Friday, February 15, 2019

2019 YVC Finals

And the 2019 YVC winners are:  
1st Place - Sophia Ines Valenti (Santa Rosa)
2nd Place, Best Bach and Best New Piece -Sydney Whipple (Oakland)
3rd Place - Vincenzo Calcagno - (Vallejo)

The Northern California Viola Society was honored to host the talented young Finalists who performed with Collaborative Pianist, Lori Lack on the afternoon of March 10th, 2019 at the San Francisco Community Music Center for our Young Violists Competition.

The six finalists and hometowns (in alphabetical order):

Vincenzo Calcagno - (Vallejo)
Emily Hwang -  (Palo Alto)
Shinwho Kwun- (San Ramon)
Yannie - (Redwood City)
Sophia Ines Valenti (Santa Rosa)
Sydney Whipple - (Oakland)

Congratulations to our finalists, and thank you to all the talented young violists who applied and sent in recorded auditions. Northern California has a young violist population to be proud of! The NCVS panel were impressed with the quality of all the applicants.

2019 NCVS YVC Details
March 10th
Awards, reception-4:30
(12pm finalists warm-up)
Community Music Center
544 Capp St., San Francisco


Ruth Ellen Rose, Violist with Earplay, Professor at UC Davis and UC Berkeley
Dr. Tom Tatton, former president of the American Viola Society
Patricia Whaley, Principal Violist with Symphony Silicon Valley

Each Finalist performed one movement of solo Bach and a movement from a concerto or sonata, plus our composition competition winning piece, "Out of Mud" by Denise Ondishko.

LOOK Out for news about 2020 YVC in the Fall and start practicing!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018


We held a very successful 2019 Young Violists Competition. The concert and finals of the competition took place March 10, 2019 at the San Francisco Community Music Center. This was open to outstanding young violists age 19 and under as of Jan 6, 2019. See the NCVS Young Violists Competition page (button above) for details. We are at work on a May 11, 2019 Spring Salon and a November 11, 2019 ViolaMania 4 - watch this space, and if you're interested, email us at to get involved! This non-profit organization management thing gets tricky, since all of us (volunteers) involved in running it are pretty busy with a variety of other things as well as trying to boost the community's love for all things viola. So, thanks for your patience but in reality more will happen if you get involved yourself and make it happen!

We wish you a wonderful 2019! Get in touch if you have any great ideas for new NCVS activities! Email us at