Academy Hits Right Notes for Young Musicians

The third annual Westmont Academy for Young Artists (WAYA), an intensive two-week program for local musicians ages 10-18, is Aug. 7-18 at Westmont.  Tuition costs $1575 with a $25 application fee. Scholarships are available at

WAYA is designed to significantly improve students’ instrumental technique and musical artistry. “This training will help students prepare for their orchestral and chamber music activities at school, college auditions and MTAC’s Certificate of Merit,” says WAYA director Han Kim (violin, viola).

WAYA features faculty members Mary Beth Woodruff (violin), Emily Sommermann (violin), Hailey Kim (cello), Andrea Di Maggio (flute), Laura Walter (flute), Trey Farrell (oboe), Joanne Kim (clarinet), Andy Radford (bassoon, conducting), Neil Di Maggio (piano), Jeong-ah Ryu (piano) and Michael Shasberger (conducting).

“Our instructors include nationally acclaimed musicians, performers and teachers,” Kim says. “We will teach, inspire and mentor students through lessons, performances, workshops and classes.”

In addition to playing their primary instrument, participants will study music theory, sight-reading and conducting, which will help them fully understand the conductor. They will learn other skills, such as working and communicating with fellow musicians, preparing to perform under pressure, techniques for practicing, preparing for college, and advice about college applications. Each student will receive four private lessons and attend workshops and classes.

“A select few will perform with our renowned faculty, which is a unique opportunity noteworthy on any college music resume,” Kim says.