Ima Hogg Competition

 

  REQUIREMENTS REPERTOIRE AVAILABLE  

Barbara McCelvey, 2017 Competition Chair

We are now accepting applications! The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 15, 2017. Apply here.

About the Competition: 

The Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition is one of the foremost multi-instrument competitions in the world. Named to honor the memory of Miss Ima Hogg, a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, this prestigious competition is designed to identify outstanding young instrumentalists and support their pursuit of careers in music. Ten contestants will be selected to perform in the Semi-finals. Four finalists will advance to perform with the Houston Symphony to determine the winner of The Grace Woodson Memorial First Prize and a $25,000 award. This national competition is open to young musicians, ages 16-26 who play standard orchestral instruments and piano.


 2017 IMA HOGG COMPETITION PRIZES


 

-FIRST PRIZE-
THE GRACE WOODSON MEMORIAL AWARD
Generously given by The Dennis Family in memory of Grace Woodson
$25,000
Solo performance with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall in July, 2017 (exact date TBD)

-SECOND PRIZE-
THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY LEAGUE AWARD
Given in recognition of Jerry Priest, founding Chair of the Competition and in honor of the Houston Symphony League
$10,000
Solo performance with the Houston Symphony at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, July 1, 2017

-THIRD PRIZE-
THE SELMA NEUMANN MEMORIAL AWARD
Presented by the Houston Symphony League Bay Area in memory of Selma Neumann, Founding President of the Houston Symphony League Bay Area
$5,000

-FOURTH PRIZE-
THE JEAN WHITBREAD KUCERA AWARD
Given by Lilly and Thurmon Andress in loving memory of Lilly's mother, Jean Whitbread Kucera
$2,500

-ARTISTIC ENCOURAGEMENT-
THE ROBERT AND NANCY PEISER AWARD FOR ARTISTIC ENCOURAGEMENT
Given by the Houston Symphony Board's Immediate Past President and his wife to provide encouragement to one of the finalists - and selected by the musicians of the Houston Symphony
$1,000 

-AUDIENCE CHOICE-
THE HERMAN SHOSS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
Given by Diane and Harry Gendel in loving memory of her father, Herman Shoss, a former violinist in the Houston Symphony
$1,000

 

 


SPONSORS:
The Houston Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition.

            

         Official Television Partner  
 
   
Official Health Care Provider

 
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Contact: For more information on supporting the Competition, please contact Molly Simpson at molly.simpson@houstonsymphony.org or 713-337-8526 or Liam Bonner at liam.bonner@houstonsymphony.org or 713-337-8536. 

 

 


2016 IMA HOGG COMPETITION WINNERS 


Luke Hsu, violin

-FIRST PRIZE-
THE GRACE WOODSON MEMORIAL AWARD
Generously given by The Dennis Family in memory of Grace Woodson
$25,000
Solo performance with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall on Saturday, July 9, 2016

-ARTISTIC ENCOURAGEMENT-
THE ROBERT AND NANCY PEISER AWARD FOR ARTISTIC ENCOURAGEMENT
Given by the Houston Symphony Board's Immediate Past President and his wife to provide encouragement to one of the finalists - and selected by the musicians of the Houston Symphony
$1,000 

-AUDIENCE CHOICE-
THE HERMAN SHOSS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
Given by Diane and Harry Gendel in loving memory of her father, Herman Shoss, a former violinist in the Houston Symphony
$1,000


 


Christine J. Lee, cello
-SECOND PRIZE-
THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY LEAGUE AWARD
Given in recognition of Jerry Priest, founding Chair of the Competition and in honor of the Houston Symphony League
$10,000
Solo performance with the Houston Symphony at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 25, 2016

Brian Lin, piano

-THIRD PRIZE-
THE SELMA NEUMANN MEMORIAL AWARD
Presented by the Houston Symphony League Bay Area in memory of Selma Neumann, Founding President of the Houston Symphony League Bay Area
$5,000

 


 


Samuel Chan, marimba
-FOURTH PRIZE-
THE JEAN WHITBREAD KUCERA AWARD
Given by Lilly and Thurmon Andress in loving memory of Lilly's mother, Jean Whitbread Kucera
$2,500

2015 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

2014 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Lin Ma, clarinet
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Maria Chlebus, marimba
  • 4th Prize: Fedor Amosov, cello
  • Audience Choice Award: Fedor Amosov
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Fedor Amosov

2013 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Moran Katz, clarinet
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Vladimir Khomyakov, piano
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Min Jung Kim, piano
  • 4th Prize: Elizabeth Fayette, violin
  • Audience Choice Award: Moran Katz
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Moran Katz

2012 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Megan (Levin) Conley, harp
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Wei Chen Lin, marimba
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Laura Park, violin
  • 4th Prize: Andrew Staupe, piano
  • Audience Choice Award: Andrew Staupe

2011 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize / Gold Medalist: Brook Speltz, cellist
  • 2nd Prize / Silver Medalist: Esther Park, pianist
  • 3rd Prize / Bronze Medalist: Siwoo Kim, violinist
  • 4th Prize: Geraldine Ong, pianist
  • Audience Choice Award: Geraldine Ong

 

Photo credit: Anthony Rathbun

 

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