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The Music Guild's

Jackie McGehee

Young Artists' Competition

The 2019 Competition was held on

Saturday, February 16, 2019

at 9:00 a.m. in the recital hall at

Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc.

3201 Carlisle Blvd. NE

Albuquerque 87110

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The Music Guild's

Jackie McGehee

Young Artists' Competition

February 16, 2019


CLICK HERE to view the photos

from JMYAC on February 16, 2019 

(Click on an individual photo to see the caption).

~ Photos courtesy of Richard Barrett and Mike Furnish ~

The Music Guild's

Jackie McGehee

Young Artists' Competition

~ 2019 WINNERS ~



First Place                                                                                         Jane Wei

Second Place                                                                                     Wesley Dong

Third Place                                                                                        Gabriel Bennett Higbie

Most Promising                                                                                 Joshua Shevitz


First Place                                                                                         Abigail Monroe

Second Place                                                                                     Lorenzo Gallegos, Jr.

Third Place                                                                                        Analise Granados and

                                                                                                          Luis Paulo C.D. Freire

Most Promising                                                                                 Carol Stringer

All About Our 2019 JMYAC Winners

Our first-place winners were Jane Wei and Abigail Monroe. Winner of the piano competition, Jane Wei, played Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, I. Allegro maestoso. She is a 14-year-old freshman at LaCueva High School. She studies with Tatyana Bayliyeva. 

The second-place winner in piano is Wesley Dong, who played Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, I. Moderato. Wesley is 15 years old and a junior at LaCueva High School. He studies with Larry Blind. 

The third-place winner in piano is Gabriel Bennett Higbie, who is 13 years old and attends Desert Willow Family School in Albuquerque. Gabriel played Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, I. Allegro. He studies with Tatyana Bayliyeva. 

Josh Shevitz received an award as the Most Promising Piano Student. Josh is 17 years old and attends Los Alamos High School. Josh played Bach’s Concerto No. 1, BWV 1052, I. Allegro. He studies with Tatyana Bayliyeva. 

The first-place winner of the Strings Competition was Abigail Monroe. She played Elgar’s Concerto in E minor for Cello, Op. 85, IV. Allegro. Abigail is a 20-year-old junior at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studies with Jennifer Culp. Abigail resides in Santa Fe. 

The second-place winner in strings was Lorenzo Gallegos, Jr., a 16-year-old junior at Volcano Vista High School. He played Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, I. Allegro non troppo. He studies the violin with David Felberg. 

Two contestants tied for third place in strings. Luiz Paulo C.D. Freire, violin, is a 21-year-old Master’s student at UNM. He is studying with Kim Fredenburgh. Luis played Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28. 

Analise Granados also won third place in strings. She is 14 years old, a sophomore at Albuquerque Academy, and studies with Ruxandra Marquardt. Analise played Bruch’s Concerto in E major, II. Adagio. 

Carol Stringer, violin, received an award as the Most Promising Strings Student. Carol is 17 years old and a sophomore at the University of New Mexico. She played Vaughan Williams’ Suite for Viola and Orchestra, Group II. She studies with Kim Fredenburgh.

List of JMYAC First Place Winners 1994-2018

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 21. An application for the competition will be available from music teachers throughout New Mexico and on our website in the fall of 2019.

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 $7,000.00.

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 Karla Bressan.