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The Music Guild's

Jackie McGehee

Young Artists' Competition

2018 Application

Please note that the Competition

will be held in the recital hall from

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM at

Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc.

3201 Carlisle Blvd. NE

Albuquerque 87110


to download the 2018 JMYAC application!

The deadline for submitting your application is December 8, 2017.

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New Mexico Philharmonic Concert

with our

JMYAC Winners

May 27, 2017

~ Photos ~

CLICK HERE or on the image above to view the photos from

the New Mexico Philharmonic concert with our JMYAC winners

on May 27, 2017.

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The Music Guild's

Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

February 18, 2017

~ Photos ~

CLICK HERE or on the image above to view the photos from

the Music Guild's Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

on February 18, 2017.

~ Photos courtesy of Mike Furnish and Dusty Blech ~

The Music Guild's

Jackie McGehee

Young Artists' Competition

~ 2017 WINNERS ~



First Place                                                                                         Sophie Yang

Second Place                                                                                     David Fu

Third Place                                                                                       Andreas Landstedt



First Place                                                                                         Sam Barrett

Second Place                                                                                     Abby Herrick

Third Place                                                                                       Toby Vigneau

All About Our 2017 JMYAC Winners

Sophie Yang took first place in piano with her performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. Op. 16. III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato. Sophie is a senior at La Cueva High School and began studying piano at the age of six. At the age of 12, she began competing in local, state, and regional competitions. She currently studies with Larry Blind. Sophie also enjoys listening to music, solving math problems, reading, swimming, and spending time with friends and family. Sophie is the daughter of Chengyan Zhou and Yiming Yang.

David Fu won second place in piano performance with Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15. I. Allegro con brio. David is in the 7th grade at Desert Ridge Middle School and began studying the piano at age 6. He is currently studying with Tatyana Bayliveya, building a repertoire, and mastering his piano skills. He also enjoys competitive swimming, reading, playing the clarinet, and mathematics. David’s mother is Hui Shen.

Third Place in piano performance went to Andreas Landstedt, who played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in F major. Andreas is a 15-year-old senior at the School of Dreams Academy (Las Lunas) and studies with Professor Falko Steinbach at UNM as a dual-credit student. In addition to classical music, Andreas enjoys composition and improvisation, plus playing soccer. He is the son of Brenda and Frederik Landstedt.

Sam Barrett, cello, won first place in strings with his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Sam is a senior at the New Mexico School for the Arts. He began playing the cello when he was 9 and has studied with Carla Lehmeier-Tatum for 6 years.  He has been a member of several ensembles with the New Mexico School for the Arts, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, and other orchestras. He was the second-place winner in the 2016 competition. Sam also composes, arranges, and records music. Sam’s parents are Richard and Gennie Barrett.

Second-place winner Abby Herrick is a senior at the Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics, and Science Academy. She studies with Dr. Carmelo de los Santos at UNM as a dual-credit student. For the competition, she played Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, op. 21. I. Allegro non troppo. She began playing the violin at age 7 and attends music festivals every summer. Abby has performed in numerous venues with ensembles and as a soloist. Her extracurricular activities focus on music, art, and travel. Abby is the daughter of Marna and Randy Herrick.

Third-place winner, Toby Vigneau, is in the 9th grade at the New Mexico School for the Arts. Toby began playing the violin at the age of 5. He is studying the double bass with Mark Tatum and performed Dittersdorf’s No. 2 in D major. I. Allegro moderato for the competition. He also plays the bassoon in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony. Toby was invited to perform for the Chatter Series and has appeared twice as a concerto soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic. Toby’s parents are Kim Fredenburgh and Kevin Vigneau.


List of JMYAC First Place Winners 1994-2017

See who has won the Music Guild's JMYAC Competition since its inception in 1994!


Since 1992, the Music Guild of New Mexico (MGNM), formerly known as the New Mexico Symphony Guild (NMSG), held an annual concerto competition for young musicians in our state.  This event is named for Jackie McGehee, a long-time NMSG/MGNM member and past president of the NMSG, who spearheaded and underwrote the event at its beginning and continues to underwrite the program.  This event has become one of the premier competitions in the state and provides monetary awards for the winners and opportunities to perform with a professional orchestra.

In 2009, this event was renamed the Music Guild's Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition for Piano and Strings to reflect an expansion of its musical scope.  We are very pleased to note that, since its inception, many nationally known musicians have traveled to Albuquerque from all over the U.S. to adjudicate this competition.

The competition is open to New Mexico students aged 13 at the time of application through 18. An application for the competition will be available from music teachers throughout New Mexico and on our website in the fall of 2017.

The first-place winner in each division receives a cash award of $2,000 plus a solo performance with the New Mexico Philharmonic.  Second- and third-place winners also receive cash awards and possible performance opportunities.  The prize monies for these exceptional students total $7000.00.

We encourage all talented high school-aged musicians in New Mexico to apply for participation in the JMYAC.  We welcome all MGNM members, teachers, students, families, and friends to enjoy these wonderful performances and share in the festivities of the day.  It is an event not to be missed and one that makes us all proud of the talent of future generations of classical musicians.

For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Paula Bradley.