Jefferson City Symphony

Piano Concerto Competition

Pianist Claire Kang

The the winner of our 2017 piano concerto competition, Claire Kang, performed Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major on our season final concert, April 25, 2017.

A student of Dr. Hye-Jung Hong, "Claire" Malgeum Kang is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Missouri State University. Born in Seoul, Korea, Claire attended Gyeonggi Arts High School and received her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree at Seokeong University with the highest honor. While attending Seokeong University, she received the Dean's scholarship for academic excellence. In 2016, she won the Henrietta Keller Music Scholarship at Missouri State University. Other honors and awards include top prize at the 2013 Korean Young Artist Piano Competition and an invitation to attend the Seoul Arts School International Music Festival. Ms. Kang is also an active collaborator. In 2015, she gave a piano duo recital with pianist Eunhee Kho at the Mozart Concert Hall in Seoul. Last year, she gave a recital with Darwyn Apple, former first violinist of Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, at the Hammons Hall of Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Missouri.

Student Service Awards

Every year at the season final concert the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra presents awards to its deserving high school musicians.

2017 Graduating High School Senior Recognition

The Ruth Morse Wilson Award

This award is presented to graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary musicianship and who desire to pursue a university degree in music.

Ruth Morse Wilson was born in Hannibal, Missouri. After moving to Jefferson City in 1953 she was a member of the Morning Music Club, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Advisory Board of the Missouri Arts Council, Capitol City Council on the Arts, Capitol City Womens' Club, a past Missouri State President and a Life Member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Mrs. Wilson passed away in April 2001 at the age of 96.

Our 2017 Wilson Award recipients is Alison Riggs.

The Lawrence Woodman - Robert Mansur Senior Student Service Award

This award is presented to a graduating senior who has shown commitment to exemplary service and loyalty to the Orchestra.

It is a collaborative financial award from Lawrence Woodman and Robert A. Mansur. Lawrence Woodman was a life long participant and supporter of the JCSO, dating to many years prior to WW-II. Until his passing in 1969 he was Robert Mansur's teacher and mentor. Mr. Mansur first performed with the JCSO in 1939. Along with Carl Burkel and other musicians he was responsible for rejuvenating the JCSO after WW-II and he served as its first president. He was the JCSO Principal Flautist for 46 years until his retirement in 1996. Mr. Mansur passed away in February 2017 at the age of 95.

Our 2016 Woodman-Mansur Award recipient is Rachel Ulm.