2018 Judges for the Helen B. Goodlin Awards

Senior Instrumental              
Yao Zhao                                          
Warren Gref                                    
Branden Muresan                          

Junior Instrumental
Taylor Smith
Charles King
James Sepulvado

Division III Keyboard
Shun-Lin (Sam) Chou, Master Class
Inga Kapouler Gartner
Hui Wu

Division II Keyboard                                      
Diane Snodgrass                              
Tim Howard                                    
Ching-Ming Cheng                          

Division I Keyboard
Maria Teresa Sierra
Brian Verhoye
Wan-Chin Chang

2018 Goodlin Acknowledgement & Concert Program

We just had a full weekend with the Goodlin Competition and Winners’ Concert. The judges had some difficult decisions but chose some phenomenal musicians and you may look up several of them on YouTube. We enjoyed a master class with Shun-Lin (Sam) Chou. Take a look at the Winners’ Concert program here. Thanks to all of the students, judges, volunteers, teachers, and parents who participated. A special thanks to Yuko Maruyama who has taken the Goodlin Festival up a step or two.

2018 Playathon Donor Acknowledgement

With the help of the teacher members of the Music Teachers Association of CA, San Diego Branch, and parents and students we bring you today’s concerts. You have helped raise over $1000 to support the Helen B. Goodlin contest in May 2018, and this year, we are able to give a higher grant to Certificate of Merit seniors. The Helen B. Goodlin Foundation is now raising money for the Kids into Music program, headed by Yuko Maruyama. It enables deserving students who otherwise could not afford lessons to study music. All four of our recipients are performing in today’s Playathon. Thanks to the San Diego Foundation for their guidance and to the MTAC for a generous donation to the Helen B. Goodlin Fund.

I wish to especially thank the following donors for their generosity.

Simone de Bruyne & Timothy Lewis, Lee Galloway, Jim Guerin, Aziz & Nathalie Gholmieh, Jing Chen Lee, William H. Lee, Yuko Maruyama, Jarl & Christine Nelson, Olga Postnikova, Lea Schmidt-Rogers, Armin & Rachel Schwartzman, Viktor Shekhtmann, Jonathan & Lielei Wahlmann, Chen Wang, William Wang, Renu Wijay, John C. Wu & Kim L. Harper, Guangming Xiao & Wei Liu, Mantian Xu and Da Yang, Feng Ye & Liang Zhao, Hui Li & Junhua Zhao

Shun-Lin (Sam) Chou Masterclass, May 19, 2018

Dr. Shun-Lin Chou has appeared internationally in concerto, solo, and chamber performances. Declared an artist of international stature (Taiwan Times), who shined at the piano … effortlessly and flawlessly(Schwäbische Zeitung, Germany), he has performed to critical acclaim as soloist with over a dozen orchestras in such prestigious venues as the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, and the Eastman Theatre.

Dr. Chou has completed an around-the-world recital tour to Europe and Asia, with successful performances in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States. Recent appearances include concerto re-engagements with the Gala Festival Orchestra (Taiwan), Braddell Heights Symphony (Singapore), as well as the Antelope Valley Symphony, and the Long Beach Community Concert Association. An experienced chamber musician, Chou was a member of the Hawthorne Trio, the resident artist group at Missouri State University.

An active adjudicator and clinician, Shun-Lin Chou has adjudicated for Music Teachers National Association, Fite Young Artist Piano Festival, and the national Hellam Competition, among others, and has presented masterclasses and lecture recitals in colleges and universities in several countries. He was invited to serve a four-day residency in Kansas City, Missouri, as the KCMTA’s 2002 master teacher. He has held a number of posts in music teachers organization, serving twice as Missouri Music Teachers Association’s Convention Chair and is currently state chair of Honors Auditions for California Association of Professional Music Teachers.

Dr. Shun-Lin Sam Chou was appointed Director of Keyboard Studies at California State University, Long Beach in August, 2003. Prior to joining the faculty at CSULB, he served as a tenured associate professor of piano at Missouri State University. An experienced teacher of students of all ages and levels, he has previously taught at Tunghai University summer music festival in Taiwan, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, the Preparatory Piano Laboratory Program at the University of Michigan, and the Eastman School of Music. Chou earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music after being awarded a Graduate Fellowship, and received a Masters in Piano Pedagogy and Performance degree from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers include Nelita True, Louis Nagel and Reginald Gerig.

From the Goodlin Contest Chair

Welcome to a new year of music making. One of the privileges of chairing the H. B. Goodlin Competition has been hearing the students perform at the Playathon as well as at the Goodlin Competition. There is some great teaching going on in San Diego County, and we know that the Goodlin Competition does help many music students fulfill their dreams and advance their careers. These students have gone on to thrill many listeners. We try to update you on the accomplishments of many of them on our website, www.helenbgoodlin.org, and on Facebook (Goodlin Scholarship).

I am proud of our organization, Music Teachers’ Association of California, San Diego Branch (MTACSD), in its quest to raise music standards through contests, festivals, and the Certificate of Merit, manned by an abundance of volunteers.

Thanks again to the William E. Schmidt Foundation, which has increased the first-place prize money, and to the MTAC San Diego Branch Board of Directors which has generously donated to the Foundation. A thank-you also goes to the San Diego Foundation, our financial advisor, always there to answer our questions and skillfully invest our money.

