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Dordt student Sophie Jin is finalist in piano competition

April 1, 2014

“Playing with an orchestra as a soloist has been my dream and an item on the top of my bucket list,” says Sophie Jin who will be able to check it off her list after performing in the Cherokee Symphony’s Young Artist’s Concert on May 4, at 4 p.m. in the Cherokee Community Center.

Jin, a Dordt College chemistry major from Ontario, California, auditioned in March as part of the Cherokee Symphony’s Young Artists Concerto competition. The first performer of the day, Jin performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, a piece she’s worked on for the past two years. Dordt College junior, Nathan Walters, accompanied Jin and played the second piano part.

For as long as she can remember, Jin has been studying piano. “I don’t know when exactly I started, but my mom says I played and was able to read music since I was two or three years old,” said Jin. Her mother, a concert pianist, was Jin’s first piano teacher. Jin studied for five years under Dr. Artemis Bedros and has studied with Dordt Piano and Organ Instructor MaryLou Wielenga for the past three years.

Last year Jin won second place at the 2nd Annual Grant Piano Competition in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She has competed and taken high honors in a number of competitions, including first place at the Pomona branch of the Bach Festival in 2010, and she won a regional Honor of Bach Festival at the state level in California. She was nominated as the best senior performer and received honors from the Pomona branch of the Music Teachers Association of California, and she earned a variety of honors in elementary school. Jin has also been an invited performer at the Claremont Mayor’s Recital, Sequoia Concert, and the Foothill Philharmonic Society.

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