Colin Choi is a senior at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, IL and studies with Sueanne Metz. At age 7, Colin won first place in the International Youth Praise Festival and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The following year, Colin was selected as a winner of the International Chopin Celebration Competition and was featured in a concert at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Colin made his concerto debut in 2011 with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra which was broadcasted on WFMT 98.7 classical station. Since then, he has performed as a soloist with the Kishwaukee Symphony, the Harper Symphony, and the Chicago Civic Orchestras. Colin was a first place winner in numerous competitions including the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, the Arthur Monzka Young Artists Concerto Competition, and the Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition, the Aloha International Piano Festival, the Enkor International Competition, the Chopin Youth Competition, and the Sejong Music Competition. He was also the Illinois state winner in the MTNA Competition of 2014. Colin was a prize winner in the New Music National Young Artist Competition, the Chopin International Competition in Hartford, CT and the Los Angeles Young Musicians International Competition where he also received the award for Best Contemporary Music performance. Most recently, Colin was awarded as the First Alternate in the 2018 Crain-Mailing Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Colin is currently the pianist for the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra and also enjoys playing the drums and guitar. This upcoming summer, Colin will be travelling to S. Dakota for the fourth consecutive year to assist in work projects in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He wants music to play a major role in his future and hopes his performances will inspire the young generations to appreciate classical music.
Katelyn Chung, 18, is a senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. She is a member of National Honors Society, Key Club, and Student Council. Katelyn was a class leader for Give A Thon which provided local underprivileged families with basic needs and holiday gifts for the children. She volunteered at Streetfest raising money for local charities benefiting children with disabilities. As for Key Club, she actively participates in Feed My Starving Children where she packages food for impoverished children in foreign countries. As a member of Student Council, she contributed to the planning and execution of multiple school-sponsored events, such as the Homecoming and Winterfest dances.
Katelyn was a competitive gymnast for 9 years as a team member of Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center, Ultimate Gymnastics of Gurnee, and Girls Varsity Gymnastics at Stevenson High School. She was a member of the Illinois State Level 6 First Place Team with Ultimate. In addition to competing, she helped coach the Stevenson Junior Varsity Gymnastics team, organize competition meets, and planned team building activities.
Albert Chen is a junior at Hinsdale Central High School, Illinois. He is currently studying piano under the instruction of Sueanne Metz. He has won various awards and honors at local, regional, and international piano competitions, such as the CAMTA Sonata Festival, US New Star Piano Competition, American Fine Arts Festival Piano Competition, American Protege International Music Talent Competition, International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso, Great Composers Competitions Best Beethoven Performance, Master of Piano Sonata, Best Schumann Performance, and the Art of Piano, among others. He performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and Parco della Musica in Rome, and participated in multiple piano summer camps. As an active member of 88Keys to Cure, he has enthusiastically involved himself in advertising and performing at its many charity events. At his high school, Albert has been part of the school’s Business Professionals of America team as well as its charity club and contributes to his school's newspaper. Albert also enjoys playing tennis, snowboarding, and creative writing.
Anna Xie is a Sophomore at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL and currently studies piano with Sueanne Metz. Some of her past accomplishments include gold medals at Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association Sonata Festival, Fox Hills Music Teachers Association Sonata Festival, first places at Granquist Music Competitions and Illinois Music Association Competitions. Under Mrs. Metz, some of her accomplishments include gold medals at Chicago Area Music Piano Contest (CAMTA) Sonata Festival for three consecutive years, prize winner at 2017 Best Mozart Performance Competition, 2018 Roberta Savler Piano Contest, 2018 Rising Talent Americas International Music Competition, and 2018 ENKOR International Piano Competition. In 2017, she had the honor to perform in the American Fine Arts Festival Recital at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Outside of music, Anna participates in competitive debate and enjoys track. She enjoys learning and performing with her peer musicians and hopes to inspire others through music.