Lea Schmidt-Rogers, Goodlin Competition Chair

2017 Judges for the Goodlin Contest

Cellist Anthony Elliott is in great demand as a soloist, chamber music performer, and teacher. Following his victory in the Emanuel Feuermann International Cello Competition in 1987, he has been a frequent guest soloist with major orchestras. Anthony Elliott has performed most of the standard concerto repertory with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, and the CBC Toronto Orchestra. Presently, Professor Elliott teaches at the University of Michigan

Paula Sokol-Elliott – Violin

Paula began violin studies at the age of five with her father, the renowned teacher and conductor Vilem Sokol.  After attending the University of Washington on a Breecheman Scholarship, Paula graduated with honors from Indiana University where she studied with the legendary Josef Gingold.  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski invited her to join the Minnesota Orchestra, where she recorded the complete works of Ravel and Bartok for Vox Records.  She performed as violinist with the Vancouver Symphony, and as associate concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony.

Paula won the Saunderson Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Los Angeles, CA, and was 1st Violin of the Leclair String Quartet, which toured and recorded for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Chamber music coaches and teachers included Jaime Loredo, Ruggiero Ricci, Gyorgy Sebok, Michael Kuttner of the Hungarian String Quartet, Robert Koff of the Julliard Quartet, and Bernard Goldschmidt of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Paula has performed with the West Point Grey Chamber Players, the Vancouver Chamber Players, the Bach Festival at Mt Angel, OR, the Michigan Chamber Players, and the Chelsea Chamber Players.  She has been on the faculties of the Meadowmount School of Music in New York, the Marrowstone Music Festival, McPhail College, the New Brunswick Music Festival, and the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Solo appearances include the Seattle Youth Symphony, The Seattle Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, and the Flint Symphony where she received a glowing review for performance of John Williams’ masterful violin solo “Remembrances” from Stephen Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.

Paula’s lifelong commitment to teaching began at the age of ten.  She continues to mentor her students in the exploration of the violin and viola repertoire and the technical challenges that each of these instruments present.

Currently Paula performs as Concertmaster of the Dexter Community Orchestra, and plays several concerts a year with the Chelsea Chamber Players.

Taylor Smith is the Chair of Performing Arts at Cuyamaca College where he teaches classes in music performance, industry, and technology. He earned a PhD in Musicology and an MA in Music (Historical Performance Practices) from Claremont Graduate University and a BMA from BYU-Idaho. He frequently performs on double bass and viola da gamba, and produces the occasional recording throughout San Diego. He bikes and surfs a lot (or at least tries to). For more information, visit taylorsmithmusic.com.

A pianist noted for her versatility, Diane Snodgrass performs as a recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. She has recorded for Azica with flutist Lori Bell. In addition, she has taught at various colleges in the past and now maintains a private studio in Poway. Her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano was earned at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Bryan Verhoye is a concert pianist who trained at the USC School of Music, the Aspen Music School, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has won first-prize awards from the International Piano Recording Competition and the Carmel Music Society, as well as multiple awards from the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego. His performance in Carmel of Stravinsky’s “Three Movements From Petrouchka” was broadcast on National Public Radio’s syndicated Performance Today program.

In addition to being featured numerous times with the San Diego Symphony in both classical and jazz settings, he has appeared every December since 2001 in the Carols By Candlelight concert alongside performers such as Kenny Loggins, America, The Little River Band, Stephen Bishop, Billy Ray Cyrus and Kim Carnes; he has also appeared in concert with Grammy-award winning violinist/composer Mark O’Connor.

Mr. Verhoye has appeared frequently as a solo recitalist, accompanist, and concerto and chamber music performer in San Diego and throughout the West Coast. He has performed for the educational outreach programs of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the La Jolla Music Society and the Mainly Mozart Festival. A pianist noted for her versatility, Diane Snodgrass performs as a recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. She has recorded for Azica with flutist Lori Bell. In addition, she has taught at various colleges in the past and now maintains a private studio in Poway. Her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano was earned at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Along with teaching piano, being a published composer and arranger, and being the accompanist for the San Diego Master Chorale since 1998, he is also Music Associate at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, and Adjunct Professor of Music at Grossmont College.

Keith Popejoy has performed with the San Diego Opera and as assistant principal horn with San Diego Symphony. Since 2004, he has been Principal French Horn with Pacific Symphony. He is a long-time resident of San Diego, graduating from SDSU in 1985. This summer, Mr. Popejoy can be found in San Diego performing at his twelfth La Jolla Music Society SummerFest.

Keith Popejoy last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2017.

2017 Helen B. Goodlin Winners

Division I

1st- 5- Adora Xiao
2nd- 8 Justin H Lee
3rd -9- Logan Wang

Eric Li- 4
Madison Yang-9

Division II
1st- 16-Malvyn Lai
2nd- 22- Edmund Sumpena
3rd- 15- Sunny Xiao
HM – 14- Zachary Liu, Emma Li, Daniel Jung, Yujin Jeong

Division III
1st – 37- Anne Liu
2nd- 28 – Ryan Zhou
3rd- 38- Michael Chen

29- Andrew Zhao
30 – Cameron Lincoln
41- Frank Zhou

Junior Instrumental

1st Place- 51 Minji Kim,
2nd Place- 47 Crystal Li- Cellist
3rd Place- 43 Pearl De La Motte- Viola

44- Saeji Hong, Violin
52- Erica Wang, Flute

Senior Instrumental

1st Place- Katherine Zhu, Violin
2nd Place-Song Lee (Amy), Violin
3rd Place-Gabriela Beltran, Flute

HM Evan Zhou, Violin