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Awards to High School Seniors

The Symphony Association wishes to recognize students who have been active in music during their high school careers. The awards are based on participation in musical events and activities, particularly activities that support music education and music in the community.

All high school seniors who reside and/or attend school in Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, Dublin, or San Ramon, California, or who have actively participated as LAS musicians, are invited to apply for one of the $400 awards administered by the Symphony Association.

The awards include the John H. Green Memorial Award; the Bill King Memorial Award; and two Livermore-Amador Symphony Association Awards, one of which is named in honor of Music Director Emeritus Arthur P. Barnes.

Applications for the 2019–20 season awards were due by October 21, 2019, but are available for your reference as a Word document or as a pdf file. Awards were presented at the Symphony’s concert on the evening of December 7, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact LAS Awards Committee Chair Nissa Nack at (925) 484-1942 or

Awards presented in December 2019
(text is from the December 2019 evening concert program)

Symphony Association Award
One of two awards established by the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association.

The LAS Association Award goes to soprano and opera aficionado Habin Kim, a student at Foothill High School whose voice teacher is Jennie Byun. At Foothill, Habin has been a member of the concert choir, treble choir, and chamber choir. In the chamber choir, she has been a soloist, soprano section leader, and ensemble president. This year, Habin is student director of the treble choir. She also founded the Tri-Valley Music Honors Society, which helps coordinate performances in hospitals and senior centers in the community. Habin has participated in the California Choral Directors Association’s regional and all-state honor choirs for the past four years. Most recently, she won first place in the senior division of the Music Teachers’ Association of California competition VOCE 2019.

Arthur P. Barnes Award
This Livermore-Amador Symphony Association Award is named
in honor of Music Director Emeritus Arthur P. Barnes.

Daniel Mah receives the Arthur P. Barnes Award. Daniel is a student at Amador Valley High School who has studied piano extensively with Yoon Sen Lee and currently studies with Yoshikazu Nagai. He has played in jazz bands at school and participated in jazz festivals throughout California. At Amador he has accompanied choral groups, played in pit orchestras for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Cinderella, and soloed with the orchestra in “Rhapsody in Blue”; plus, during his freshman year, he played violin in the orchestra. He organized a fundraising concert for his church in 10th grade and has entertained at convalescent homes and hospitals throughout high school. Daniel performed with LAS in February this year, playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as a winner of the 2018–2019 Competition for Young Musicians, and he is a performer today in Carnival of the Animals.

John H. Green Memorial Award
Established by Tot and John W. Green in memory of their son, John H. Green;
he played horn, attended Granada High School,
and received a Symphony Association Award.

The recipient of the John H. Green Memorial Award this year is Livermore High School student Morgan Rogge, whose current music instructors are Amy Ballard, Justin Enright, and Christopher Filice. Morgan’s varied, extensive musical activities at LHS have included playing cymbals in the Cowboy pep band, singing soprano as lead vocalist in the jazz band, playing cello in the chamber choir, and playing euphonium in the marching band. She was a command performer at the Livermore School District Solo & Ensemble Festival in 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. Morgan has sung in vocal groups including Livermore High’s chamber choir, Valley Concert Chorale, and a quartet in the LHS production of State Fair. Bolstered by her various solo performances at her church in Livermore, Morgan sang the national anthem before the start of an Oakland A’s game this August.

Bill King Memorial Award
Established by Jean King in memory of Bill King, the son of Jean and Walter King;
Bill loved music and played cello and trombone
at Jackson and East Avenue Middle Schools.

This year’s recipient of the Bill King Memorial Award is cellist and Amador Valley High School student Sarah Yoon. A member of Amador’s symphony orchestra and of the marching band color guard throughout high school, she has been cello section leader in the orchestra since her junior year. Sarah has played in pit orchestras for Amador’s productions of Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Cinderella. She is the current president of the music council and co-president of the Music for Change club, which meets weekly after school. In addition, she is principal cello of the Silicon Valley Youth Symphony and has been active in that organization’s summer camp, most recently as an assistant teacher. She has played cello at benefit concerts and in numerous groups, including the Korean American Musicians’ Supporters Association, where she is principal cello.

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