🌹 at William Pu Music Academy!
~ Mr. William Pu received Who’s Who in Asian American Communities (WWAAC) National Spotlight Award and was interviewed by CNN former anchor, Sashi Koto. 2.17.2019 ~
~ Georgia Music Teacher Association Fall Festival Competition Winners ~
All 20 students who competed got a Superior rating! Also, special congratulations to the seven students who received a special Performance/Romantic (money) Award: Sanjana Arumugham, Angela Yu, Riya Saravanan, Jaxon Lou, Mack Walrath, Jessica Wang and Christopher Lucas.
~ 2018 Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition Winners ~
Congratulations to the Tuna Quintet ~ the grand prize winner of the 2018 Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition (high school division)! Five members of the Tuna Quintet, Monica Chang (violin), John Cho (viola), Adam Wang (cello), Alex Pu (bass) and Carson Lee (piano) are currently studying at William Pu Music Academy. They performed Schubert “Trout” Quintet today.
Also congratulations to two other WPMA students, Grace Peng (piano) and Cal Wrath (cello)! Their groups won the middle school division 1st & 2nd prize respectively.
~ Osaka International Music Competition U.S. Regional Winners ~
Congratulations to Grace Peng (13) and graduating senior Carson Lee, piano students of Dr. Raffi Besalyan at WPMA for winning 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the inaugural U.S. Regional Osaka International Music Competition held on May 12 in Kopleff Recital Hall at GSU. As top prize winners Grace and Carson were selected to compete in the Grand Final round of the Osaka International Music Competition in Japan this coming fall.
~ 2018 GMTA Competition Winners ~
We are extremely delighted and so honored to introduce a collection of 12 beautiful and talented students from the William Pu Music Academy who have won 16 awards at 2018 Georgia Music Teacher Association (GMTA) Competition!
Congratulations ??? to…
Winner of 10-11th grade division –
1st Alternate of Instrumental Concerto
Kirsten Jiwon Lee (violin)
Evans Nicholson (cello) Instrumental Concerto
Zhimei Xu (violin) Instrumental Concerto
Evans Nicholson (cello) 8-9th grade division.
Award of Excellence
Adam Wang (cello) Instrumental Concerto
Kate “Sunny” Kim (violin) 6-7 grade division.
Matthew Kim (cello) 8-9th grade division.
Adam Wang (cello) 10-11th grade division.
Serena Gao (violin) Instrumental Concerto
Mahalia Mason (cello) 4-5 grade division.
Emma Surbrook (cello) 8-9 grade division.
Alexander Lee (cello) 8-9 grade division.
Suraj Mysore (cello) 8-9 grade division.
Zhimei Xu (violin) 10-11th grade division.
Joe Billips (cello) 12th grade division.
Bravo to their teachers, Dr. Martin Gueorguiev, Dr. Justin Dougherty and Mr. Pu’s excellent teaching! ???
Congratulations to WPMA piano students who competed and won awards at the NFMTA (North Fulton Music Teacher Association) Fall Festival!
Fayo Akinsanmi — Superior Award
Tomi Akinsanmi — Superior Award
Jason Lou — Superior Award
Isabella Reulbach — Superior Award
Jessica Wang — Superior Award
Special Congratulations to Money Award Receiver:
Heng Yang — Superior & Baroque Performance Award
Christopher Lucas — Suprior & Performance Award
Ariel Najarian — Superior & Performance Award
Congratulations to WPMA students Zach Tseng and Evan Nicholson for winning the 1st and 2nd prizes (Winner and Alternate) at the 2016-2017 MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Georgia State String Performance Competition Junior Category (age 11-14). The Competition was held at the Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Nina Youn Won GCYS 2015 Concerto Competition!
Congratulation to WPMA student Nina Youn for winning the 2015 Georgia County Youth Symphony Concerto Competition! Nina was featured as a soloist and performed ‘Winter’ from A. Vivaldi’s Four
Season with GCYS on November 17, 2015!
WPMA student Monica Chang Won GCYS 2014 Concert Competition!
Congratulations to WPMA student, Monica Chang, a freshman at North Gwinnett High School for winning the Georgia Symphony Youth Orchestra 2014 Concerto Competition! Monica is also the concertmaster of the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony. Monica featured as a soloist and performed the Bach Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV1042 with the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony!
WPMA students Won 2015 GHP!
The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. The GHP received approximately 2,800 applicants for the 2015 application cycle. 10 violinists and 4 alternates for GHP Violin Finalists were chosen this year.
A big congratulations to WPMA students Joseph Pang, Amy Zhang, Kyle Qian and Annie Su for winning the positions among 10 violinist and 4 alternates to the 2015 GHP!
WPMA Students Received Awards and Recognition!
We are very proud that three of our students received awards and recognition at the 2014 GMTA State Auditions for Instrumental, Instrumental Concerto, Voice and College Piano. Ling Yi Xin, age 15, was recognized as Conference Recitalist in the 10th and 11th Grade Division. She also was selected as the first alternate in the concerto competition. Grace Chen, age 14, received an Award of Excellence in the 8th and 9th Grade Division. Serena Gao, age 13, received an Award of Excellence in her 6th and 7th Grade Division. We are very proud of these students and of their achievements. Congratulations to Ling Yi, Grace and Serena!