William Zhu is a sophomore at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He has studied piano with Sueanne Metz since he was 5 years old. William won first place at the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition in 2018 and performed at the winner’s concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. William also won prizes from a number of other competitions in the past, including the Great Composer Competition (2018), the ENKOR International Music Competition (2018), US New Star Piano Competition (2018), the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition (2017), the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (2015), the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition (2015), the Society of American Musicians Competition (2014) and the American Fine Arts Festival (2011).
William participates in the science and math teams at school. He has competed in Science Olympiad for the past four years and has won individual and team first place gold medals at national tournaments for the middle school division. William is a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar, and is a member of the Julian C. Stanley Study of Exceptional Talent (SET) Program by John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. William is a first-place winner from the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) in each of the past three years, and he was a Duke University Talent Identification Program’s Scholar of Distinction in 2017. In addition, William enjoys cross country and fencing at high school, and he actively participates in the community services.
Howard Dai is a sophomore at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois. He has been studying piano with Sueanne Metz since the age of 9. Some of Howard’s most notable accomplishments include first place at the 2014 Granquist Music Competition, gold medals at the 2016 CAMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival and the 2016 NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, first prize at the Great Composers Competition - The Music of Germany and Austria, first prize at the 36th CAMTA Roberta Savler Contest (2016), first prize at the Great Composers Competition - The Music of the 18th Century, a gold medal at the 2017 CAMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, first place at the 2017 Granquist Music Competition, first place at the 2017 Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition, first prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, first prize and best Korean interpretation at the 2019 Sejong Music Competition. Howard has also achieved placement at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, NWSMTA, ISMTA, Future Stars International Piano Competition, U.S. New Star Piano Competition, Great Composers Competition - Rachmaninoff, American Fine Arts Concerto Competition, Music Festival in Honor of Confucius, and the Osaka International Music Competition. Through these musical accomplishments, Howard has earned opportunities to play at Carnegie Hall two times (2016, 2018) and travel the world and perform in various foreign countries such as Austria, Russia, Italy, and Japan.
Howard is also a participant for the Glenbrook North Math Team. During his freshman year, he placed 3rd individually at the ICTM State Math Contest and contributed to Glenbrook North’s overall 1st place finish. Howard was also the only freshman on Glenbrook North’s competitive team for the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament, and was a top 6 high-scoring freshman overall in the North Suburban Math League. He has been on the AMC10 honor roll in both his freshman and sophomore year, allowing him to participate in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) each year. Apart from math, Howard is invested in the studies of literature and history, and is a member of the Glenbrook Academy of International Studies. He also participated in Glenbrook North tennis and wrestling, and enjoys staying physically active and playing sports, teaching piano/math lessons, and playing video games during his free time.
Ryan Liu is a freshman at Stevenson High School. He began studying piano with Sueanne Metz at age 7. Some of his past achievements are gold medals at the Chicago Area Music teacher Association’s Sonata Festival for 2 years in a row, first prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso competition which allowed him to perform in Rome, first prize at the Illinois Music Association competition for best solo performance, First prize at the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius, and also First prize in the American Protege competition and the American Fine Arts Festival competition, both of which allowed him to perform at Carnegie hall at ages 8 and 9. He has also placed in other competitions such as the Sejong Music Competition, ISMTA, the USA New Star Piano competition, and previous years of the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius.
Beyond Piano, Ryan also has many other hobbies and interests. He is a member of the math team at Stevenson High school, and was the captain of the math team at his former middle school. He also enjoys playing and competing in badminton. He has also participated in esports in the past, as the only freshman (at the time) on Stevenson’s varsity Counter Strike:Global Offensive team, taking home the semi - finalist title in the High School Esports League’s Fall Major (2019). Some clubs he participates in are Key Club, Physics club, and Math club. In the past, he has competed in kung fu, figure skating, cross country, track, and table tennis. His other hobbies include biking, calisthenics, reading, volunteering, cooking new dishes, and learning. He really likes dark chocolate.