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Hannah Cho

President, Founder


Hannah Cho is currently a rising senior at Pacific Academy and a full scholarship (Thibaudet Scholarship) student at Colburn Music Academy.  She has been recognized as a National YoungArts 2023 finalist, first place winner in the U.S. Navy Band Young Artist Solo Competition, and the California MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Senior performance competition, second place winner in the National MTNA competition, National Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition,  U.S Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition, amongst others. As a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician appearing with the NYO2 2022 Orchestra and Principal of the 2022 NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra, she has played in various halls across the countries multiple times, including the New World Center, Merkin Hall, Nixon Library, and Carnegie Hall. In addition, she performed the Marcello Oboe concerto this May with the U.S. Navy Band as a follow-up to her 1st place finish in their Young Artist Solo Competition.

She currently studies with Eugene Izotov at Colburn Music Academy and Pacific Symphony oboist Ted Sugata. She previously studied with Curtis faculty and Baltimore Symphony Principal Katherine Needleman on a scholarship, and Santa Monica Symphony Principal Victoria Lee. She has attended masterclasses with Curtis faculty and Philadelphia Principal Philippe Tondre, Juilliard Faculty, and MET opera Co-Principals Nathan Hughes and Elaine Douvas, amongst others.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarship

  • 2024 National MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), Second place

  • 2023-2025  Merit-Based Full Scholarship (Thibaudet Scholarship) from Colburn Music Academy

  • 2023  National YoungArts Competition, Finalist, Participated in the 2023 National YoungArts Week in Miami

  • 2023  U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Second Place

  • 2023  US Navy Band's Young Artist Solo Competition, First Place,  Performed as the Featured Soloist with the US Navy Band

  • 2022 OCSA Concerto Competition Winner,  Performed a Solo Concerto with OCSA Symphony Orchestra

  • 2022, 2023 California and Divisional MTNA, First place

  • 2022  Young Artist Competition of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA, Silver Medal

  • 2022  From the Top,  Finalist, Featured in Daily Joy in December 2022

  • 2022  Katherine Needleman (Curtis Faculty, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal) Scholarship Winner

  • 2022  Midwest Double Reed Society’s Eric Varner Young Artist Competition, First Place

  • 2022  US Navy Band's Young Artist Solo Competition, Second place

  • 2022  Music International Grand Prix competition, First Place, Performed at the Winner’s Recital at Merkin’s Hall, Received a Scholarship for the 2023 Interlochen Summer Program

  • 2021  Outstanding Middle School Student in Orange County School of the Arts Symphonic Band

  • 2021  Mount San Antonio College Solo Competition, Grand Prize

  • 2021  MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), National Finalist & Third Place

  • 2021  MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), California State and Southwest Division, First Place

  • 2020  American Protégé International Woodwinds & Brass Competition, First Place

  • 2020  East Coast International Competition, First Place

  • 2018  Musical Arts Competition of Orange County Competition (MACOC), First Place, Performed at the Winner's Recital at Richard M. Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA.

Ensembles and Programs

  • 2022-2023 Domaine Forget de Charlevoix International Music and Dance Academy, Oboe Session

  • 2021-2023  Orange County School of The Arts Symphonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Principal Oboist

  • 2020-2023 California All-State Junior High and High School Band and Orchestra

  • 2022  All-National Symphony Orchestra, Principal Oboist

  • 2022  Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra 2 (NYO2)

  • 2021-2022 Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

  • 2019-2022  Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association’s (SCSBOA) Honor Orchestra.

  • 2021 Juilliard Summer Winds program, Oboe Session

  • 2019-2021 Orange County School of The Arts Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Principal Oboist

  • 2018-2019 Pioneer Middle School Concert Band, Principal Oboist

Through Empowering Arts, Hannah hopes to spread the joy that music and the arts bring to her, and back to the community. In addition to being an oboist, she plays English horn and serves as an oboe teacher to two Santa Ana School District elementary students as part of the Empowering Arts' Music Education and Mentorship Program.

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